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

John Soderlund

Counselling Psychologist

I am a licensed counselling psychologist, registered with the HPCSA. I work in an insight-oriented and solutions-oriented approach to managing difficulties relating to depression, couple relationships,  anxiety, work-related issues and addiction. My services are available in person and via Skype chat. I aim to ensure that therapy can be a safe space in which to more consciously explore how what we feel, think and do can be better understood to allow us to make decisions that are congruent and sustainable, and that give us a more lasting and deeper sense of meaning.


Since 2000, I have been providing psychotherapy to individuals and groups to deal with a wide range of difficulties. Special areas of interest include depression, anxiety difficulties, addiction, couple relationships and the complexities of navigating an increasingly time-urgent, myopic and pressured world.

At the turn of the century, I cofounded, and have since served as the editor of, New Therapist magazine (, an international magazine for psychotherapists, providing essential support to therapists around the world who are interested in ensuring that they provide a thoroughly informed, sustainable, ethical and effective service to their clients.

Over the same period, I have designed and implemented wellness and psychological services to corporate and organisational clients through employee assistance providers. To date, these services have been used by over 200,000 members of the South African workforce. I presently provide internet-based counselling services to similar clients throughout the African continent.

I regard integrity in our most important relationships as central to our overall health and find much satisfaction helping couples to become more real and engaged with one another when those relationships feel most under threat. I  have a strong interest in how our behaviours in daily life subtly, but powerfully influence our overall sense of wellbeing and in how we can make changes to these to tip the balance towards increasingly engaged and confident ways of being in our home and work lives.

As my own age marches relentlessly onwards, I am, increasingly interested in how we seek meaning that goes beyond simply making a living, raising a family and being a respectable citizen. I see creativity as an essential component of psychological health and enjoy exploring with my clients where that can be most meaningfully grown.

I have worked for several years in helping people who are struggling with one or another kind of addiction, both as inpatients and as outpatients. I believe that addiction is often an attempt (albeit misguided) to soothe unmanageable emotions and that recovery is about finding more sustainable ways to deal with the emotional distress, gain insight into the dynamics of the addiction and chart a path towards dedicated commitment to taking the long road home.

I am becoming more distressed by the larger forces of societal change and how they are impacting how we relate to one another. The pervasiveness of digital technology, profit-obsessed enterprises and a growing assumption the world over that instant gratification trumps sustainable progress are all tendencies that I believe make it difficult for us to preserve integrity in our relationships, a healthy relationship with our planet and our own sense of purpose in life. I enjoy working with clients who are navigating a way of being in the world that pays greater heed to our human connectedness that has kept us going for millennia than to the short-term securities that modern life encourages us to prioritise.

Practice Number: 0000744
HPCSA Registration Number:
PS 0068357