Meet our Expert Faculty

Werner Teichert
Clinical Psychologist (MAPS) (FCCLIN)
Werner Teichert is a clinical psychologist, full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Fellow of The College for Clinical Psychologists (FCCLIN).

He was trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) by Behavioral Tech, in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) by The Albert Ellis Institute (New York) and in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) by The Beck Institute. 
Ivan De Klerk
Clinical Psychologist
Ivan de Klerk has been in private practice as a clinical psychologist since 2012. He has extensive experience in forensic settings, including medium- and maximum security offenders and serving on the National Council of Correctional services.

He was trained in DBT by The South African DBT Institute in 2018-2019. Together with Dr. Biva Naik, he was one of the first practitioners to start standard adult and adolescent DBT programs.  
Dr. Melané van Zyl
Specialist Psychiatrist
Dr. Melané van Zyl is a specialist psychiatrist in private practice and the current chairperson for the South African Society of Psychiatrist (SASOP)'s Psychotherapy special interest group. As someone with a wealth of experience in leading outpatient and inpatient programs, she has been at the forefront of developing treatment interventions. 

She was comprehensively trained in DBT by The South African DBT Institute, as well as internationally trained in psychoanalysis. 
Karmen Hutton
Clinical Psychologist
Karmen Hutton is a clinical psychologist in private practice. She has worked in  several clinical settings, including Weskoppies Hospital, Sterkfontein Hospital and Private Psychiatric Hospitals.

She was trained in DBT by The South African DBT Institute in 2018-2019. Her area of special interest is using DBT with adolescents.
Dr. Biva Naik
Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Biva Naik is a clinical psychologist with particular interest in self-harming behaviour and mood disorders. She has been locally and internationally trained in different therapeutic methods and aims to provide cutting-edge interventions.

She was trained in DBT by the South African DBT Institute and was one of the pioneers of standard adult and adolescent DBT programs in South Africa.
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