Clinical Psychologistsat Oxford Healthcare Centre
Tel: 010 350 0350
MA Clin Psych (UJ)
HPCSA reg. no. PS0107999
BHF practice no. 0484652
Julia is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Oxford Healthcare Centre and is a founding director and a consultant psychologist for Adult Services at The Day Clinic. She specialises in adult and couples therapy and works within a psychodynamic framework. She worked for six years as the head psychologist of Wards 4 and 5 at Tara Hospital, a specialist unit treating patients with personality pathology, complex developmental trauma and psychiatric conditions such as mood and anxiety disorders. As a joint appointee of the Department of Psychiatry at Wits University, Julia supervised intern psychologists, psychiatry registrars and psychiatric nurses, as well as provided lectures and workshops on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), personality disorders and complex developmental trauma. She has also presented on these topics at conferences and meetings of professional mental health bodies. Together with the Wards 4 and 5 multi-disciplinary team, Julia helped to establish a successful outpatient parenting programme at Tara Hospital.
Tel: 081 362 0382
MA Clinical Psychology (WITS)
HPCSA reg. no. PS0109991
BHF practice no. 0410225
Itumeleng, a WITS graduate previously worked for Gauteng Health and as joint appointee of WITS University supervising intern psychologists and psychiatry registrars. He served as an executive member of the South African Psychoanalytic Confederation. His training and diverse work in public and private health has been primarily psychodynamic, guiding his understanding of patients to help them develop better insight into their emotional difficulties, cope with difficulties and have insightful understanding of their self to achieve greater personal fulfillment. “It isn’t normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement” (Abraham Maslow). Itumeleng works with adolescents, adults, couples, and groups. His areas of interest are not limited to previous work with depression, anxiety, trauma, and other emotional difficulties. Itumeleng has a special interest in diversity, especially marginalized groups – such as LGBTIQ, and working with race.
Tel: 010 350 0350
HPCSA reg. no. PS0081353
BHF practice no. 0167118
Dr Ella Brent acquired a doctorate in clinical psychology from University College London in 1999. Between 2000 and 2002 she worked in Public Health in the UK in Child and Family Services. From 2002 until 2008 she worked at Tara Psychiatric Hospital, across a variety of inpatient and outpatient services, which culminated in her heading up the Tara Psychology Department. Since leaving Tara, she works in private practice, offering individual adult psychodynamic psychotherapy and clinical supervision. Ella has a special interest in the meaningful application of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mentalising Based Therapies (MBT) to address long-standing relationship difficulties, mood disorders and impulsive behaviour. She is also passionate about locating these treatments within existing theoretical models for the professional community.
Dr Stefan Polatinsky
Tel: 079 493 8117
MA Lit (Wits), MA Clin Psych (Wits), PhD (London)
HPCSA reg. no. PS0117536
BHF practice no. 0509639
Stefan offers psychotherapy to adults and couples. He trained at the University of the Witwatersrand and at University College London in the UK. He uses an integrated approach, in that it is informed by the specific needs of the individual and, incorporating different psychological approaches, the treatment is tailor made accordingly. He emphasises mindfulness-based or informed interventions which help to cultivate greater awareness of the inner workings of the mind. Stefan has considerable experience working with couples. His other areas of interest and specialisation include depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, adjusting to difficult life events, stress management, bereavement and loss, self-esteem and identity issues, relationship difficulties, anger and self-harming behaviour and mindfulness coaching.
Tel: 082 578 1843
MA Clinical Psychology (Wits) (cum Laude)
Reg No: PS0145580
Pr No: 0927198
Daniella is a clinical psychologist in private practice based at the Oxford Healthcare Centre where she works on the adolescent and adult Day Clinic program. In her private practice she sees adults, couples, runs groups and has a special interest in working with adolescents, parents and families. She completed her internship at Bara’s children’s ward and in the Metro Community Clinics. Her community service was with the Tara child and adolescent team. She helps patients gain a deeper understanding of themselves, find a sense of meaning and purpose, works with interpersonal and relationship difficulties, mood disorders, personality related disturbances, behavioural issues, more severe psychiatric illnesses, grief, trauma, self-harm, chronic suicidal ideation, emotional regulation, sexuality, identity and adjustment difficulties. She also offers training to corporates, schools and parents. Daniella believes in the significance of the strength of the therapeutic relationship, offering a non-judgemental, reliable, warm, empathetic space. In her spare time, she writes about mental health and taught yoga intermittently for many years, including as a stress relief space for allied staff during Covid.
