Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

First aid is the help given to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)  is a training program that enables a person to recognise and give early help to someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

Life Path Health Group, South Africa

The Life Path Health Group is a network of hospitals providing mental health inpatient treatment and addiction treatment in private facilities in South Africa. Our treatment clinics are strategically placed to optimise accessibility and convenience for the doctors, therapists, patients and their visitors. Instead of having large clinics centrally, the approach is rather to have smaller clinics in the locations where they are most needed.

Art Therapy South Africa: Individual, Workshop or Corporate - Johannesburg and Cape Town

Art Therapy involves the use of different art materials through which a client can express and explore thoughts and feelings in the presence of a qualified Art Therapist. The Art Therapist offers a safe, contained and supportive space in which to work through issues and concerns.

For many clients, it is easier to relate to the therapist through the art object, which provides a focus for discussion and analysis. The therapist and client then work together in trying to understand the client's personal process and the product of the session. Art Therapy can be a very powerful process, which may enable long buried feelings to come to the surface and be acknowledged. "It is the capacity of art to be a bridge between the inner world and outer reality which gives the image the role as mediator. The image mediates between unconscious and conscious, present and future aspects of a client." (The Handbook of Art Therapy: Caroline Case and Tessa Dalley, p 97). 


Founder, Samantha Davis, is an internationally trained and registered Art Psychotherapist who completed her 2 year postgraduate Art Therapy (MA) training at the University of Hertfordshire in London in 2000. 

Samantha has run a private practice for adults, families and children for the past 12 years in Jhb. She has worked with a variety of client groups over the years including Burn-out, Anxiety, Depression, Emotional and Behaviour problems, Autism, ADHD, Developmental Delay, Refugees, Trauma victims, Cancer patients, HIV Aids and Orphans, Educators, learning difficulties, Department of Education, Correctional Services and Psychiatry. 

Samantha runs various Art Therapy Workshops and Courses for adults and professionals for both academic and self discovery purposes. These workshops are currently facilitated privately in Jhb and Cape Town, and in Port Elizabeth for the Department of Education Eastern Cape.

Sam has appeared in various local TV shows talking about Art Therapy e.g. Yo TV and SABC3 and on radio interviews including Chai FM and Radio Islam and has appeared in various magazines articles illustrating the power and nature of Art Therapy. 

An exciting development of Art Therapy are the Creative Corporate Workshops which Samantha has been facilitating and managing since 2005. These interactive Workshops are experientially based and profoundly useful for brainstorming, thinking 'out-the-box', enhancement of communication and relationship  building within teams, reduction of stress and corporate wellness.  Important clients which have benefited from these interventions include FNB, HP, ABC banking, Bausch & Lomb, Travel Insurance Consultants, HKLM, BHP Billiton and more!     
(See www.art-cafe.co.za for the original corporate website)     
                                
Samantha resides in Johannesburg loves sport and yoga, coaches hockey, has a great sense of passion, humour and adventure and has a 10 year old extremely creative daughter!

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Schema Therapy Institute of South Africa (STISA)

The Schema Therapy Institute of South Africa (STISA) is directed by David Edwards who is certified as a schema therapist and trainer by the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). STISA disseminates schema therapy within South Africa as well as internationally.

Founded by David Edwards, the Schema Therapy Institute of South Africa offers training and workshops in various forms including a therapist certification program approved by the ISST.

David Edwards also provides clinical services including psychotherapy based on the schema therapy model, and other shorter term therapies. He works with adults, adolescents, individuals or couples or families. He also undertakes psycholegal assessments.


Schema Therapy is an approach to the treatment of psychological problems that do not usually respond to brief therapy. Jeffrey Young has been developing schema therapy for over 25 years in the USA where it is widely used.

Schema therapy is also widely practiced in Europe and there is a comprehensive training program for psychotherapists in the Netherlands. The use of schema therapy in Holland was promoted by research on the treatment of borderline personality disorder, a condition that has been found to be very difficult to treat. Two randomized controlled trials demonstrated that schema therapy is an effective treatment borderline personality disorder (Giesen-Bloo et al., 2006) and research is ongoing in extending the schema therapy model to a wide range of psychological problems. The Dutch group have not only developed a high level of expertise in schema therapy but have also contributed to research and training. Recent publications have contributed to our understanding of the process of rescripting childhood memories (Arntz & Weertman, 1999; Weertman & Arntz, 2007) and of work with schema modes (Bernstein et al., 2007; Lobbestael et al., 2007 & 2008).

Childpsych: Educational Psychologists in South Africa

Childpsych is a group of Educational Psychologists (commonly referred to by our clients as Child Psychologists) from around South Africa, with the single common goal to provide relevant and up to date information about all aspects related to children’s learning and development.  Our primary focus is on the holistic development and well-being of children and how to ensure that children reach their full potential in all social and academic areas.

Les Mariannes Clinic

Les Mariannes Clinic

Set in the beautiful northern region of cosmopolitan island of Mauritius, Les Mariannes Clinic offers a world class service to help restore balance. The clinic offers the luxury of a hotel underpinned by professional care.

The clinic’s simple, elegant beauty is enhanced by the stunning natural environment. Breath taking views are available overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean on three sides;  the east, north and western flanks of the island below. The tranquil setting is surrounded by green fields of sugar cane and pineapples with a mountainous backdrop and an adjacent river with mature olive, mango and lychee trees. The tranquil atmosphere is ideal for those who wish to enjoy a sense of nature, peace and relaxation whilst they recover.