18Jul 2019

Earlier this year, when I first heard José Layman handle someone in distress on the phone, her patient listening, and quiet responses deeply affected me. This resident of Stellenbosch, married to Brandon Layman and mother of two, Gené, 19, and Jaydon, 10, has been the office manager of GHSD (Good Hope Psychological Service) in Stellenbosch […]

03Jun 2019

On Friday May 31st, Sara Van Tonder ( and Carien de Klerk ( presented a workshop to doctors working in emergency care on burnout and compassion fatigue.  It is a very relevant topic to many in the helping professions.  Burnout occurs more often than we think.  Some of the signs are: A generally negative attitude, […]

20May 2019

Claire was born in Johannesburg where she attended primary school.  They then moved to Somerset West, Cape Town when she started high school and has been living in Cape Town ever since. “I have always known that I wanted to work with children,” says Claire. “This lead me on a journey that took me to […]

12Apr 2019

Aimee is one of Good Hope Psychological Service’s registered counsellors at their Paarl branch. Their office is at the TC Newman Memorial Hospital’s Psychiatric Section. This bright and cheerful young woman was born in Newlands, Cape Town, was raised in Stellenbosch and went to the well known Rhenish Girls’ High School. She did her undergrad […]

29Mar 2019

Before joining GHPS as a counsellor, Sara van Tonder was an entomologist for several years, working on the National Collection of Insects in the field of taxonomy and describing several new species of Bruchidae (insects). After leaving the world of insects, she joined SA Breweries, (SAB/Miller) where she taught student brewers how to make beer. […]

29Mar 2019

When I met Carien de Klerk (46), director of GHPS (Good Hope Psychological Service) for the first time it was at Tiger’s Milk in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. I was immediately touched by her sense of loyal responsibility toward GHPS. Carien was born in Kuruman Northern Cape. Her family moved to Johannesburg when she was still […]