Tel: 061 585 5942
M.Soc.Sci (Clin Psych) (UKZN)
HPCSA reg no: PS0120766
BHF practice no: 0579122
Darryn Costello is a clinical psychologist in private practice at the Oxford Healthcare Centre. He provides individual psychotherapy for adults and adolescents. Darryn aims to provide a warm, non-judgmental and supportive space within which to help people understand themselves and their life experiences. He strives to help his clients deal more effectively with their life challenges. His therapeutic approach has been shaped by his experience working in private practice and a number of public hospitals and community clinics. Darryn enjoys working with clients from diverse backgrounds with varying psychological needs. He has a special interest in depression and anxiety, problems with anger, relational problems, trauma, self-harm and suicidal behaviours and LGBTIQA+ mental health issues. Darryn’s treatment approach is always guided by his clients’ needs. He primarily practices psychodynamic psychotherapy and dialectical behaviour therapy. This treatment approach means that Darryn likes to work on a deeper level with his clients. This entails forming a trusting and containing therapeutic relationship for the client to explore themselves and their life experiences. Working through these life experiences with a psychologist hopes to bring about healing and growth within the client.
MA Clin Psych (UJ) (cum laude)
HPCSA reg. no. PS0114766
BHF practice no. 0469017
Richard qualified as a clinical psychologist from the University of Johannesburg and completed his internship training at Tara hospital and the central Johannesburg community mental health clinics, before finishing his community service in community-based mental health. After a number of years working for Gauteng Health and Social Development in various outpatient clinics, the Tara family therapy clinic and some work in Ward 4&5 at Tara, he transitioned into full-time private practice. Since then he has gained post qualification experience in Gestalt psychology, Rorschach personality assessment, and interpersonal group therapy. Richard works in a generalist private practice with adolescents, adults, couples, and groups, using an integration of psychodynamic, Gestalt, cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) approaches. He is involved in the DBT day program at The Day Clinic and also offers a wide range of psychometric assessments for career, subject-choice, clinical and personality applications. He is a member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF), Johannesburg Relational Psychology Peer Association and Advanced Rorschach Discussion Group.
Tel: 082 462 4833
MA Clinical Psychology (UJ) (Cum Laude)
Reg No: PS 0131458
Pr No: 0927198
Raeesah is a clinical psychologist in private practice and is based at the Oxford Healthcare Centre where she works on the adult and adolescent DBT day program. She completed her internship and community service at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital where she was trained in a forensic unit, substance use unit, and involuntary treatment wards. She also held a position at the Johannesburg Metro Community Clinic where she provided individual therapy, group interventions, and psychometric testing to disadvantaged communities. She has served as a joint appointee at WITS university where she supervised intern psychologist and psychiatry registrars.
She has a special interest in working with psychiatric illnesses, trauma, self-harm, stress and coping, emotional dysregulation, substance use, sexuality and identity, chronic suicidal thoughts, self-development, and interpersonal-difficulties. She believes in the value of offering an understanding, non-judgemental, empathic relationship in which individuals can explore various aspects of themselves. She offers both long term and short-term psychotherapy to adults and adolescents.
Tel: 083 387 5526
MA Clinical Psychology (WITS)
HPCSA reg. no. PS0125520
BHF practice no. 0703249
Levandri is a clinical psychologist in private practice and is based at the Oxford Healthcare Centre where she works on the adult and adolescent DBT day program. She also supervises intern psychologists for the Department of Psychiatry at Wits University. Levandri completed her Master’s degree at Wits University and went on to do her internship and community service at Tara H Moros Psychiatric Hospital. Thereafter she continued working at Tara Hospital going on to become the head psychologist at their Personality Disorder Ward (Ward 4&5). Through her exposure she has found a specific interest in working with adults, couples and parents. Levandri works primarily from a psychodynamic framework, but also incorporates dialectical behavioural (DBT), and narrative therapy, depending on the specific needs of the individual or couple. Her areas of specialisation include personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety and depression, trauma, anger management and relational challenges.
