Mental illness is now recognized as one of the most important causes of suffering, disability, loss of income and even loss of life in the modern world. In many countries, suicide has become the leading cause of death in young people. Modern research has proven conclusively that stress, psychological problems and psychiatric illness are major risk factors for other medical conditions, including heart disease and metabolic problems like diabetes. This is in addition to the suffering that people with mental health problems face from day to day, reducing their quality of life and the quality of life of those around them. Although these conditions are, for the largest part treatable,  most people never get effective treatment due to various factors, one of which is stigma.

Governments across the world now recognize the impact of mental health on the general health of the population and are trying to devise means to deal with this problem. In South Africa, a number of psychiatric illnesses, including Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia are included in the package of Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs), which compels medical funders to cover and reimburse for these conditions, at least to some extent.


At the Hafele Street Practice, we deal with a great variety of psychiatric and psychological conditions, and have access to experts in these fields.


Our areas of expertise include:

  • Mood Disorders: in particular Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Neuropsychiatry: The focus here is on the  psychiatric problems associated with neurological conditions such as Traumatic Brain Injury, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and others.
  • Dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Front-temporal Dementia and others
  • ADD / ADHD in children and adults
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress and Burn-out
  • Psychological Assessments over a wide range of areas
  • Career guidance
  • Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders


We do not offer services in the following areas:

  • Addictions
  • Forensic assessments
  • Eating Disorders