Johannesburg Psychoanalytic Couples Psychotherapy






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The Johannesburg Psychoanalytic Couples Psychotherapy (JPAPC) group was established in 2013 for psychologists specialising in couples and relationship therapy.  As a group of qualified, well-trained and highly-experienced professionals, we are all extremely interested in the dynamics of relationships and what actually happens when two individuals get together to form an intimate relationship.

It is naturally challenging and daunting for everyone to understand ourselves, and then another with whom we want to have a relationship.

We have come together as a group of professionals who would like to help couples to navigate their relationships.

Through our clinical practice we recognise the need for ongoing training and supervision in couple work. We expose ourselves to cutting edge research and international practices, and share our clinical experience, knowledge and resources with each other on a regular basis. In addition, we are able to challenge each other to aspire to the highest standards of ethical clinical learning and application.


The group meets on a monthly basis throughout the year. We also participate in additional workshops, seminars and conferences.  All of our members abide by the ethical standards established by their registered bodies and attend clinical supervision which is a practice requirement for all psychologists and psychotherapists.

Current members of JPACP

We are full members of the Association of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (ACPP) which is based in Cape Town.  This means we are able to gain benefit from their long-standing commitment to analytic study and how to help couples who are in a difficult place. Our group is part of the South African Psychoanalytic Confederation, the umbrella body uniting all psychoanalytic practitioners in South Africa. In addition, we have close links with the world-renowned Tavistock Relationships (formerly the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships) which is in London.

During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all our members adhere to strict protocols and strategies in line with the South African Health Department’s guidelines.  All our members are able to offer online counselling via well-known video platforms and those who continue to see clients face-to-face have their rooms sanitised, properly ventilated and keep a safe social distance.

Feel welcome to get in touch with one of our members if you’re thinking of couples therapy.  We can all do with assistance in helping us come through a difficult phase and negotiate a new path on the road ahead.