About

About

René Pfaff completed a BA (cum laude), BA Hons (cum laude) and MA Psychology at the University of Pretoria.  She has been a registered Counselling Psychologist for the past 17 years.  After completing her Masters Dissertation in the area of Child Psychology she spent time at a School for Learning Disabled learners, various colleges, universities and organisations after which she started her private practice. 

She assists clients to gain insight into themselves and others.  She works together with her clients to work through and eliminate barriers and self-limiting beliefs in order for each individual and family to become the successful and happy people that they were all meant to be. “I have a passion for unleashing each unique individual’s full potential whilst allowing them to fully enjoy and cherish all aspects of the gift called “life”.  She is married and mother to 3 children, Danée, Darius and Ruben.  René lives and practices in Somerset West.  She works in Afrikaans and English. Rene is contracted to all medical aids but also offers discounted cash rates for those who need to pay privately.


Lizelle Fryer completed my matric in 1997 and then enrolled for an Educare course at Boland College where she worked daily with toddlers and small children.  Thereafter she enrolled at the University of Stellenbosch and completed her BEd degree, qualifying as a senior phase teacher and thereafer completed  a BEdHons degree with Educational Psychology as a major.  After spending time in America and Dubai she started working at Herzlia High School as a Vocational Teacher. Her role entailed working with learners that struggled to cope with mainstream education.

She worked at the Good Hope Psychological Services in Paarl where she was able to assist children and adults from underprivileged areas.  Lizelle further has experience at Vera, school for learners with Autism and special needs.  

Lizelle is proud to call herself a Psychologist and believe that this is what she was supposed to do with her life.  She is passionate about making a positive change in people’s lives. Furthermore, she strives to work in an ethically sound manner within a Bio-Ecological framework. She believes in empowering the people that work with and care for children and therefore her involvement and interaction with parents and teachers are of utmost importance.

Lizelle offers services related to psychometric assessments (psycho-educational-, school readiness-, subject choice-; career choice- and emotional intelligence assessments), therapy interventions, play therapy. personal development (study skills, time management etc.), as well as parental guidance related to the wellbeing of children and adolescents. 

Lizelle is married and practices in Somerset West.  She works with all toddlers and all school-aged children, including teenagers.  Her sessions are facilitated in English  or Afrikaans and she is available after hours or weekends.


Annemie Fouché is a Registered Counsellor and Psychometrist (Independent Practice) with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). She started her journey towards becoming a mental health practitioner by completing her Honours degree in Psychology (Cum Laude) at the University of Stellenbosch. Her passion for working with people and offering support to those in need motivated her to further develop her interests and skills within the field of psychology. She completed a six month trauma counselling internship (BPsych Equivalent) at the Community Intervention Centre based at Milnerton Medi-Clinic and Durbanville Children’s Home. After passing the board exam she registered as Counsellor. She worked as Student Support Officer at Boland College in Stellenbosch and provided a wide range of support services to students, parents and lecturing staff. After completing her internship in psychometry, she furthered her career as School Counsellor at Pretoria Boys High School. Her yearning for the mountains and family made her return to the Western Cape where she then worked as Intervention Coordinator at Paarl Gymnasium High School. She decided to enter private practice because she believes that the experience she gained while working within these broad environments have equipped her with the knowledge and skills needed to offer quality support services in her community.

Annemie follows a Solution Focused Approach when dealing with children, adolescents and adults. By applying solution focused techniques she builds on client’s strengths whilst helping them achieve their goals and outcomes in order to live their best lives! She truly believes that empowering clients to rather focus on their abilities and what they’ve achieved in the past, they become hopeful for whatever difficulties they may face now or in future. Apart from counselling she offers play intervention as well as the following psychometric services: cognitive assessments, scholastic evaluations, and subject choice- and career assessments. Psycho-education is one of her passions and therefore she enjoys providing guidance to parents and teachers.

Annemie is an enthusiastic trail runner living with her husband and horse loving toddler in Grabouw. She practices from the practice of Rene Pfaff & Associates in  Somerset West and she is always willing to offer her services in schools or other areas where needed.


René van der Bank completed her BA Hons (Social Work) degree at the University of Stellenbosch and shortly thereafter relocated to the United Kingdom. During this time she also completed a Post Qualifying Award in Social Work (PQI) through the Royal Holloway University of London.

Over a period of ten years in the United Kingdom, René practised as a registered Child Protection Social Worker, within different Child Protection Teams across several Boroughs. During this time she gained extensive experience in completing multi-disciplinary assessments for Children in need, undertaking Care Proceedings and attending court. René also spent time in a Fostering and Adoption Team where she acquired a range of skills working with foster carers and the adoption process.  

Since returning to South Africa, Rene has registered with the South African Council for Social Service Professions and has been involved in community projects undertaken by CABSA (Christian Aids Buro of South Africa). She has also supported staff members through bereavement counselling sessions at the Helderberg Society for the Aged. René is a qualified FAMAC mediator and is able to assist families in resolving their differences.

It is René’s passion to advocate for children by focussing on their wishes and feelings. She strives to empower children and their families to promote their own strengths and thereby enabling them to achieve necessary change.

René lives in Somerset West with her husband and two children. She is practising from the practice of René Phaff & Associates and is able to facilitate sessions in Afrikaans and English.