01Apr 2020

During the coronavirus lockdown period and probably for the next couple of months, all of us will be starting our days feeling uncertain about the future. Some of us are still optimistic, maybe even excited about new opportunities, while others are struggling to adapt to the restrictions. Although we might react differently to the crisis, […]

29Nov 2019

In May Sara Van Tonder (From Paarl) and Carien de Klerk from Good Hope Psychological Service in Stellenbosch presented a workshop to doctors working in emergency care on burnout and compassion fatigue. On Friday, November 22, they worked with the same group of doctors and focused on the prevention and treatment of burnout. They also […]

28Aug 2019

Jenni Twigg, registered counsellor of Good Hope Psychological Service in Stellenbosch, as well as in their Paarl branch, is a born Capetonian who obtained her degree in Psychology (BPsych) at a private university, Midrand Graduate Institute in Durbanville. Because she has always had a passionate interest in the broader family system, she went on to […]

28Aug 2019

One of the competent counsellors at the Paarl branch of the Good Hope Psychological Service is Martinique Myburgh – a young woman with a cordial personality. Martinique was born in Kimberley, Northern Cape where she finished her primary school. During her high school years, her parents moved to Villiersdorp where she matriculated at De Villiers […]

28Aug 2019

Helène Smit, one of the registered trauma counsellors at Stellenbosch’s Good Hope Psychological Service, is known for her loving and considerate nature; characteristics that are a great asset in this institution where there is so much trauma and brokenness. Helène was born in Barrydale from where their family moved to Wolseley in her ninth year. […]

21Aug 2019

Mariëtte Hutton, an accredited art therapist, is a gifted artist who, with her talent, is a great asset to GHPS’s (Good Hope Psychological Service) service. She was born in Vanderbijlpark where she spent her childhood year from where she moved with her parents to Sasolburg at the age of 9. They later moved to Alberton […]

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 […]