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
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.
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
BSc Dietetics (NWU)
BHF Practice nr: PR730084
We focus on the Brain-Gut axis and improving the microbiome with the food choices we choose. This is carefully integrated with the principles of intuitive eating, teaching patients to listen to their bodies and being more mindful. Our approach is very practical and moves the patient from a spectator to a participant. There will also be recipe demonstrations and patients will take home all the recipes they will enjoy during their stay.
Retha is a driven and passionate Dietician that has a desire to improve health and wellness to prevent disease. She aims to address wellness not only as a healthy weight or a disease-free life but rather as a life in abundance in all aspects of a person’s being.
Retha has a special interest in corporate health as a consultant dietitian, she often gives talks on health-related topics at events, she also offers masterclasses as well as recipe demonstrations. She also wrote and published a recipe e-book in 2018. On a more individual and group consultation level, she focuses on mindful and intuitive eating, weight management, Diabetes Mellitus (Accredited Dietician for the Centre of Diabetes and Endocrinology and Optifast trained), nutrigenomics and many more.
She serves on the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) Executive committee as the Public Relations portfolio holder as well as being an ADSA spokesperson. She is also registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) as well as South African Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (SASPEN)