HPCSA registration # PS0124788
BHF Practice # 0705373
MSc Clinical Psychology (2014)
BSc Honours Psychology Cum Laude (2011)
BSc Biology and Psychology Cum Laude (2010)
Obtained from the University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus)
Further training undertaken:
Family Based Therapy for treatment of Eating Disorders, online Stanford University (2017)
Enhanced CBT for treatment of Eating Disorders, online University of Oxford–CREDO (2016)
About Anele: I am a Systems trained therapist who works using the integrative interpersonal approach. I find this perspective useful in thinking about patients that work with, regardless of the symptom presentation. I am a strong believer in that the way in which we relate to the people and systems around us and how these inversely impact on each other has a huge influence on our mental health and general wellbeing. I am also very interested in thinking about transformation and race relations given South Africa’s history and the undeniable impact it continues to have on our daily interactions and experiences.
Experience: Clinical psychologist with diverse experience in mental health care in public and private health care. From 2015-2020 I worked on Ward 1&2 at Tara Hospital as one of 2 permanent psychologists on the Eating Disorders and Adolescent wards. In 2020-2022 I moved to the Adult Out-patients department, Ward 8-Female biochemical ward, and continued to work on the Eating Disorders ward. As of August 2022, I am in full-time private practice, seeing patients from the Oxford Day Clinic as well as my own private practice in Melrose and Auckland Park where I see adults and adolescents presenting with a variety of psychological challenges. I have a keen interest in working with Eating Disorders. I am a Director and shareholder at LinkedCare Consortium, a multidisciplinary team that provides mental healthcare services to individuals, families, and organisations-with specialized Eating Disorders experience.
Professional affiliation: The South African Psychoanalytical Initiative (SAPI)
Tel: 072 457 3543
MA Clinical Psychology Cum Laude (University of Johannesburg)
MA Psychology Cum Laude (Stellenbosch University)
HPCSA Registration #: PS 0151491
BHF Practice #: 1077007
Kyla is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and is based at the Oxford
Healthcare Centre where she also works on the adult and adolescent DBT day
program. Kyla completed her Clinical Psychology Master’s degree at the University
of Johannesburg and went on to do her internship and community service at Tara H
Moross Psychiatric Hospital spending the majority of her training at their
Psychotherapy Ward (Ward 4&5) and the Children’s Clinic. Prior to completing her
Clinical Psychology Master’s degree, she qualified with a Masters in Psychology by
dissertation on attachment theory.
Through her exposure she has found a specific interest in working with older
adolescents and adults. Kyla works primarily from a psychodynamic framework, but
also incorporates dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) depending on the specific
needs of the individual. This treatment approach means that Kyla likes to work on a
deeper level with her clients. This entails exploring an individual’s inner world,
relationships, and past experiences in order to make sense of their experiences in
the present moment. Kyla brings curiosity, warmth and sensitivity to facilitate an
environment whereby individuals can be open to exploring and developing an
acceptance of themselves.
Her areas of specialisation include relational challenges, personality disorders, mood
disorders, anxiety and depression, trauma, and anger management. She offers both
long-term and short-term psychotherapy to adults and adolescents.
Tel: 078 104 5423
MA Clinical psychology (Wits)
HPCSA Registration #: PS0151238
BHF Practice #: PR1071769
Phiwe Lufele is Clinical Psychologist working full time in private practice. She is a psychodynamically trained therapist with a personal stake in working from an integrated approach that best fits the patient and their needs. She believes in a comprehensive approach to therapy and treatment that is rooted within a patients unique social context.
Her clinical interests include working with families, couples and young adults. She has a special interest in working with children. She is fluent in English, isiXhosa and isiZulu and is comfortable conducting therapy in these languages.