Nadya Wynchank

Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

I am a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and have been qualified for 19 years. In this time I’ve worked extensively with teenagers and adults in a variety of settings (private practice, hospitals, prisons, youth care facilities, universities and NPO’s). In addition, I have taught at post-graduate level, both locally and in the United Kingdom.

From my work with clients and my own experience, I know that life presents us with a variety of obstacles, opportunities, surprises, wounds, which we are sometimes not prepared for or feel overwhelmed by.  When this happens it can feel like things get blocked or patterns are simply repeating themselves with the same unhelpful outcome.

The work I do with clients is to map out these difficulties or unhelpful patterns and together make sense of their origins, the purpose they serve and how they can be shifted. I also work carefully with clients to assist them in developing particular skills that can be applied in the world out there.

As a psychologist, I believe it is really important for me to work collaboratively; with authenticity, integrity and respect, person to person. Psychotherapy involves a real relationship, where safety and trust can be cultivated and transformation can be gently fostered.

Forensic Work

I  conduct medico-legal assessments both for civil matters (e.g., child care and custody and crimin injuria) as well as criminal matters (e.g., assessing psychopathology, criminal responsibility and fitness-to-stand-trial). I also have a specialist training in forensic psychotherapy, where I apply psychodynamic thinking to the understanding and treatment of anti-social and criminal behaviour.


  • Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, University of Cape Town (2000)
  • Mentalisation Based Therapy training, Anna Freud Centre & University College London (2005)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma, Tavistock & Portman Institute, London (2006)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Psychotherapy, Tavistock & Portman Institute, London (2008)
  • Post Graduate Specialisation in Psychotherapy in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Maudsley Hospital: Department of Psychotherapy, London (2011)

Professional Affiliations

  • Cape Town Society for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology
  • South African Psychoanalytic Confederation
  • Health Professions Council of South Africa
  • International Association of Forensic Psychotherapy

Practice number: 0563528
HPCSA number: 0070890

- The Knighton Practice