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

Dr Melanie Silove

Psychotherapist & Clinical Social Worker

Clients often arrive at my door distressed and despairing about themselves and their lives. Calling a therapist can be difficult and you may have lots of questions. What can you expect? How can seeing a counsellor help? What approach will she take to my problem?

From the first session, you will enter a respectful, nonjudgmental and confidential space. This therapeutic space is dedicated to your personal growth and healing. Your emotional and psychological well-being are my primary concern.

I provide no ‘advice’, ‘homework’ tasks, home visits or perfect solutions. Instead I offer you an experience of freely speaking your thoughts and of being heard and understood. Out of speaking and listening together, a vital new perspective often emerges from which painful personal problems can be seen in a different light. This offers fresh hope and encouragement.

I offer individual therapy for adults who are:

  • Depressed, tearful and can’t sleep or concentrate;
  • Anxious, panicky, sweaty or short of breath;
  • Struggling with relationship breakdown and the partner’s loss of interest or ‘affair’;
  • Adult survivors of child sexual abuse;
  • Recently bereaved and struggling with the loss of someone close;
  • Recently divorced and coping with separation and finding a new identity;
  • Facing mid-life transitions including the “empty nest” and retirement.

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • SA Psychoanalytic Initiative (SAPI)
  • SA Psychoanalytic Confederation (SAPC)
  • SA Association of Social Workers in Private Practice (SAASWIPP)
  • SA Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP)
  • SA Association of Jungian Analysts (SAAJA) – Candidate Member

If you are looking for a caring and dedicated psychotherapist or clinical social worker in Observatory, Cape Town, you are welcome to contact me to discuss any concerns in a safe and confidential setting. To find out more about my approach to therapy, please visit my website


Practice Number:
SA Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP)
Reg. No.10- 0765