Core Therapeutic Team

“You can’t build a fire if you only have one spark”


Yolandé Geyser

Managing & Programme Director
Yolandé completed her degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology at UCT in 1996. She has worked in the field of dual diagnosis as a counsellor and coach since 2011. Yolandé is also a qualified EGALA equine therapist. Her original career was in media and business management for nearly two decades. She is the only person to have crossed Africa on a solo horseback ride in 1997. Yolandé founded Papillon and is closely involved with the career and community reintegration of clients. Yolandé through her own experience as she too has a mental illness has created a place of true healing – she was diagnosed in 2004.

Dr Khomotjo Meriam Matjila - Psychiatrist

Consulting Director
Khomotjo is a healthcare practitioner, specialising as a Psychiatrist, in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa. Khomotjo trained at Sterkfontein hospital and, in addition to Papillon Psychiatric Recovery Centre, has a private practice in Northern Johannesburg. She has extensive experience in dual-diagnosis treatment and the management psychiatric disorders. Although Papillon actively supports clients retaining their treating psychiatrists, Dr Matjila approves all care plans independently with the team.

Dr Jermina Sebei


Jermina works Papillon Psychiatric Recovery Centre as an integral part of the team. She graduated BCur and MBCHB degrees at Medunsa. She received her post graduate training at Wits University. She was awarded Fellowship in Psychiatry in 2011 CMSA. Jermina’sinterest includes treating patients with  Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia, Depression, Psychiatric disorders due to HIV and Epilepsy. Currently she also works at Helen Joseph hospital and is attached to Wits University department of Psychiatry.


Dot Robertson – Clinical Psychologist

Therapeutic Director
Dot Robertson is a Clinical Psychologist with 18 years’ experience. She has worked extensively in her private practice dealing with families and working with dual diagnoses. She has also worked with eating disorders in conjunction with hospital in-patient treatment plans. She is an international presenter and trainer for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, which is offering an exciting new approach to supporting individuals to gain greater independence and become successful in their own lives. 

Marcel Gil

Facilitator Director & Head of Dual Diagnosis
Marcel has obtained an MSc in Pathology (WITS) and Counselling Diploma (Inst NH). Registered with the South African Council for Counsellors. He lectured and was a trial investigator for the Department of Haematology and Molecular Medicine at WITS Medical School. Marcel’s new path saw him counselling at an addiction recovery centre. His focus is on anger management, dual-diagnosis recovery and HIV counselling.

Lindi Williams

Clinical Head (Clinical Psychologist)
Lindi completed her MA Clinical Psychology degree at the North-West University. She gained clinical experience working at the Free State Psychiatric Hospital (Old Oranje Hospital) and completed her community service at Ditsobotla Sub-district in the North-West Province. She works from a CBT perspective in therapy and incorporates Gestalt techniques and principles. Lindi works with individuals at Papillon Psychiatric Recovery Centre and heads up the clinical department at the centre.

Andrea Sacks

Social Worker
Andrea has been practicing in Social Work for the past ten years. Having studied teaching after matric in 1975, gaining knowledge and insight into the world of children and families, Andrea became interested in the psycho-social environment that profoundly affected the emotional/social and psychological health of the learners. This ignited a thirst for knowledge and she went back to university at the age of forty to study social work.

Raddiyya Mayet

Occupational Therapist
Raddiyya completed her BSc Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Witwatersrand. She has a keen interest in psychiatric rehabilitation and community re-integration. Raddiyya gained her clinical experience in various psychiatric hospitals and care centers around johannesburg, and, completed her community service at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Gauteng.

Our Facilitators



Chevon Cawood

Clinical Psychologist
Chevon completed her MA Clinical Psychology degree at the North-West University.  She gained clinical experience working at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital and completed her community service at Helen Joseph Hospital.  She works from CBT and DBT perspectives in therapy with individuals and runs the DBT group at Papillon Psychiatric Recovery Centre. Chevon gained life experience in various industries before becoming a clinical psychologist. Chevon also holds a Master’s in Research Psychology.

Sharon Boyce and Dorothy Robertson

Equine Therapists
Sharon has a wide range of experience in the field of horses helping people, ranging from working with children and adults with severe disability, to psycho-educational equestrian programmes for people with psychiatric and other disabilities. Dorothy is a clinical psychologist trained in the EAGALA equine therapy model. She works with Sharon.

Lien Potgieter

Colour Therapist
Lien Potgieter is experienced with group meditation and a qualified colour therapist. She helps people to understand their strengths and weaknesses, connect body and mind, and to accept themselves unconditionally. Her experience includes counselling at SADAG, corporate wellness colour coaching, and individual counselling and coaching. Lien believes that you can move mountains if you know yourself.

Penny Bramwell-Jones

Reality Strategist
Penny studied dramatic art at the National School of Arts in 1995. She graduated from TUT with 5 distinctions in a National Higher Diploma from TUT- University of Tshwane in 1999. Penny worked as a professional actress, director and writer in her early years. She went on to become specialist in voice and communication skills, working for the voice clinic where she coached executives and high profile clients one on one as well facilitated group training in "Power Speaking" and "Woman's Executive Empowerment". Penny studied the Meisner technique in The United States which she incorporates into her workshops.

Lisa Ann Catano

Recovery Coach
Lisa Ann is a Writer, New Insights Life Coach and a Recovery Coach through the Foundation Clinic. After certifying as a Life Coach in 2012, Lisa Ann took her studies further to fulfil a heart inspired vocation to work with people in rehabilitation for dual diagnosis and psychiatric disorders. Lisa Ann also works in recruitment and is fundamental in assisting clients with reintegration back into real life.

Willem Smuts

Dance Coach
Willem Smuts is a Holistic Health Coach. Conscious Dance is one of the modalities he uses to help people move their body-minds into balance with very good results. He has been facilitating Conscious Dance with groups for more than 15 years. Willem’s workshops help bond the clients and allow them to get in touch with themselves as well as each other.

Dr MA Kanda

Logotherapy Facilitator
Dr MA Kanda is a clinical logotherapist and anthropologist working as a medical officer in the community mental health unit of West Rand Health District. He is a logotherapy facilitator at the UNISA Centre for Applied Psychology and an e-tutor for the department of anthropology at UNISA. He offers Meaningful Healthy Living individual and group sessions.

Atsu Ahadoh

Drumming Coach
Atsu Ahadoh was born in Ghana, and first formed a drumming and dancing group with a group of friends in high school. The group was discovered by Mr Raphael Tetteh Okai, the founder and director of a very popular group in Ghana called Kakaloi, in 1992. They traveled to South America and Europe, before settling in South Africa in 2003, where they teach West African dance and drumming.

Nicholas Tlhabanyew

Professional Sports Coach
Nicholas facilitates adventure therapy in the form of various activities that are not limited to physical activity but mental stimulation through word, number, memory activities and healthy discussions. Clients also explore challenges such as acrobranching, hiking and team sports.

Alisa Ray

Blue Butterfly Project Manager
Alisa is an experienced artist, art teacher and art counsellor with a B.A Honours degree. She has done art counselling projects with displaced people on the streets of Melville and has worked with children from the inner city, a children’s home and in a special needs school. She has a special interest in working in psychiatric recovery and been with Papillon since its inception. Her continuous training at Lefika has given her the skills to engage with clients on all levels.


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