Dr. Linda Blokland
Chairperson & Treasurer
MA Clinical Psychology (Unisa); PhD (UP)
Professional / Work Experience Summary: 20 years in limited private practice; 18 years in academia and training of professional psychologists
Field(s) of Interest in Psychology: Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Therapy; Family Systems Theory and Therapy; Psychometry; Training
Affiliations & Memberships: Registered member of Professional Board for Psychology of HPCSA; PsySSA
MA Clinical Psychology (Pretoria); MBA (Pretoria); PrM, (APM)
Gerhard completed his studies in Clinical Psychology in 1984.
He commenced private practice in 1988 and is still actively involved as such. He holds directorships in six companies. His interest focuses much on strategic planning with analysis of future trends. In this regard he heads the development of a cattle farm that relies solely on renewable energy resources. Gerhard has in depth knowledge of the mental health arena and the healthcare industry in South Africa. He is the CEO of PHI, a company that specialises in the management of psychiatric services (mental health) that has been and still is the market leader at present in South Africa. In this regard he is involved with strategic planning and advisory services, comprising a major part of the medical schemes market. Gerhard is involved in research, investigating trends that span more than 4 million medical schemes beneficiaries, regarding psychiatric services and mental health. As Managing Director of another company (GMPP) he manages 58 professionals including psychologists, medical specialists, general practitioners, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers in a new and first for South Africa, business endeavour, in conjunction with a major hospital group.
His interests are in mood disorders with specific reference to bipolar mood disorder. He prefers to work with the eco-systemic – and cognitive behavioural models in psychotherapy.
MA Clinical Psychology
Professional / Work Experience Summary: Dept. Medical Applied Psychology, Weskoppies Hospital 12 years, Lecturer in the Dept. Psychiatry (UP) 12 years, Part-time lecturer, Dept of Psychology (UP) 4 years, Private Practice, 12 years, Faculty member and lecturer, International Masterson Institute, New York.
Field(s) of Interest: Psychopathology and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Affiliations & Memberships: Registered with HPCSA, member of PsySSA, Director of the Masterson Institute, South Africa, Co-Director of the South African Institute for the Study of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, International Masterson Institute.
Dr. Pierre Cronje
MA; HED (University of Stellenbosch); DSE Remedial Education; D Ed (Unisa)
Professional / Work Experience: Pierre received his initial clinical experience as a psychotherapist whilst doing compulsory military service. Thereafter he was appointed as Senior Psychologist at JJ Serfontein (Child Care School) in Queenstown. As head of the transprofessional team, he furthered his education by enrolling for a Specialised Diploma in Remedial Education. In 1997 he moved to Pretoria to broaden his professional horizons and is since then in full time private practice. In his Doctorate from Unisa he investigated the viability of graphology in psychological assessment.
Field(s) of Interest: Pierre is interested in a variety of psychology-related fields such as Clinical Hypnosis, Neuropsychology and Graphology.
Affiliations & Memberships: Member of PsySSA; Diplomate Member of the Society of Clinical Hypnosis; Professional Graphologist.
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MA Clinical Psychology (NWU)
Professional / Work Experience Summary: Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital 1997-2003. Private limited and full time practice as Clinical Psychologist for 18 years.
Field(s) of Interest: General – Couples; Adults; Teenagers.
Affiliations & Memberships: Registered with HPCSA.