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

Brenda Cowley

Educational Psychologist / Infant Mental Health Specialist

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

Constantia, Cape Town

Educational Psychologist (M.Ed Psych. U.C.T.); Infant mental Health Specialist (MPhil. Infant Mental Health (cum laude) Univ. of Stellenbosch); Relational Focussing Psychotherapist (Focusing Institute, New York)

021 794 4738

079 508 5406

7 Thorne, Barbarossa, Cape Town, South Africa

I am a registered Educational Psychologist/Psychotherapist with a background in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  I have an additional master’s degree in Infant Mental Health. For the past 27 years I have been working in Cape Town in private practice.

I deal with all issues relating to babies and toddlers between the ages of 0 to 3 years.  This can range from general parenting advice (such as that related to potty training or weaning) to help with more serious issues such eating problems or excessive crying.

A lot of my work includes parent-infant psychotherapy which is a supportive, gentle and non-threatening form of therapy. Parents usually experience the therapy setting as a “safe haven” in which they and their babies/toddlers can relax in a non-judgemental space, and the parent is included in the therapy process. This work is usually short term (from between six to twelve sessions).

I work with mothers and/or fathers who are suffering from postnatal depression.  Sometimes I request that the baby be present in the sessions so that the attachment bond can be developed or nurtured in order to keep the baby’s emotional development on track.

I support individuals and couples who are going through fertility treatment and also enjoy helping parents with adopted babies or toddlers

I charge medical aid rates.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of the Cape Town Psychoanalytic Self Psychology Group which is affiliated to the South African Psychoanalytic Confederation.
  • Founding member of the Cape Town Child Psychoanalytic Group.
  • Member of the Western Cape Association for Infant Mental Health.
  • Member of the Cape Town Infant Mental Health Forum.
  • Member of the World Association for Infant Mental Health

Practice Number:  8621233
HPCSA Registration Number: PS 0033251