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

Charmaine de Waard

Counselling Psychologist

I have been in private practice as a psychologist in Westville Durban for many years. I trained at the University of Natal where I obtained a Masters in Counselling Psychology. Over the years I have engaged in further training regarding the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression panic, and a variety of other disorders.

At my practice, set in the quiet calm surroundings of Westville, I offer the following services to individuals and couples:


I have many years experience in treating adults and teenagers in a wide variety of disorders and issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment problems, grief, general stress etc. I believe that addressing issues through therapy is hugely beneficial in treating these problems, and in particular, in reducing the recurrence of psychological issues as well as reducing the need to rely on ongoing chronic medication. I use a variety of different treatment modalities that best suits the individual and problem presented. I also have a particular focus in working with couples in marital or relationship conflict. I am passionate about teaching individuals and couples the necessary skills and tools to deal with future life issues in an empowering way. I work within a cost-effective, short-term, solution-focused framework (usually within 6-8 sessions) and I am contracted into medical aids.

Divorce and Family Mediation

I am also trained in divorce and family mediation. As the years have passed, I have become more aware in the therapeutic setting of just how detrimental an acrimonious divorce can be on parental relationships and parent-child relationships, leading to a host of psychological disorders and stunted psychological development in both the children and the parents involved.

Usually when a couple decides to divorce, they consult separate attorneys each hoping to get the best settlement deal that they can. However, soon the legal bills and emotional distress begin to overwhelm the whole family. Divorce by mediation helps identify issues relating to the division of assets, maintenance, and parenting in the future. It assists in removing the painful win-lose atmosphere that is often created in adversarial divorces. Mediation involves negotiating a mutually beneficial and reasonable solution where partners are empowered to be part of the decision-making process regarding their settlement and the future plans regarding their children. Both must accept decisions derived from the negotiations.

The process is a fraction of the time and cost that it takes acrimonious divorces to pass through the courts and it minimizes emotional trauma, while creating a co-operative atmosphere to co-parent healthy well-adjusted children into the future once the spousal relationship has ended. Many other forms of divorce negotiations lose sight of the best interests of the children.

Even our legal system is now recognizing the value of mediation. The Children’s Act (No. 38 of 2005), Section 33 of that Act states that mediation is compulsory for parents drawing up a future parenting plan.

In my practice, I assist couples who have made the decision to divorce, in making all the relevant decisions regarding their divorce agreement and parenting and maintenance plans, which allows them to consult one attorney together to present the divorce to the courts, thereby reducing the costs and trauma of litigation dramatically.

Making the call for help is often a scary and overwhelming feeling, but once accomplished can be the most empowering experience in assisting you in taking control of your life in this fast-paced world that we live in..

Professional memberships

  • Health Professions Council of South Africa Registration Number: PS 0066893
  • Psychological Society of South Africa Membership Number: DEW003
  • Board of Healthcare Funders Practice Number: 8645256
  • KwaZulu-Natal Association of Family Mediators (KAFAM)