All individuals interested in learning more about psychoanalytic practice, wishing to develop their own therapeutic skills or wanting to be more involved in the South African Psychoanalytic Community are invited to explore and consider joining any of the member groups listed below.
Member groups may be subject to specific application criteria and others may be closed groups. Please contact the individual groups to find out more.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in South Africa (PPSA) (Journal)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Carol Long;, 011 717 4510, 083 788 0495

Nature and Function of the Group: The professional journal Psycho-analytic Psychotherapy in South Africa (PPSA) is a non-profit journal, established in 1992 by Trevor Lubbe, a child psychoanalytic psychotherapist and Tony Hamburger, a clinical psychologist, both now based inJohannesburg, South Africa. The objective of the PPSA journal is to act as a vehicle for psychoanalytic thinking in order to develop psychoanalytic psychotherapy in areas of theory, clinical practice, training and research. The journal publishes papers that are clinically relevant, theoretically informed and pertinent to contemporary South African life. The PPSA journal is Department of Education accredited for research subsidy purposes: ISSN 1023-0548. It is a peer reviewed journal.

Criteria/Fees/Application: Subscribe to the journal by contacting Allengary Naicker ( . Subscription fees for 2011 are R160 (for individuals); R180 (for institutions). Two editions are published per year.


Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts (SAAJA)

Area: Rosebank, Cape Town

Contact Person: Lynda Blanchard; 021 689 6090

Nature and Function of the Group: The Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts (SAAJA) is a professional society of accredited Jungian Analysts who offer analysis, supervision, seminars, lectures and workshops. The organization provides an internationally recognized postgraduate training in Analytical Psychology for registered health professionals who have a master’s degree or equivalent qualification, and is designed to accommodate practicing psychotherapists, in as well as at a distance from Cape Town. The Public Program Committee arranges monthly analytical psychology lectures and offers Associate Membership of SAAJA to non analysts. Members receive copies of the bi-annual journal, Mantis.

Criteria/Fees/Application: The Centre houses a comprehensive library of Jungian and psychoanalytic literature which is open to the public for a small fee. Interested persons can arrange to be notified via email of SAAJA events.


South African Psychoanalytic Association (SAPA) (National)

Area: Cape Town and Johannesburg

President: Mark Solms –

Contact person:  Gyuri Fodor –

Nature and Function of the Group: SAPA is an IPA (International Psychoanalytical Association) accredited Study Group which has recently been established in South Africa. SAPA’s aim is the development of an IPA-accredited local training in psychoanalysis. Applicants are selected for training by both the local SAPA membership as well as an IPA Sponsoring body which supports the SAPA initiative. The SAPA training includes a full personal psychoanalysis (four or five times weekly), a comprehensive theoretical curriculum on psychoanalysis, clinical seminars within a group structure and individual clinical supervision of two analytic cases. SAPA is closely linked with SAPI (South African Psychoanalytic Initiative) a broad based group of psychoanalytical psychotherapists. SAPI membership funds and supports the SAPA initiative. SAPA members offer SAPI members monthly clinical seminars in bothJohannesburg and Cape Town as well as two annual events: an education day in Johannesburg and an annual weekend conference in Franschhoek.

Criteria/Fees/Application: SAPA is a training organization which welcomes new members via application to train in psychoanalysis.


The Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of South Africa

Area: Faerie Glen, Pretoria, Gauteng / Oude Westhof, Bellville, Western Cape

Contact Person: Pretoria: William Griffith email: Cell:082 871 2201 / Cape Town: Rani Prinsloo email: Cell: 084 515 2366

Nature and Function of the Group:

Reading Groups

The Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of South Africa has a Cape Town and a Pretoria reading group focused on the theory and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Emphasis is mainly on the developmental, self and object relations approach of J.F. Masterson, but includes others as well.

The Pretoria reading group is an open group, which takes place two Wednesday evenings a month, and is facilitated by Mr William Griffith.

The Cape Town reading group is a closed group which takes place every second Thursday. The group is facilitated by Mr Loray Daws, via video conferencing from Canada.

Case Presentations

The Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of South Africa hosts monthly Saturday morning case presentations. This is a forum where the group discusses a case presented by a clinician, and serves as a learning opportunity to see how the theory is translated into practice. This is on open forum, and can be attended by those interested in Pretoria as well as Cape Town, since these two sites are linked via video conferencing. For more information, please contact William Griffith for Pretoria inquiries, and Rani Prinsloo for Cape Town inquiries.

Post Graduate Certificate Program

The three-year postgraduate Certificate Program run by the International Masterson Institute aims to promote a thorough understanding of Masterson’s Developmental, Self and Object Relations Approach and its applications to normal human development, psychopathology, and the basic precepts of psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy, with a special focus on providing therapists with the requisite knowledge and skill required to treat patients who suffer from personality disorders (also classified as disorders of the self). In recent years, significant findings from neurobiology and attachment theory have been integrated into the Masterson Approach’s theoretical framework. The program consists of three years of formal course work, plus clinical supervision. Courses are organized into US fall and spring semesters, each lasting 16 weeks. The Institute encourages the full development of personal and professional capacities and, therefore, strongly recommends personal psychotherapy to candidates. The Institute aims to build a network of highly trained therapists skilled in basic psychodynamic principles as well as theoretical and technical precepts specifically designed for effective treatment of patients suffering from Borderline, Narcissistic and Schizoid disorders. Classes are held at the office of the Masterson Institute in New York City on Friday mornings from 8am to 12pm, but can be joined internationally via video conferencing. For further inquiries, place contact William Griffith.


The faculty offers individual supervision for interested clinicians. This can be done via skype if a supervisee is in a different location. Please contact William Griffith for further information.


The Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of South Africa hosts regular conferences. The next conference will be in Cape Town in August of 2012. Many of the international faculty members present at these conferences. For further information, contact Rani Prinsloo or William Griffith.