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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, […]

I just want to thank you for what you have done for my son. Your consultations with him did him good. Seeing the changes at home and within him made me realize that people in your profession is much needed in our society. I will be forever grateful to you for bringing him to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Celia Julies was born and raised in Paarl where she currently still resides.  “Once a Paarlite, always a Paarlite,” she says. She started off her undergraduate studies up to honours level at the University of the Western Cape where she completed a BA Degree with majors in English and Psychology.  She completed her Honours degree […]

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. […]

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 […]

I have a sexual molestation background with all the abandonment and other abuse issues that accompany this sort of situation: In the past I was forbidden by my family to go for therapy. Everything in my life intensified at the age of thirty. When I moved to the States at the age of 24, I […]

Over a year ago a young man arrived at the hospital in need of psychological help. He had been almost entirely isolated and depressed for 9 years of his life. He was plagued by olfactory delusions and hallucinations (the unshakeable belief and experience of having a body odor unbearable to himself and others). His condition […]