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Dr. Mark Tunbridge; Ph.D

Dr. Mark Tunbridge holds a PhD (UCT, 2001) & post-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology, completed through Royal Columbian Hospital - Adult Psychiatry & Tri-Cities Child & Youth Mental Health Services, Vancouver, Canada (2002/3).  His North American experience provided formal supervised training with Psycho-diagnosis, Psychotherapy and Clinical Neuro-psychology with adults, adolescents and children. In 2004, he scored in the top 15% for PhD candidates in the North American Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology.  He is an accredited Full Member (Reg. No. 602) of the South African Clinical Neuropsychological Association (click on www.sacna.co.za for access to SACNA’s website). He also holds two Masters degrees in Educational Psychology (University of Johannesburg, 1996; WITS, 1994) and, since 1997, has been registered as an educational psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (Reg. No. PS 0056200).

From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Tunbridge was founder and clinical director of the Child & Family Guidance Clinic, Cape Town, providing specialist psychology services for children, adolescents and their families. He is also founder and director of Context Consulting (PTY) Ltd, currently delivering social psychology services to corporate and community organisations. Click on www.context.co.za for further information on these services.

Dr. Mark Tunbridge has over 18 years of experience as psychotherapist, counsellor, psychological evaluator (including medico-legal assessment), coach, mediator, trainer and researcher - working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds in South Africa, Malawi and North America. He has lectured in psychological assessment at the University of Johannesburg at the post-graduate level, and has been guest lecturer in community health at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi, and in forensic psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Cape Town.

Currently, Dr. Mark Tunbridge specializes in clinical psychological assessment (including clinical diagnosis, educational, career, emotional, neuropsychological, medico-legal) with adults, children and teens. Moreover he provides specialist psychotherapy, counselling and coaching for a wide range of clinical disorders and adjustment difficulties. His therapeutic orientation focuses on assisting children, youth, families, adults and couples overcome their life challenges and reach their full psychological potential for complete well-being. He integrates the therapeutic strengths of cognitive- behavioural therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, narrative therapy as well as coaching methods. With over 18 years of full time clinical experience with a wide range of clients on two continents, he integrates the therapeutic strengths of these well researched and effective therapeutic methods. 

Dr. Mark Tunbridge provides informed, experienced and creative assessment, treatment and intervention plans tailor made for each person’s special needs to ensure best therapeutic results.

To learn more about Dr. Tunbridge's areas of specialisation, please click on the following links: 
Psychotherapy & Counselling
Psychological Assessments
Medico-legal Reports 

Melissa Ferreira (née Bothma); M.Ed Ed. Psych

Melissa is a registered Educational Psychologist (PS 0117528). Melissa completed her pre and postgraduate studies at Stellenbosch University obtaining the following qualifications: B.Ed. Psych Honours, Post Graduate Certificate in Education and BA Social Dynamics (Psychology & Sociology). Melissa is also an associate member of the South African Clinical Neuropsychological Association (Membership No. 1155).

After qualifying as a high school educator, school counsellor and registered psychometrist, Melissa worked at Rustenburg Girls’ High School in Rondebosch Cape Town as school counsellor and life orientation educator, which led to a particular interest in adolescent mental health and adolescents’ relationship with peers and parents. Melissa was also selected as a volunteer counsellor at Lifeline/Childline Cape Town.

Melissa went on to successfully complete the University of the Free State’s Masters programme in applied psychology, which integrated educational, clinical and counselling psychology principles and applications. Resulting in the acquisition of broader knowledge and practice in the field of psychology. 

The completion of her internship also took place at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, working at various mainstream schools, special needs schools, a drug rehabilitation centre in and around Bloemfontein as well as at the  university Student Counselling Centre.

Her research focus has involved adolescents’ experience of the formation of relationships on MXit (MXit is a type of CMC- Computer Mediated Communication), and she has a particular affinity with the needs of children and youth in the 21st Century. 

Melissa draws eclectically from a range of therapeutic modalities in order to suit the unique needs of each individual and speaks both fluent English and Afrikaans. She provides individual psychotherapy, counselling, psychological assessment and career guidance with children, adolescents and adults.

