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​In January 2018 Dr Carin Bester and Dr Vanessa Marais established a psychology group practice at RustenVrede called Psychology@RustenVrede, providing psychotherapy to in- and out-patients.




I’m touched by the journey of each person I work with. Therapeutically, I aim to create a mindful space for each person to find meaning, grow and succeed in personal transformation.

I consider personal transformation a life task for all people and the foundation of the work that I share with each patient as we work together in therapy. When other people transform, I also grow and transform.

As Carl Gustav Jung said: “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”




Over the years, I’ve worked predominantly with all forms of anxiety especially relating to trauma, Panic Disorder and physical illnesses.


Major Depression and Postpartum Depression are also part of my clinical experience.  My biggest interest lies in working with cancer patients, especially breast cancer.  I recently finished my PhD in holistic therapeutic interventions with breast cancer patients. 


I’ve always been involved with cancer patients throughout my 27 years as a Clinical Psychologist, and work very actively with them and their families.  I also see terminally ill patients. 

​Aiming to provide a specialised service to our patients, a carefully selected group of experienced clinical and a neuro psychologists were then selected to form part of the group practice.




I am a clinical psychologist and work from a holistic, dynamic and in-depth psychotherapeutic perspective. I believe each life-narrative is unique and that every individual has the resilience and potential to overcome life’s greatest hardships.


As a therapist, I value the bravery in which it takes to seek therapy. I aim to build genuine and trusting relationships with my patients so as to foster growth, self-exploration and healing. It is my hope to understand individual experience and vulnerability which shape our perceptions and worldview.




I am a clinical psychologist who has a special interest in working with relational difficulties, anxiety, depression, addiction and eating disorders.

As a psychologist, I value that each individual is unique and thus believes in taking a holistic and person-centered approach to therapy. I believe in walking with and guiding my clients in a process of healing because its not about the destination but the journey that matters. 




I am a Clinical Neuropsychologist who trained in the diagnosis and assessment of neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as other medical conditions affecting cognition and behaviour. 

I also have a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) - children, adolescents and adults. As a psychologist, I strongly believe in empathically collaborating with my patients in every part of the treatment process.

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