As a diverse team of professionals we work with patients of all ages, from preschool, children, adolescents, students, adults and the elderly. Please refer to each therapist for more information on their focus areas.
Pauli Geldenhuis, our Counselling Psychologist and Trauma Psychotherapist.

Pauli Geldenhuis

Counselling Psychologist and Trauma Psychotherapist | Founder of Paardevlei Therapy Centre

Areas of focus include: 
dults and Adolescents | Trainer | Supervisor & Group facilitator | Trauma including C-PTSD, PTSD, ACE [Trauma in early childhood] | Grief and Bereavement | Depression & Anxiety

Tools in her toolkit include:
– Somatic Experiencing – SE®
– Brain Working Recursive Therapy – BWRT® Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 Psychobiology and Abolishing Anxiety
– Tension and Trauma Release Exercises – TRE®
– Eye Movement Integration – EMI®
– Solution Focused Therapy – SFT®
– Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT®
– Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – DBT®
– Trauma & Attachment Therapy – TAT®

Pauli is one of the Psychologists at Paardevlei Therapy Centre. Her exposure to the effect of Trauma and PTSD came early in her career when she worked in the SAP and Military. She has dedicated her career to working with Trauma as part of a Multi-Disciplinary team in Private Practice. She has extensive training in the field of body-mind based Psychotherapy and received her Body-Mind based Trauma training internationally through institutes in both the USA as well as Europe. Her daily task as Psychotherapist is to apply the tools in her toolkit in dealing with the psychological challenges that her clients bring to therapy. Her expert toolkit includes the highest level in Hypnotherapy, Somatic Experiencing (SE®), Eye-Movement-Integration (EMI®), Trauma and Tension Release Exercises (TRE®), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT®), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT®) and Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT®). She definitely has a deep interest and understanding of the body and mind in therapy.

Her work ethic is governed by the safety, sacredness and connection of the Therapeutic Relationship where therapist and client work as a team to explore ways of healing both on an interpersonal but also an intrapersonal level. Inside Out and Bottom Up is what she would say.

Being the visionary of PTC we call her our innovator and source of inspiration. On a more personal note Pauli is married for close to 30 years and has 3 extraordinary kids, Xanel, Paul and Lara. Pauli lives on a farm at the foot of the Helderberg mountain. She can be described as a nature loving Pilgrim as she has already done many Caminos and Pilgrimages both in Europe and South Africa. She is already planning her next 2 Pilgrimages in Ireland and Australia. You only live once, make it count.

Maria Cloete

Clinical Psychologist and Trauma Psychotherapist

Areas of focus include: 
Trauma | PTSD, C-PTSD, ACE | Mood Disorders | Anxiety Disorders | Addictions | Eating Disorders | Adjustment Problems | Relationship Problems | Identity/ Self-Worth issues | Stress Management/lifestyle | Mindfulness/Spiritual Trauma | Personal Development

Tools in her toolkit include:
– Eye Movement Integration (EMI®)
– Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT®)
– Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercises (TRE®)
– Ego State Therapy
– Resource Therapy

Maria is a Clinical Psychologist who provides individual therapy to adults and students. Prior to joining our team, she worked for the Department of Defence for ten years, helping military families including young children, teenagers, adults and the elderly. During this time, she became interested in the field of trauma work – specifically Acute Stress Reactions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is not only experienced in the line of duty, but also in everyday South African life with events like car hi-jackings, theft, bullying, physical and sexual assaults, medical trauma related to physical accidents, operations and illnesses, and developmental trauma such as childhood neglect and emotional abuse. She understands the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the body and mental health, and the correlation with many mood and anxiety disorders and physical illnesses. 

Maria follows a systemic, integrative approach to therapy, drawing on her initial training in traditional psychotherapies such as the psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and person-centred approaches, and supplementing them with more recent, innovative and rapid transformative modalities in which she has completed her training.

She completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Community Counselling at Stellenbosch University, as well as a Bachelors in Psychology degree. She also completed a Social Work major (degree equivalent) which has given her an added understanding of the systemic nature of relationships and the importance of social injustice and change to improve our individual and collective mental health as a country.

We call her our “multi-tasker” as she juggles work and family life with a smile on her face.

Maria enjoys spending time with her little one, savouring her husband’s cooking, walking or hiking, connecting with family and friends, music that stirs the soul, a good novel, and doing adventurous activities. 

Shaun Helders

Clinical Psychologist

Areas of focus include: 
Adults, Adolescents & Couples

Tools in his toolkit include:
– Brain Working Recursive – BWRT® L1 & L2
– Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – CBT®
– Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – DBT®

Shaun is a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience working with teenagers and adults to overcome a diverse spectrum of emotional, occupational and mental health challenges. He specialises in anxiety disorders, addiction and eating disorders. In the corporate environment he helps to build stronger, more resilient teams and he specialises in leadership coaching.

Shaun obtained his masters in clinical psychology from the University of Stellenbosch.

He most definitely takes the title for the guy with the dry humour in the team at Paardevlei Therapy Centre. It’s guaranteed to spark a good laugh and happy smiles to everyone’s faces. He has been married for over 25 years and has two adult daughters and a son in law. As a family they enjoy reading, spending time outdoors and playing with their many fur babies.

