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

Claire Breen


Mindfulness and Compassion-based psychotherapy with individuals for stress, anxiety, overwhelm, self-criticism, perfectionism, low self worth, body-shame, fear of failure, life decisions and empathy fatigue.

8 week courses in Mindful Self-Compassion teach skills to handle challenging emotions with self-kindness.

I am a registered Educational Psychologist with a background in psychodynamic psychotherapy. I have been in private practice since 1990 in Constantia. My focus for decades has been working with adults in long term therapy using an integrative psychodynamic approach and meditation tools.

Mindfulness combined with Self-Compassion uses powerful tools for developing emotional resilience.  Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing. We learn to turn toward and greet our challenges with openness , curiosity and self-kindness.  If we can begin to perceive these challenges as opportunities for personal spiritual practice then we can befriend them, resolve them and begin to enjoy life again. Our life satisfaction will increase, as will our happiness, self-confidence, optimism, creativity and gratitude.

Training and Practice

I am a certified mindful self-compassion teacher through Steve Hickman, University of California, San Diego, Center for Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. Kristin Neff, Chris Germer, Steve Hickman and Michelle Becker trained me as a teacher in the Netherlands. An 8 month course in MSC further deepened my practice and experience. In addition I have further training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at Bangor University, Wales.


Compassion and meditation have always played a significant role in my life and I am enthusiastic about teaching the benefits of meditation, combined with compassion skills and energy work such as Emotional Freedom Technique.
I enjoy Nature, silence, simplicity, spaciousness and a lightness of Being.


Practice Number: 8616248
HPCSA Number: 0027871