Dr Simone Honikman
Director & Founder
Simone is a medical doctor with extensive experience working within the public sector in women’s health, both as a clinician and as a service manager. She founded the PMHP in response to the significant unmet need for maternal mental health within an overstretched public health care system. Her postgraduate qualifications include a Masters degree in Maternal and Child Health. Her work philosophy includes the development of sustainable services for integration within the public health system. Emphasis is placed on preventative interventions and the development of social capital among staff and communities. Dr Honikman is a regular teacher and trainer in the health care community, employing interactive techniques that utilise health workers’ experiences for self-reflection. She has two daughters. Simone was awarded an Ashoka “Making More Health” social innovation fellowship in 2014. See her fellowship profile here.
Sally Field completed a BA in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Cape Town and an Honours Degree in Psychology at Rhodes University. She obtained an MA in Video for Development through the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, focusing on participatory practices for development. Her experiences range from film-making to advocacy and development work in rural Sri Lanka. Sally joined the PMHP as Project Coordinator in 2005, responsible for overall coordination and management of the Project’s four programmes. With a particular interest in health systems development, she designed PMHP’s service development and implementation protocols, as well as its rigorous monitoring, evaluation and data management frameworks.
Sarah is a medical doctor, who qualified as a psychiatrist from the University of Cape Town in 2003. She has a particular interest in women’s mental health, especially during the perinatal period. Her work also encompasses eating disorders, anxiety, mood disorders and depression. Sarah joined the PMHP in 2005. She is a mother to two sons, and enjoys running and cycling in her spare time.
Clinical Supervisor for Psychologist (Clinical Services Coordinator)
Justine has been in practice as a clinical psychologist for more than 10 years. She worked as a trainer at The Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture in Cape Town, and in the National Health Service in Scotland as a primary health clinical psychologist. Since becoming a mother in 2002, she has worked part-time in private practice. She provides training and supervision to clinical psychology masters students, assisted in the foundation and directorship of the Institute for Mindfulness South Africa, and helped to develop classes for pregnant women and their partners through the organisation Mama Bamba. She has a particular interest in perinatal mental health, and is a mother of two.
Mental Health Officer
Liesl joined the PMHP in October 2011 as part of the Hanover Park research team, having completed her psychology internship in Hanover Park through CASE (Community Action towards a Safer Environment). She holds an Honours degree in Psychology (2007) from the University of the Western Cape and is an HPCSA registered counsellor. From 2007 to 2010, Liesl served as a counsellor at the National Responsible Gambling Programme providing support to people with gambling problems and their family members. She was a school counsellor at St Anthony’s Primary School before joining the PMHP. Returning to work in the community of Hanover Park after her internship placement appealed to Liesl, and her familiarity with the particular challenges faced by this community adds enormous value to the PMHP study located here. Liesl is a Capetonian and has a son.
Mental Health Officer
Before training as a counsellor Antoinette was a staff nurse in maternity care, and worked at False Bay Hospital. Her understanding of the needs and pressures of other staff has helped her to find ways of integrating mental health care into the work of the whole staff team. She enjoys working for the PMHP as she supports what it stands for – creating a positive future – and because it has rigorous systems to deliver on its commitments.
Charlotte Mande Ilunga
Mental Health Officer
Charlotte joined our team in May 2010. She brings with her a wealth of experience as both a health worker and counsellor. Charlotte, a nurse by profession, was the head of a rural maternity unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is herself a survivor of the war in her country and has identified the overwhelming need of women refugees “to talk to someone”. Having lived in South Africa for 10 years, Charlotte has actively addressed the needs of displaced women: she has trained as a counsellor since 2001 and worked with HIV/AIDS NGOs where she has worked specifically with women. Charlotte expands the language capacity of PMHP with French, Swahili, Lingala and Kiluba. She is married and a mother to two sons and two daughters.
Clinical Services Coordinator
Bronwyn brings 20 years of experience in Clinical Psychology to her role as PMHP Clinical Services Coordinator. She has worked in private practice, NGO’s as well as healthcare clinics in Canada and The Netherlands. In addition to her work with the PMHP, Bronwyn maintains a part-time private practice. and provides staff mentoring for the City of Cape Town. Her areas of interest include perinatal issues, adult individual and couple therapy. Bronwyn is a member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the Cape Town Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
Dr Zulfa Abrahams
Zulfa Abrahams holds a BSc (Dietetics) degree from the University of the Western Cape. Her postgraduate qualifications include an MPH (Epidemiology) and a PhD (Medicine) from the University of Cape Town. Her experience in research was gained during her time working at the Medical Research Council where she worked on a school-based health intervention and at the Human Sciences Research Council where she worked on the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES). Her PhD thesis is titled: Metabolic complications resulting from the use of antiretroviral therapy in HIV infected patients. She joined the PMHP in January 2017.
Training and Development Officer
Roseanne is a nurse and midwife who holds an MSc (Critical Care Nursing) from UCT and a post graduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) from Stellenbosch University, and has been working in the development sector for 5 years. Roseanne is a registered nurse educator and has been involved in post-basic nursing and health care training for 15 years. Roseanne has one daughter and 2 dogs.
Communications and Advocacy Officer
Rita has spent the last 13 years living and working in the areas of strategic communication, public & donor relations, advocacy and social mobilization in Asia and the Middle East. Working as a consultant, she raised funds for the United Nation in Thailand, implemented an election awareness campaign in Afghanistan, as well as raised funds and managed an intercultural dance and theatre project in India. She has also worked in the NGO, private and governmental sector in Cambodia, Tanzania and Germany. She officially joined the PMHP team in January 2014.
Thanya joined our team as an Administration Assistant after spending 8 years as a Personal Assistant in the Family Law Department of a corporate law firm. She holds a diploma in Office and Business Administration from Montrose Business College and is currently studying towards a BAppSocSci degree at the South African College of Applied Psychology, where she attends classes in the evening. In her spare time, Thanya loves reading Jeffrey Archer novels and from time to time, she dabbles in creative writing competitions.
Godfrey is responsible for the garden at our Hanover Park service site. He has built and loved our garden since it was a sand pit at the launch in 2012. Since then, the garden has become a favourite among the nurses and staff for their lunch breaks.
Godfrey has lived all his life in Hanover Park and is very active in his community.
Support Group Facilitator
Kate is a professional counsellor, with a focus on Loss & Bereavement. Kate practiced in the field of one on one counseling for several years. She has had extensive experience in group facilitation and is particularly passionate about this work. Kate is also a Laughter Yoga teacher, using this practice to maintain a balance and joy in life. Further fields of interest and self-development include meditation & mindfulness practice. She lives with her 2 jack russels, fluffy cat & partner in the last village at the end of Africa (Scarborough).
Facilitator & Coach
Trisha is a Coach, Facilitator and Teacher specialising in a body of work called The Thinking Environment. Her work focuses on creating environments in which people are able to understand, learn and practice the behaviour and processes which allow us all to be at our best when thinking, communicating and learning together. She is a member of the Global Time To Think Faculty, and teaches Coaching at the South African College of Applied Psychology. Trisha is also a Doula and is passionate about the possibility of empowerment through the process of labour and birth. Trisha is married, has two teenage sons, four cats and lives near Kommetjie in the Western Cape.