Doreen Hofmeyr

Counselling Psychologist

Areas of focus include: 
Working with Adults in the following areas: Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Phobia’s, Trauma Work, Loss and Grief Work; PTSD, Self-confidence and Assertiveness, Physical / Emotional / Sexual Abuse, Adult ADHD, Social Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Abandonment Issues, Work related Stress and Burnout, Self-esteem and insecurities, Sleep Problems, Work with Pain and Chronic Illness READ MORE

Tools in her toolkit include:
– Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT®) – L1, L2 & L3
– Narrative Therapy
– Eye Movement Integration (EMI®)

Doreen worked in her private practice for 22 years. Her focus and role at Paardevlei Therapy Centre will be to work with clients using Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT®) on Level 1, 2 and the psychobiology of Level 3.

Doreen obtained an M.Sc. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch. She is trained in Narrative Therapy as well as BWRT® Level 1, Level 2, Abolishing Anxiety, BB4B and Level 3. She is also trained as a Biology teacher.

She loves working with people in a meaningful way. Doreen is most passionate about helping clients become hopeful about their futures, dreaming alongside them, validating their stories, being inquisitive about their problem-solving skills and their view on life, and supporting them as they improve their emotional well-being. We call her our “brainworker” and love the dedication and ongoing learning she invests in this super interesting field of Psychology.

Doreen has been married to her husband Nico for 36 years and they have two children. She’s a lover of animals and the natural environment. Staying actively involved in her community, traveling, entertaining, reading, cooking for friends and family, wine tasting and volunteering at a counselling centre is among many of the activities she fills her free time with.

Sollie Prinsloo

Counselling Psycologist

Areas of focus include: 
Adults & Adolescents | Children and their families | Young Adults | Elderly

Tools in his toolkit include:
– Brain Working Recursive – BWRT® (Level 1 and Level 2)
– Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT®
– Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – DBT®
– Medical Hypnotherapy
– Neurophysical Enhancement Training (FET) in BWRT®

Sollie is a Counselling Psychologist with a particular interest in working with children, their families, adolescents, young adults, adults and the elderly.  The family is the basic unit of society and in order for society to be healthy, we need harmony within the home.

His role is to assist clients to deal with anger, anxiety and depression.  This can be caused by numerous past events and is often harboured for many years, causing stress and inability to function optimally.  Sometimes the underlying cause is embedded deep in the subconscious mind and he can use hypnosis or a variety of other therapies to restore the harmony.

Sollie works extensively with children and adolescents as he has vast experience in dealing with a variety of behaviours occurring in both primary and secondary school children.  This experience has been accumulated over 26 years while he was a teacher, head of department and Psychologist.  He also worked in the Psychology Services of the Education Department as a psychologist. Sollie is also responsible for assessing children for school readiness, academic and behavioural challenges (ADHD), career choices and dispensations.  Therapy and assessments can be conducted in Afrikaans and / or English. He is passionate about getting to the “root cause” of a client’s problem and am constantly reading up and researching to acquire a deeper understanding of their issue.

We call him by his full name (Salomon) as it reminds us of the wise Biblical character of King Solomon.

Sollie is  a runner and have completed 7 Comrades and 7 Two Oceans ultra- marathons. He also holds a private pilot’s licence (PPL), flying actively and established the first flying school for high school learners in Cape Town to enable learners to attain their PPL before completing Grade 12. He has also recently become a spinning/cycling enthusiast.

Sollie is a very proud father of 2 sons. His eldest son is a commercial airline pilot and his youngest son is currently completing his Honours degree in International Relations. He describes his cooking skills as “sadly lacking”, but he’s the master of dishwashing and kitchen cleaning. His favourite meals are picnics spent at the beach while watching the sunset with his loved ones.

Philip du Toit

Psychological and Couples Counsellor & Life Coach

Areas of focus include: 
Couples | Families | Divorce | Bereavement | Mediation | Facilitation & Life Coaching

Tools in his toolkit include:
– Brain Working Recursive Therapy – BWRT®
– Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – CBT®
– Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – DBT®
– Behavioural, Integrative and Holistic

The first line of defense, when you have finally realized that you need some outside professional help with:  Your life, relationship, family, trauma, bereavement, divorce rehabilitation and mediation.

Taking that first step to finally go and seek Counselling is daunting and therefore Philip tries to be as approachable and supportive as possible, so that you can start with your new life journey. Philip has a Dr. Phil-like practical and eclectic approach (using methods and techniques from various therapies), where He helps couples and individuals to get their lives back on track.

Every client is unique and there is no “one size fits all” approach. Philip has over 22 years of Counselling and Corporate experience, eight years of those in Europe.

There is a time to cry and there is a time to laugh and there is a time to embrace your life with abundance! Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it! We call him our: Our “Dr Phil,” who always have time to listen and always have time for a laugh!

Philip has two beautiful daughters that he adores and who keeps him young and busy! He loves playing squash, tennis, jogging and park runs. Nature lover at heart as he grew up on a wine farm and thus passionate about nature conservation, game lodges and unique wines.