If you would like to learn more about Melissa's services please visit her website at Educational Psychologist Cape Town


Jurie Wessels; Registered Psychometrist & Integral Coach

Jurie Wessels is a registered Psychometrist (PMT 0088315) with the HPCSA since 2012. He obtained his Psychology & Honours degrees through Stellenbosch University and UNISA. Jurie did his formal internship in Practical Psychometry at the Centre for Psychological Services and Career Development (PsyCad) at the University of Johannesburg. Jurie has also completed his Associate Certified Coaching (ACC) program as an Integral Coach (Registered with COMENSA) through the University of Cape Town.
Jurie believes in a coaching style that is unconditionally supportive, goal orientated and progressive. He combines the science of measuring psychological capacities and processes (Psychometrics), with the methodologies of Integral Coaching.
Jurie works with all ages and has particular experience with children, youth and young to middle-age adults. Jurie is completely fluent in both English and Afrikaans and has after hour appointments available.
Jurie also heads the Psychometry Division at Dr. Mark Tunbridge & Associates. He assists in managing all Psychometry related functions with our team of Clinical, Educational, Counselling, Organisational and Neuropsychologists. Jurie also coordinates all workshops and our Community Outreach initiatives.

If you would like to learn more about Jurie’s services please visit his website at Life Coach Cape Town



Benita Southgate; M.A

Benita Southgate’s career trajectory progressed to that of becoming Principal Psychologist at the student counseling service of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Benita is a registered Counselling Psychologist with the HPCSA (PS0058203) with over 18 years experience in higher education, corporate and private practice settings. She qualified at the University of the Western Cape initially as an Educator and thereafter proceeded to complete her Masters in Psychology at the same university.

She worked at the Western Cape Education Department with at-risk young people. Her work involved counseling, management of the counseling service, management of psychiatric emergencies and the clinical oversight of a team of Psychologists.

She is a registered Group Analyst with the Centre for Group Analytic Studies and able to offer group therapy. She has developed the skill to assist clients with emotional regulation and stress management through the practice of mindfulness. This approach ensures that each client has an individualized psychotherapeutic experience focusing on assisting clients with problems of everyday living and most especially with personal growth and understanding.

A key aspect to her approach involves the use of psychometric testing to be able to provide a unique, comprehensive and evidence-based intervention. This includes educational, career, neuropsychological and personality assessments.

Benita draws on the richness of psychodynamic theories and cognitive-behavioural approaches. She provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults and couples.

If you would like to learn more about Benita's services please visit her website at Psychologist Cape Town



Tanya Oosthuyzen; M.A

Tanya Oosthuyzen is a registered Clinical Psychologist (HPCSA Reg. No. PS0130524). She gained her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology through the University of Cape Town (UCT). She completed training at UCT’s Child Guidance Clinic, her internship at the Tygerberg/Stikland Hospital Complex and her community service at Pollsmoor Prison. Tanya previously worked in human resources at a property development company and has also managed a tertiary care addictions facility, where she worked with clients and their families. Tanya has worked both independently and as part of a team, with experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with individual adults, couples, families, adolescents and children. She has experience in all forms of psychological assessment with individuals of all ages, including neuropsychological and psycho-educational assessment. Tanya has further developed and implemented programs and workshops, and has conducted both case and psycho-educational presentations. Although Tanya works with all forms of psychological distress and clinical disorders, she holds a special interest in addiction treatment, including that for alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex/pornography, internet/gaming, as well as eating disorders and (co-morbid) diagnosis/diagnoses. Tanya’s experience working as a psychologist with correctional services broadened her knowledge within the field of forensic/medico-legal psychology. Please visit our Medicolegal Report Page. As Tanya’s understanding of the psychology of human behaviour is predominantly rooted in a psychodynamic perspective, her therapeutic interventions tend to follow an integrative psychodynamic approach. Where pertinent, she integrates other approaches, inclusive of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, for example. She draws on the principles and techniques of these approaches so as to meet the unique needs and preferences of her individual client’s therapeutic needs. Tanya is registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and is also a member of the Psychological Society of South Africa. If you would like to learn more about Tanya’s services please click on her website link below:

Website: www.tanyaoosthuyzen.co.za

Lindy Emsley; M.Com

Lindy Emsley obtained her Master’s degree in Organisational Psychology at Stellenbosch University and is registered as an Industrial-Organisational Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA: Practice number here PS0115169)

Prior to completing her B.Com. Honours degree in Organisational Psychology, she studied B.Sc. Human Life Sciences. Lindy also completed her Clinical Psychology Honours degree; this enabled Lindy to provide an expanded, more scientific approach to her diagnostic and intervention work, focusing on optimisation of human potential and wellbeing.

Before becoming an independent Organisational Psychology consultant, she spent over 8 years in the corporate world as an HR manager, Organisational Development specialist, and Talent manager in the Health, Retail and Financial sectors.

Lindy Emsley believes that each situation, person and organisation is unique and therefore uses specific conversation, diagnostic and assessment tools in her approach. Before designing and recommending useful and optimal interventions and their implementation.

Lindy partners with individuals and organisations, providing facilitation, coaching, counselling, consulting and training. She is passionate about providing solutions that enhance personal effectiveness, teamwork, business and organisational efficiency. 

Website: www.lindyemsley.com
Direct email: lindy@lindyemsley.com


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