The newly established child and adolescent psychiatric hospital (Optima@RustenVrede) just outside Stellenbosch
on the slopes of Simonsberg Mountain offer in-patient programmes focused on personal transformation
Each day consists of 2/3 psychology groups and 2/3 occupational therapy groups.
Each patient also sees a psychologist and psychiatrist daily.
We run an adolescent programme, a mother/child programme and an adult programme. Each intensive group programme specifically draws from mindfulness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy principles, which equip patients with the necessary tools to transform their lives.
In January 2018 Dr Carin Bester and Dr Vanessa Marais established a group practice at RustenVrede called Psychology@RustenVrede, providing psychotherapy to in- and out-patients. Aiming to provide a specialised service to our patients, a carefully selected group of experienced psychologists were then selected to form part of the group practice.