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Ielhaam Petersen Barby

Programme Manager

Ielhaam is a counsellor who has worked in the field of mental health for more than thirteen years and in addiction settings from in-patient primary through to tertiary, outpatient and private counselling.

Her experience spans various roles within the mental health field and has enabled a deep understanding of the client’s individual process – from initial treatment seeking (whether inpatient or out-patient) and the all-consuming fears that go along with this, through to interdependent living and the joys of self-accomplishment.

Ielhaam has extensive experience dealing with addiction in co-occurence with various types of personality disorders, mental disorders and at times, developmental disorders.

In 2011, Ielhaam developed a programme that targeted victims of gender-based violence. The programme focused on self-development, self-esteem and individuation. It was successfully implemented at a shelter for abused women and children. Ielhaam holds a certificate in counselling and communication from the South African College of Applied Psychology, and is more than 16 years sober.



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