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

Tamara (Sayers) Zanella

Counselling Psychologist & EMDR Therapist

I trained as a Counselling Psychologist in the UK. My undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Sussex in Brighton, whilst my MSc was completed at Roehampton University in London. My training included Psychodynamic and Rogerian approaches to therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Having been trained in three modalities I am able to combine these into an integrative approach. This has the advantage of covering a range of methods from which it is possible to select the therapy that best fits the client’s particular needs. For example, relationship difficulties can be best understood from a combination of psychodynamic and Rogerian approaches, whilst Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be most effective for anxiety and trauma.

Furthermore, I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). This is a specific psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences and is particularly effective for trauma-related difficulties and bereavement. EMDR is one of only two therapies recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the treatment of PTSD, the other being trauma-focused CBT which I am also trained in.

Whilst in the UK I worked in the voluntary sector as well as within Primary Care in the National Health Service (NHS) in London, working with clients across the whole life course presenting with;

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Anger
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Eating disorders
  • Bereavement
  • Drug and alcohol dependencies

In addition, I worked within the Renal Unit of The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. I consulted with both inpatients and outpatients presenting with various difficulties, including;

  • Adjusting to diagnosis and treatment
  • Coping with a chronic illness
  • End of life difficulties
  • Medication adherence issues
  • Coping with haemodialysis
  • Needle phobias
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger

I was also responsible for assessing patients and donors for kidney and liver transplant.

I remain registered with the Health and Care Professions Council UK and I am a Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

On my return to South Africa in 2010 I registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and have been working within employee wellness in the corporate sector as well as in private practice. I have been working with employees and executives whose difficulties are affecting their work-related performance. In addition, I have been providing business coaching on a pro-active basis in order to improve performance for leadership and development and organising and facilitating numerous workshops and talks for employees on various topics.

I am a member of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) and I work on a voluntary basis for the trauma unit of the South African Police Service. In addition, I was an Executive Committee member of the South African Psychoanalytic Confederation (SAPC) in 2012.

My areas of interest and expertise include;

  • PTSD, trauma and stress-related disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders (including generalised anxiety, panic, social anxiety and phobias)
  • Mood Disorders (depression, bipolar disorder)
  • Relationship difficulties and couples therapy
  • Stress management and burnout
  • Health and medical difficulties

Practice number: 0417599
HPCSA Number: PS 0114413