"Often it is the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self."

As part of the requirements for completing my Master’s degree, I completed my internship year at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital.  As an intern clinical psychologist, I worked with a team of psychiatrists, occupational therapists and social workers to treat adults and adolescents battling a range of disorders. 


These disorders included: personality disorders, psychotic disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, addictions and sexual disorders.  During my internship, I have practiced and mastered a range of therapeutic modalities, including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Existential Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.

After completing my internship, I commenced with my Community Service year at Kgoši Mampuru II Central and Atteridgeville Correctional Centres. During this year, I continued honing my skills in providing therapy to offenders as part of their rehabilitation programmes. I also performed Forensic risk assessments on selected offenders as part of their rehabilitation to determine eligibility for parole.  For professional development, I completed courses in Ericksonian Hypnosis and Ego State Therapy.

I have an integrative approach to therapy depending on each individual’s or group’s needs.  I therefore glean from various approaches including Psychodynamic Psychoherapy, Parts Psychology, Jungian Psychology, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Emotion Focused Couple Therapy. 


I am planning to further develop specialist skills in Clinical Hypnosis and hope to start a PhD by 2019.

Practise Number: 0722987

HPCSA Number: PS 0134279

Jaco van Zyl Psychologist
  • BSc(Psych)

  • BA(Hons) Psychology

  • MA Clinical Psychology

Publications and Research
  • Van Zyl, J., Nel, K., & Govender, S. (2017). Reparative sexual orientation therapy effects on gay sexual identities. Journal of Psychology in Africa, 27(2), 191-197.

Popular Media
  • De Freitas, L. (2017, October 26).  Grumble, sigh, whinge, moan! Perpetual complainers don't just risk alienation - they also risk their good mental and physical health. You magazine, 52 - 53.