Assoc. Prof 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.
Clinical Services consultant
Bronwyn brings more than 20 years of experience in Clinical Psychology to her role as PMHP Clinical Consultant. She works in private practice with adults and is a member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the Cape Town Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
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.
Ndivhudzannyi (Ndi) Mphephu
B Psych practicum student
Ndivhudzannyi is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Psychology degree at the South African College of Applied Psychology. She defines herself as multipassionate and has the vision to use the skills of counselling, group facilitation, project implementation and management, and research, policy development and advocacy to contribute to the broad causes of parenting empowerment, youth empowerment, gender justice, and socioeconomic justice. Ndi enjoys spending time with her daughter, hiking, reading, listening to music and practising mindfulness and yoga. She is in the process of becoming a certified yoga alliance teacher through The Shala, Cape Town School of Yoga.
Strategic communication consultant
Rita has a Masters degree in Applied Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Applied Sciences in Germany. She has worked in the areas of strategic communication, public & donor relations, advocacy and social mobilization in Asia and the Middle East since 2001. Working as a consultant, she raised funds for the United Nation’s World Food Programme in Thailand, implemented an election awareness campaign in Afghanistan, as well as raised funds for 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 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.
Social Media volunteer
Dineo is a journalism and psychology graduate from Rhodes University. Currently based in Pretoria, she has been working in communications in NGO’s and the health industry since 2015. She is also a freelance journalist and digital strategist and also holds a certificate in HIV/AIDS and TB management and counselling as well as her honours in psychology. Her goal is to continue her studies in mental health doing her masters in clinical psychology as well as masters in public health down the road.