“Some really deep soul-searching, but it was done in as gentle and accepting, non-judgmental way as possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I feel that this is a turning-point for me.”

“Amazing, gentle and supportive space facilitated professionally. The workshop was enjoyable and real. Thank you.”

“Every time I attend a workshop or lecture here, I learn more about myself and how to become a better me!”


“What a lovely space! This has been absolutely life-changing. I have found me again.”

“Seeking help here was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has undoubtedly changed my life in so many ways.”

Prospect Hill is a Cape Town-based counselling services collective of a group of highly-experienced and diverse practitioners. We have a multi-disciplinary team that aims to address a vast spectrum of out-patient therapeutic needs. We strive to contribute to the provision of affordable, accessible support in the recovery from addiction, self-defeating behaviours, mood disorders, trauma and loss.

Frances Ward, Registered Counsellor/ TRE provider/ Director

Frances's attention to the whole person is integral to her holistic mind-body approach along with her ability to genuinely connect with her clients.

Tel: 082 099 1830

Email Frances

Desiree-Anne Martin, Addiction Counsellor/ Director

I offer individual and family counselling for adolescents and adults, to assist in overcoming self-defeating behaviours and addictions, using an approach that is goal-oriented, candid and compassionate.

Tel: 071 84 1111 8

Email Desiree-Anne

Mark Emmerich, Recovery & Addiction Counsellor/ Registered Social Worker/ Director

I am a specialist addiction and recovery counsellor, with a special interest in sex and love addictions. I readily give talks and lectures on a variety of recovery and addiction related topics.

Tel: 082 341 1963

Email Mark

Bobby Jean-Jacques, Recovery Coach/ Director

I partner with people to strengthen their recovery, overcome inner and outer obstacles, inspire personal growth and to discover personally relevant ways to live a life free of compulsive relationships with substances or behaviour.

Tel: 076 999 3848

Email Bobby

Jean Dixon, Counsellor/ Registered Nurse/ Director

I believe that CHANGE is possible. I am passionate about offering support while exploring options & exercising choices that come with CHANGE to find a fuller and more colourful life.

Tel: 073 875 0365

Email Jean

Katy Menell, Registered Counsellor/ Director

I am passionate about supporting people to connect to their body, heart, mind and relationships as resources for recovery, growth and change.

Tel: 083 285 2710

Email Katy

Romey Russel, Psychotherapist/ Director

I have three decades experience; my passion and expertise includes working with mood/ anxiety disorders; substance use and co-occurring disorders, process addictions, adolescent turmoil/ identity struggles, bereavement and other major psychiatric illnesses.

Tel: 082 485 9371

Email Romey

Penelope Garden, Counsellor/ Director

I have been working in the counselling field for the last 12 years and started in private practice five years ago. I designed and ran a successful family program and have a special interest in working with families and codependency. I believe that changing one person in the family system powerfully changes its whole nature and respect the enormous courage it takes to start this process.

Tel: 073 786 6781

Email Penelope

We aim to create environments that foster discovery, development and growth. By recognising and utilising available resources, we collaborate to realise the highest human potential in our clients, colleagues and ourselves.

For current news about what’s happening at Prospect Hill this month, read our blog and events board.

heart from seedsEmbracing our vulnerabilities is risky, but not nearly as risky as giving up on love and belonging and joy.

– Brené Brown

Our vision is that affordable, accessible support in achieving freedom from addictive and other self-defeating behaviours, is available for all.

We contribute to this by providing the following services:


Counselling available to anyone affected by self-defeating behaviour, trauma or loss.

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Therapeutic Groups

A range of therapeutic groups are available that offer safe, communal spaces that support healing and growth.

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Personal development

We offer workshops and short courses that explore a range of topics relevant to self-development and personal growth.

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Professional Development

Professional development to enhance capacity to manage self-defeating behaviours effectively in the workplace.

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Addiction and its Effect
Addiction is a compulsive self-defeating behaviour involving an all-consuming relationship with a mood- altering chemical, person or activity that has debilitating consequences. 

Chemical addictions may include alcohol, street drugs (such as tic, heroin, crack, cocaine, marijuana) or prescription medication (such as codeine, morphine, pethidine, benzodiazapines). Process addictions may include sex, love, codependency, eating, gambling, work, social networking and gaming.

You don’t have to be in active addiction to suffer from addiction.

Addiction not only affects the addict/ user but a network of others connected to them. Family members, friends, work colleagues, employers and employees also suffer from the debilitating and progressive effects of addiction and codependency eg. ‘adult children of addicts or alcoholics’ (ACOA) who have grown up in homes where there is addiction.

Recovery is possible for anyone affected by addiction in the past or present.

December 2019 Newsletter.

The risks of intimacy and sexual relationships in early recovery. The following is an attempt to explore the risks of intimacy and sexual relationships in early recovery. Admittedly, my focus is quite narrow, in that I’m exploring the role that new relationships play in contributing to relapse, and why addicts in early recovery should approach intimate relationships with […]

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Change Is OUR Responsibility!

KIDS TRE ® project in local Cape Town township. Our country has been facing painful truths over the past few weeks about the extent of gender-based violence and ongoing xenophobic attacks. At Prospect Hill, we join with those who stand against this violence and its effects. We support working together to counter these and to […]

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Addiction is a Family Illness.

“The family is often the weakest link and the strongest catalyst for recovery.”

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