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.
Clinical Services consultant
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteers – current & recent
Anne Holbrook McKenna
Anne is a Master of Public Health candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously, she was based in New Delhi and New York, where she worked in advocacy and communications focusing on a variety of global health topics, including nutrition, HIV/AIDS, polio, and neglected tropical diseases. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in psychology, with a secondary degree in Global Health and Health Policy. Anne volunteered remotely with PMHP over several months to research and develop a policy advisory to inform South Africa’s National Maternity Care Guidelines entitled “Screening for Common Perinatal Mental Disorders in South Africa: the need, the research, the tool, let’s do it.” (see director’s note)
Delphine immigrated from Switzerland to South Africa in 1992, seeking adventures at Madadeni hospital, KwaZulu Natal, where she worked as a physiotherapist. In 1995 she moved to Cape Town where she practised physiotherapy in the field of adult and child neuro-rehab, rheumatology and sports rehabilitation for the next 25 years. She completed her MPhil in clinical sports physiotherapy and research-based MSc (med) in exercise science at UCT. She then extended her career to include health coaching by completing her diploma in practitioners coaching (TCC, Cape Town). She now practices integral health coaching independently and in association with TCC. Delphine lives with her family in Cape Town.
Mary graduated from Stanford University in 2014 with a degree in International Relations and a focus in Societal Development and Well-Being. She is currently going into her second year of medical school at Columbia University in New York. At Columbia, she is one of ten members of a student-run clinic serving the uninsured, undocumented and homeless populations of West Harlem. She is interested in public health, women’s health and paediatrics. She joined PMHP from July – September 2017 for an internship in global mental health and presented her work at the Columbia global health symposium after her return. View her presentation here.
Rethabile qualified as a social worker (BSW) from the University of Cape Town in 2015. She has an interest in the field of mental health and employee wellness. She is currently studying towards her Masters degree in Occupational Social Work (part-time) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her MA qualitative research project is looking at the recovery experiences of mental health service users as employees in a psychosocial rehabilitation centre. Her research experience was gained during her time as a data clerk/research assistant at the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) division in the Health Sciences Faculty, University of Cape Town. During her undergraduate social work training, she worked as a school social worker at Norma Road Primary School and as a social work intern at the South African National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (SANCA).
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).