"Every adventure requires a first step."

― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland


Our dream to have a hospital where children and parents with mental health issues can be admitted to get help from various professionals finally came true after a challenging 18-month journey.

Optima@RustenVrede is a private psychiatric clinic on the Helshoogte Road, nestled against mountains in the beautiful Banhoek Valley next to the Hillcrest Berry Farm outside Stellenbosch. It comprises adolescent and child units and is one of the first in-patient settings in South Africa where children with emotional problems can be admitted with a parent, for a therapeutic programme.

Patients are in the care of a multi-disciplinary team comprising psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and occupational therapists. There are 32 beds. The clinic was built especially for its purpose and care has been taken in the ward layout, furnishing and creation of specialised therapeutic spaces in order to create the most conducive environment possible.

We treat a broad spectrum of mental health issues, developmental disorders and crisis situations, assist in diagnosis, and advise on treatment plan going forward. Patients typically stay for a two-week period but this could be shorter or longer, depending on need and medical aid benefits.

The practice was established by Dr Fanie Meyer, Dr Christa Weyers, Dr Carin Bester, Dr Vanessa Marais and Ms Naomi Schreuder.

If you would like to admit a patient please contact Dr Weyers’s Rooms at 021 885 1625.

Our passion is to assist children and their families in their processes of growth and healing.

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