Timo Kriel

Individual and Couples Therapist

Areas of focus include: 
Mood disorders | Anxiety disorders | Relationship problems | Interpersonal problems | Assertiveness skills | Communication skills | Adjustment problems | Stress management

Tools in his toolkit include:

  • Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT®)
  • Rational Emotive Therapy (RET®)
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Person Centred Therapy
  • Reality Therapy (RT®)
  • Gestalt Therapy

Timo is a seasoned Clinical Psychologist with over 40 years experience. He started his career in the training environment of the University of Stellenbosch, both in the Faculty of Psychology and at the Medical school. Over the years, his career diverged to Organisational Psychology and beyond. In recent years, he’s found a passion for individual and couples therapy.

Timo likes to follow where curiosity leads, striving to help his clients apply their own curiosity in solving the simple puzzles and big mysteries that make up the lives of all of us. He believes that each of us has the capacity to be happy and fulfilled, both in our individual roles and as part of relationships, and especially the relationship with our primary life partners. However, sometimes complications happen and we lose track. His approach is to work as a guest partner in the therapeutic relationship, rediscovering and restoring these unique capacities together.

We call him “Doc Timo” as he exemplifies life-long learning and growth.

Timo holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch. He enjoys spending time with his three daughters and grandson (who has already learned to warm granddad’s heart on WhatsApp video chats). When he’s not helping clients, he loves to potter around the house, installing irrigation, security cams, treehouses and whatever grabs his fancy.

Daniëlle Malan

Industrial-Organisational Psychologist

Areas of focus include: 
Career guidance counselling | Psychometric assessments | Consulting Psychology | BWRT® for work-related traumas | Coaching

Tools in her toolkit include:
– Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT®)
– Cognitive Process Profile (CPP)
– EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360
– EQ-i 2.0 Adolescent
– TEIQue
– Personality Assessment
– Aptitude Assessment
– Interest Assessment
– Values and Motivation Assessment
– WAVE Assessment
– Integrity Assessment
– Neuro-Linguistic Programming
– Cognitive Behavioural Model
– Stress Management
– Burnout Prevention Coaching

As an I-O Psychologist and Coach, Daniëlle is passionate about helping individuals understand and develop their Emotional Intelligence (EQ). She believes that EQ has a crucial role to play in our overall capability to cope with the demands and pressures of our work and personal lives. She balances her time between seeing individuals for guidance, counselling and coaching, and helping organisations solve workplace challenges to optimise functioning and improve job satisfaction among employees – because a happy workforce is an invaluable asset to any company.

Daniëlle provides a holistic service tailored to the needs of each individual or organisation, she strives to always act with integrity, accountability, passion, relevance and professionalism. As a graduate of the University of Cape Town, Daniëlle has a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in Organisational Psychology and Psychology), a Bachelor of Social Science Honours (specialising in Organisational Psychology), and a Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology. She is a certified BWRT® level 1 practitioner and professional Coach. She is trained and accredited to use a vast selection of renowned psychometric assessments. 

We call her our “career guru” and value her role in the constant transformation and growth of PTC as a business.

Daniëlle is also the director of About Mind, an online Industrial Psychology Consultancy. As a wife and mother, she highly values practising work-life balance. Following an active lifestyle, spending time with family and friends keeps her energised and determined to develop into the best version of herself.

Carel van Aswegen


Areas of focus include: 
All ages and ability levels

Tools in his toolkit include:

  • Dry Needling
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Neurotherapy
  • Injury on Duty – IOD
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • Mobilization
  • Home visits

Carel’s role as Physiotherapist at PTC includes patient rehabilitation, pain management, ergonomic advice as well as IOD patient rehabilitation and care.

A normal day at the practice will be fulfilling his role as physio to the best of his ability which also includes rendering services at the Busamed Private Hospital. This includes chest physio, re-education of movement, mobilization and pain management. He has a special interest in dry needling techniques, which complements his holistic physiotherapy approach encompassing body and mind. We call him our Physiobrewer as he is as hands on in his Craft Beer Brewing business in Grabouw as he is as Physio. Where he gets the time…only he will know.

Carel is married to the beautiful Cheri, a horse and nature lover. Carel is a proud Vegan and believer of animal rights. His hobbies include spending time in nature and beer brewing and spends lots of hours passionately experimenting in his Craft Brewery which he runs as a side business.

Brenda & Sibu

Reception & Administration

Brenda and Sibu are the first friendly and caring faces you meet when entering the Paardevlei practice reception. They go the extra mile to keep our centre running like clockwork. Both Brenda and Sibu loves working with people and making clients feel welcome and comfortable. We rely on their strong administration skills as it enables our team to work even more efficiently and effectively.

Outside the practice, Sibu is an aspiring financial accountant, happily married with two amazing children. As a family, they love camping, cycling, lawn tennis and travelling. Brenda, on the other hand, prides herself in being a mother of an adult son and daughter. She loves basking in the sun in summer and traveling whenever the opportunity arises.

We most definitely call them our “frontline ladies”.