Clinical Psychologists

at Oxford Healthcare Centre
Annette Wozniak

Annette Wozniak

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Tel: 072 182 8292
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MA Clin Psych (Wits), BA Hons App Ling (Wits), BA HDE (Wits)
HPCSA reg. no. PS0109622
BHF practice no. 0409316

Annette has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, with a background in applied linguistics and education. She works with adolescents, individuals, couples and families, with a focus on relationship and adjustment difficulties, and trauma and loss, in a broadly psychodynamic approach. She has a strong professional interest in couples therapy and group dynamics and has trained as a group facilitator with the Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy Trust, in association with the Institute of Group Analysis, London. She runs supervision and debriefing groups for HIV and ARV counsellors in community health settings, as well as groups in private practice or a clinic setting. Annette has also been a part-time lecturer in psychology at undergraduate- and postgraduate levels at the University of the Witwatersrand and supervises training psychologists. She is a member of the South African Psychoanalytic Initiative (SAPI), the Johannesburg Psychoanalytic Association for Couples Psychotherapy (JPACP) and Ububele Group Analytic Seminars (UGAS).

Julia Halstead-Cleak

Julia Halstead-Cleak

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Tel: 010 350 0070
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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.

Sheetal Vallabh

Sheetal Vallabh

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Tel: 083 544 3833
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Qualifications
BA LLB (UCT), LLM (WITS), MA Clin Psych (UCT)
HPCSA reg. no. PS0108049
BHF practice no. 0412341

Sheetal is a clinical psychologist and a family and divorce mediator. As a therapist she works with individual adults, couples, families and groups, broadly within a psychodynamic framework. As a family and divorce mediator, she practises within a child-inclusive divorce mediation model, which involves including the children in the family as participants in the process, in order to resolve issues pertaining to their care. She also makes use of the collaborative law model where she mediates matters between parties where their respective attorneys, psychologists and even other family members are sometimes present and/or actively involved in the process.
Sheetal mediates conflicts and disputes that arise in the workplace, whether it be between colleagues, in teams, or across the levels of executives, management and staff.
She has a special interest in understanding and working with relational dynamics generally, and she facilitates creative and strategic problem-solving in the contexts of conflict, change and stress, in order to improve personal and work-related relationships.
Before qualifying as a clinical psychologist, she practiced as an attorney. She consults at the Family Life Centre, a non-governmental organisation, where she is actively involved in training mediators and supervising their full-time staff. Sheetal is a founding member and vice-chairperson of the non-governmental organisation Lawyers Against Abuse which provides legal services for victims of gender-based violence.

Elmi du Toit

Elmi du Toit

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Tel: 073 477 1209
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Qualifications
MA Clin Psych (UP)
HPCSA reg. no. PS0122866
BHF practice no. 0570443

Elmi du Toit, MA Clin Psych (UP), is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Oxford Healthcare Centre. She is also a Group and Individual Therapist at The Day Clinic. Elmi has facilitated DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) Groups at Tara Hospital, at community clinics and in private practice. Her approach includes integrative tailored therapy to suit the clients’ needs. She works with adolescents, adults, couples and groups using mindfulness as a way to help clients gain insight and learn to manage their lives more effectively. She has trained in psychodynamic, narrative, cognitive behavioural, dialectical behavioural and family therapy. Elmi offers services in both Afrikaans and English.

Hinor Sacks

Hinor Sacks

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Tel: 082 844 0942
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Qualifications
BSc Hons (Wits) (cum laude), PDM (WBS) (cum laude), MA Clin Psych (Wits) (cum laude)
HPCSA reg. no. PS0126853
BHF practice no. 0615757

Hinor is a clinical psychologist whose clinical background includes extensive therapeutic experience with individuals, couples and groups. She works primarily from a psychodynamic perspective and also offers Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Hinor is involved in the DBT day program at The Day Clinic. She has treated adults, couples and adolescents in various institutional and community settings, including Helen Joseph Hospital, Tara Psychiatric Hospital (Wards 4 &5) and community clinics. She is a member of the South African Psychoanalytical Initiative (SAPI).

Dr Stefan Polatinsky

Dr Stefan Polatinsky

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Tel: 079 493 8117
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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.

Vanessa Hemp

Vanessa Hemp

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MA Clin Psych (Wits)
HPCSA reg. no. PS0076147

Vanessa Hemp is a clinical psychologist who trained at Wits University. She started working at Tara Hospital with children, adolescents and their parents, on an outpatient basis. She became Head of Department of Psychology; managing and supervising the psychological service provision throughout the hospital, including the outpatient and outreach services at Alexandra Clinic. She was also involved in the training and supervision of interns and psychiatry registrars as well as in the planning of the Children’s Ward and training of staff. Vanessa’s role in the Alex AIDS Orphans Project was to identify the psychological needs of orphaned children, develop and supervise a number of bereavement groups. This work was presented at conferences, including the World Association of Social Psychiatry in Kobe, Japan. At Tara, she served as a joint appointee to the Wits University Department of Psychiatry. Since leaving the hospital, Vanessa has been in private practice, focusing on adolescents and parenting. She continues to present at conferences on topics relating to children, adolescence and parenting. Addressing issues of affect regulation and assisting children, teens and their parents to manage stressful situations and overwhelming feelings has been a major focus of her work.

Itumeleng Mamabolo

Itumeleng Mamabolo

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Tel: 081 362 0382
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Qualifications
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.

Ella Brent

Ella Brent

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D.Clin.Psy (UCL)
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.

Richard Middleton

Richard Middleton

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Tel: 074 790 0369
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Qualifications
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.