Put Your Health First. Shape a Mind That Works For You.

“Therapy requires talking openly about one’s ‘self’, aspects of one’s identity and how one fits into one’s community.”

Dr. Sandy Hoffman

Counselling Psychologist

Entering therapy is a self-affirming decision that takes courage.

People entering therapy usually have a concern they would like to resolve. Intentionally or unintentionally they are acknowledging that previous ways of managing some issues in their lives or relationship/s may no longer be that helpful or sufficient. New and different skills to engage with others, which help a person feel more true to themselves and their relationships, need to be explored.

There needs to be sufficient profound trust and feelings of safety for a person to risk being ‘real’ with another person. In therapy, one often exposes parts of one’s self that, in the past, one may have suppressed even from personal view.

“ You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. ”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

the therapy

I work in private practice with women, men, adolescents, couples and partners, from many different backgrounds.

Therapy may be one-to-one, group therapy, family therapy or partnership therapy. Therapy can be brief and deal with short-term situations or it may be long-term. Yet each therapeutic consultation seems to uncover more and deeper layers of fascinating, important and sometimes scary aspects of how we fit into life and our relationships.

Dr. Sandy Hoffman

Recent Publications

Hoffman, S. (2024). The Courage to GrowLisa’s Story: Crime and Therapy in Society

The Courage to Grow describes a journey lived through a 24-year therapeutic relationship with Lisa, a woman the author first met in a correctional facility as a counsellor. The book is the result of the author’s uncomfortable realisation that she formed part of a society that grows crime, albeit largely unknowingly. Government, supported by society at large, attempts to contain crime through highly publicised but reactive measures under the banner ‘war on crime’, which focuses on the ‘offender’ as the cause of crime and the sole element to be rehabilitated. The author suggests that, for rehabilitation to be effective, all elements of crime must be addressed.



Any person who wishes to explore therapy can be referred by their general practitioner, a psychiatrist, any other person or, even better, refer yourself (this means you are already empowering yourself by owning your right to be healthy and using the environment to help you). To ensure that focus is maintained for all of us in the consultation, therapy sessions last for 50 minutes or at most an hour. In order to avoid resentment and guilt contaminating therapy, yet taking into account the importance of accepting that health means we respect that we are imperfect, you as the client will be charged if you fail to give 24 hours’ notice that you can’t make an appointment (except if such absence occurs due to a crises in health). Similarly, if I double book and you are inconvenienced for your session, you will get a consultation for free.


I am registered with the Health Professions Council as a counselling psychologist (no: PS0061050), and my practice is registered under practice no: 8640998. Relevant medical aids packages should therefore cover fees for consultation. Fees for therapy are in accordance with medical aid rates.

Clients are responsible for prompt payment of their accounts, and for negotiation with their medical aids regarding their reimbursements (or problems of with payment), if any. In accordance with the aim of therapy to encourage mutual respect and personal and relational empowerment, if a client has a problem with making payments, you are urged to speak directly to me about this so that an alternative and mutually suitable arrangement can be reached.

At the end of every month, you will receive a statement of account which indicates how much has been paid and how much is owing, and banking details for payment. Payment can be made in cash after every consultation, or by EFT at the end of the month.