Core Therapeutic

Team

YOLANDÉ GEYSER

Managing 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

Psychiatrist

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’s interest includes treating patients with  Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia, Depression, Psychiatric disorders due to HIV and Epilepsy. Currently she also works privately and is attached to Wits University department of Psychiatry.

LINDI WILLIAMS

Clinical & Programme 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

SHARONI TSARAFI

Clinical Psychologist

Sharoni completed her MA Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Johannesburg. During this process, she gained clinical experience at Helen Joseph Hospital and Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital. She completed her internship at Tara Psychiatric Hospital and her community service at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital. She uses an integrative perspective to understand and treat clients. She holds a core belief that each individual requires a unique blend of techniques which fit their personal life experiences.

JOHN SMITH

Professional Coach

John Smith is a former high school teacher and guidance counsellor, currently practicing as an Addiction Counsellor, Recovery Coach, Life Coach and NLP Coach. He also conducts public talks, workshops and training seminars through his program TTK Life and Recovery Strategies.
John has worked as a professional in the field of addiction recovery, assisting people in overcoming obsessive, compulsive and addictive behaviours, including substance abuse, for a number of years.

MARLENE DU PLESSIS

EGALA Specialist

Marlene is part of a therapeutic team offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Nature Assisted facilitation and therapy to clients with psychiatric diagnoses including dual diagnoses as well as those who have experienced trauma. Working closely with a clinical psychologist, the team facilitate the link to self-discovery, and based on Logotherapy principles, both the client and the therapist listen to the messages conveyed by nature and our horses in a metaphorically safe environment.

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.

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

Head of Art

Alisa is an experienced artist and art teacher 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.