About Us

Dr Carla Winter

heart Dr. Carla Winter holds a masters- and a doctorate degree in (Social work) Play therapy. She attained her doctorate degree in September 2003 from the University of Pretoria. Throughout her studies and work life dr. Winter has done various courses in trauma counselling and other counselling courses.

heart Dr. Winter has experience in working with juvenile delinquents and traumatised children. She has also worked at the University of Pretoria from January 1999 until December 2003 as a tutor; research assistant and technical assistant and has gained experience in supervising play therapy students and in part-time lecturing. Throughout this time she was involved in counselling children and adults in part time private practice. She gained valuable experience in play therapy with traumatised children while working at the Inner City Trauma Therapy Centre (METT Centre) from November 2000 until April 2002 and again from January 2004 until December 2004.

heart Her research for her doctorate degree was conducted with single-parent children from the inner city schools in a group-work context. From January 2005 until December 2011 dr. Winter worked as a play therapist at the Child Trauma Clinic in Garsfontein, Pretoria. The practice dealt with traumatised children as a result of hi-jacking; divorce; hospitalisation; death in the family; molestation; scholastic problems and much more. In that time she attended training courses in regards to Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar depression(during which she was also a presenter), ADD/ADHD, Bullying and many more.

heart From January 2012 she started her own private practice with collegue, Merle Woudstra in Lyttleton Centurion. We work with children from 2-18 years and specialize in play therapy for divorce, post traumatic stress symptoms, ADHD, self-image strengthening, anxiety, depression, bipolar depression and social and emotional skills especially for ADD/ADHD and gifted children.


Merle Woudstra

heart I obtained my degree in Social Work at the University of Johannesburg in 1997. I then obtained my Honours in Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch in 1998.

heart I started my career off at the Perspective Counseling Clinic and Mid City Trauma Therapy Center. I did individual therapy and group work with children who were traumatised. The cases consisted of problems related to: low self-esteem, bereavement, divorce and separation, fear, relational problems, anger and aggression issues. A lot of the children were subject to sexual, emotional, physical and verbal abuse, and physical and emotional neglect. I also provided parental guidance on developmental needs of children, discipline, boundaries, nurturing, attachment, communication styles, communication of emotions, problem solving, encouragement and family strengths. Over the years, I attended numerous courses regarding child development, trauma and play therapy.

heart In 2004, I registered as a Social Worker in Private Practice where I continued my work with traumatised children in my own practice. I specialised in play therapy and provided parental guidance.

heart In 2007, I moved to the UK and worked there as a Social Worker for three and a half years. I worked in a team that focused mainly on crisis intervention and child protection matters, i.e. statutory intervention, neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, fabricating illness, mental health, asylum issues, child trafficking, HIV/AIDS, alcohol and drug dependency. I then moved on to a specialist team working with adoption. I placed children (including relinquished children) who were in foster care with adopters ensuring that their cultural, educational, social and health needs were met before and after placement with adopters.

heart From January 2012, I started my own private practice with collegue, Carla Winter in Lyttleton Centurion. We work with children from 2-18 years and specialize in play therapy for divorce, post traumatic stress symptoms, ADHD, self-image strengthening, anxiety, depression, bipolar depression and social and emotional skills especially for ADD/ADHD and gifted children.