Clinical Psychologist, Leslie Ebben B.A Psych (UJ), B.A. Hons Psych (UJ), M.A Clin Psych (UJ)

Tessa Ackermann

Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Psychologist, Leslie Ebben B.A Psych (UJ), B.A. Hons Psych (UJ), M.A Clin Psych (UJ)

Newlands / Rondebosch, Cape Town

M Soc Sc (Clinical Psychology) Rhodes

7 Keurboom Road, Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa

I am a Clinical Psychologist working in private practice since 2001 in Newlands / Rondebosch. I assist couples and adult individuals with a range of difficulties, which include relationship conflict, anxiety, depression, postnatal depression, adjustments disorders, life management difficulties and self-limiting or self-defeating behaviour patterns.

I offer a confidential psychotherapy space in which you can explore your difficulties in order to alleviate symptoms and foster lasting change. The process begins with an assessment before a treatment plan is agreed upon. This also allows you to get a feel for how I work before making the decision to embark on a therapeutic process, which involves meeting at regular times one or more times a week. You can expect me to listen carefully to your thoughts, feelings, fears and expectations and your own reasons for coming to therapy.

I am committed to continued personal and professional development and belong to the following professional bodies:

  • Association of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (ACPP)
  • Affiliate Member Cape Town Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CTSPP)
  • South African Psychoanalytic Confederation (SAPC)

Will psychotherapy help me?

Couples and individuals can struggle to know if they really need to see a psychotherapist or not and often wonder if their own problem is too big or too small for this. There is really no right or wrong reason to seek psychotherapy and people decide to come for very different reasons. Some have had a traumatic experience, some are struggling with relationships or work conflict, some come because they feel very bad about who they are without knowing why, others know “something is wrong” without really being able to figure out what it is, while some seek therapy because they are struggling to cope with major life events, like becoming a parent.

Psychotherapy can be beneficial for you individually or as a couple to understand and manage a whole host of difficulties. Seeing a psychotherapist for a few sessions will help you explore if you need psychotherapy or not.

I believe that psychotherapy can be a valuable collaborative process between a caring therapist and client/couple. Our current struggles are often shaped by past events and relationships ­­– psychotherapy can help you explore deeper processes in your thoughts and feelings which you may not be consciously aware of but which affect you today. I believe the goal of psychotherapy is to have a deeper and fuller understanding of your individual or couple self in order to find healthier, more lasting ways of being in relationships and in the world, and in managing your difficulties.


Practice no: 086 000 0063185
HPCSA registration no:
PS 0072869