Treatment in Life
A day programme that’s integrated into your life may offer the best opportunity to manage and face your challenges.
Sometimes help is needed in a more intensive way than a single monthly or even weekly appointment with a healthcare professional.
On the other hand, inpatient treatment can be costly, disruptive and can prevent you from drawing on the skills and resources you do have.
A hospital admission can give a huge sense of relief by getting away from your problems. However, in some situations the discharge back into ordinary life can feel overwhelmingly difficult and you may find it difficult to hold on to the gains you made.
Treatment that’s been shown to work
We believe that ongoing support in dealing with the problems you face provides a vital sense of self-confidence that can grow over time.
We offer a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) informed treatment approach. It is an internationally recognised, evidence based treatment for disturbances in mood and behaviour.
The Day Clinic provides independent therapy day programmes both for adults and for adolescents.
Our therapies are located in a centrally accessible and appealing setting on Oxford Road, Saxonwold, Johannesburg.
The Day Clinic Team
Dr Ella Brent
Dr Jow’hara Chundra
Dr Wendy Duncan
Elmi du Toit
Richard qualified as a clinical psychologist from the University of Johannesburg and completed his internship training at Tara hospital and the central Johannesburg community mental health clinics, before finishing his community service in community-based mental health. After a number of years working for Gauteng Health and Social Development in various outpatient clinics, the Tara family therapy clinic and some work in Ward 4&5 at Tara, he transitioned into full-time private practice. Since then he has gained post qualification experience in Gestalt psychology, Rorschach personality assessment, and interpersonal group therapy.
Richard works in a generalist private practice with adolescents, adults, couples, and groups, using an integration of psychodynamic, Gestalt, cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) approaches. He is involved in the DBT day program at The Day Clinic and also offers a wide range of psychometric assessments for career, subject-choice, clinical and personality applications. He is a member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF), Johannesburg Relational Psychology Peer Association and Advanced Rorschach Discussion Group.Richard
Esther van der Walt
Esther van der Walt, MA Clin Psych, (UJ) (cum laude) is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Parktown, Johannesburg. BHF practice number: PR0491950; HPCSA registration number: PS0111198.
She has received training in psychoanalytic, group analytic, art counselling, as well as ecosystemic (family therapy) schools. She works with individual adults, as well as couples and groups, and does clinical supervision. She is interested in mood disorders, affect regulation, interpersonal communication, race relations, and has a particular love for groups.
Esther was introduced to DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) during her internship year at Tara Psychiatric Hospital a decade and a half ago.
Esther works in Afrikaans and English.