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Meet Our Team

Elsa Struwig

Elsa Struwig is the owner of the therapy centre. She has two children of her own whom have taught and informed her work.

Elsa devoted her career to help children heal from the detrimental effect of childhood trauma as well as assisting children with other mental health challenges. As an Eye Movement Integration Therapy (EMI) Practitioner, Elsa was the first person internationally to publish a study on the use of EMI for childhood trauma. She also co-published internationally with Prof A. D. van Breda in the journal Families in Society. She presented modules in Assessment as well as Clinical Practice for the Clinical Master’s Degree programme at the University of Johannesburg. Elsa also mentored several students during their internship for the same programme.

The framework within which she works includes ego state therapy, Ericksonian hypnosis, solution focused therapy, Somatic Experiencing® and play therapy. She completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Johannesburg (Cum Laude). Elsa is also a certified EMDR practitioner as well as a certified Somatic Experiencing ® practitioner. She presents workshops as well as papers at national and international congresses in South Africa as well as abroad.

Professional Memberships:
  • SACSSP (South African Council for Social Service Professions) – 10-17399
  • SAASWIPP (South African Association for Social Workers in Private Practice)
  • BHF (Board of Health Care Funders) – Practice no 089 0000167916
  • SAPSAC (The South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children)
  • MEPSSA (Milton H. Erickson Psychotherapy Society of South Africa) – Executive Committee Member
  • MEISA (Milton H. Erickson Institute of South Africa) – Senior Member)
Eunice Uys

Eunice Uys graduated at the University of Pretoria in 1987. Eunice also completed a three-month course in Forensic Social Work in 2015 at the Wits University where she accomplished the highest practical result, and in 2013 she completed a course through FACT by Dr Louise Aucamp, well-known Specialist in Forensic Investigations and Assessments in allegations of Sexual Abuse.

Eunice enjoys working with young children and has also been in practise for 16 years at Laerskool Garsfontein during the mornings. She deals with a wide spectrum of problems that includes child depression, separation anxiety, trauma, lack of social skills development, impact of divorce on children and giving parental guidance. Since 2011, she has been in private practise at the Elsa Struwig Centre.

Eunice has a passion for children that are dealing with problems and strives to help them solve issues and challenges they face. She also attends the children’s court on a regular basis to help protect the child or make recommendations in connection with contact visits and primary residence.

Charmaine van der Spuy

Charmaine is a clinical social worker in private practice in Pretoria. She is passionate about children and believes it is a privilege to work with children, to be allowed to enter their magical world, and to be accepted into their pain and vulnerabilities. Charmaine sees every interaction with a child as an opportunity to learn and believes that every interaction enriches her.

Charmaine has completed her Master’s Degree at the top of her class and is constantly continuing her education and knowledge through workshops and training. Charmaine’s specialties include working with young children and toddlers (under 3 years) with a variety of emotional difficulties. She enjoys working together with parents, teachers and other health professionals in order to best help the child. Charmaine also offers parent guidance to assist parents who struggle with disciplining/understanding their child.

Charmaine is the mother of twins whom are often the guinea pigs of her ideas and techniques. I will not be surprised if they write a book one day with a title that reads “Being a therapist’s child”.

Her qualifications and training include:
  • BA (Socsci)
  • MA (Socsci) Clinical
  • Internationally accredited Somatic Experience Practitioner
  • EMDR practitioner
  • EMI practitioner
  • Lego-based therapy facilitator
Professional memberships:
  • SACSSP (South African Council for Social Service Professionals) Nr 10-30811
  • BHF (Board of Health Care Funders) Pr Nr 0890000480916
  • MEISA (Milton H. Erickson Institution of South Africa)


Marni Hattingh

Marni Hattingh is an educational psychologist who completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Johannesburg. She is currently working on her Doctoral Thesis in Indigenous Knowledge and Trauma Interventions. She also holds a degree in Education as well as an Honours Degree in Theology. She enjoys working with younger children, teenagers and students in a comfortable atmosphere, where a safe, integrated space is provided for the therapeutic process. She offers the following services:

  • Therapy for emotional, social, spiritual and behavioural difficulties as well as for family relations, crisis and trauma.
  • Emotional and scholastic assessment (including intervention regarding scholastic and learning difficulties as well as inclusive education needs).
  • Facilitation in terms of skills development and study methods.
  • Feedback to learners and parents as well as guiding and equipping parents in the context of the therapeutic and remedial environment.
  • Working together with teachers and other professionals in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Eye Movement Integration (EMI) for trauma, as well as Trauma and Tension Release Exercises (TRE), which initiates neurogenic tremors that release recent or latent tension stored in the body due to a traumatic incident or just everyday stressors.
Lemmer Rootman

Bsocsci: Psychology; Bed (hons): Educational Psychology; Med: Educational Psychology at University of Pretoria.

Lemmer Rootman has been working at Unica School for learners with Autism since 2010 and has had extensive training in areas related to Autism guidance and support. This includes Alternative and Augmentative Communication and Behavioural training. He has also presented workshops and training on Sexuality and Autism, as well as Behavioural Workshops for parents, teachers, and other professionals.

Lemmer believes in continuously adapting therapeutic approaches to best support the client’s needs.  He currently offers the following services:

  • Scholastic and Emotional Assessments
  • Career Guidance and Support
  • Study skills and method training and support
  • Autism Diagnosis, guidance and support
  • Social Skills training and Lego-based therapy
Professional Memberships:
  • Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) PS0134937
  • Board of Healthcare funders (BHF) 0671819

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