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Licensed practitioners are associated with us and actively use our methodology with their clients

Who are they?

Sensory Intelligence® Licensed Practitioners are a group of associates who are licensed to use our material and tools in their respective fields of work. These professionals have completed our Comprehensive Practitioners Course, have a solid background in human sciences and work in collaboration with us.

They typically work in mental and physical healthcare-, training and development-, therapy-, coaching- and/or counselling industries.

Jonas Occupational Therapists

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist

Area: South Africa: Gauteng

Contact: +27725139876

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: Adult assessment and consulting, Stress management, Health & wellbeing, Vocational rehabilitation, Work-life balance, Return to work intervention.

The team at Jonas Occupational Therapists collectively is skilled in different techniques, and they love to use these to help people to thrive, find themselves, be authentic and love themselves.

 

They are a group of OT’s that love working with people and are inspired by people.  They believe in the principle of doing, being and becoming, therefore their therapy is practical and interactive.

Work4Life

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist

Area: South Africa: Gauteng

Contact: +27114213190

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: Adult assessment and consulting, Stress management, Health & wellbeing, Vocational rehabilitation, Work-life balance, Return to work intervention.

Occupational therapy is carried out in individual and group therapy settings and utilises a variety of activities to enable clients to learn, practice and master skills.

 

They also believe that preventing and managing mental illness is key to keeping clients at work. Therefore, they present workshops on topics such as stress management, conflict resolution, boundaries and personality styles and communication.

 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS:

Keri-Lee Roebert: 083 533 8672

Nadia Joubert: 083 343 2753

Roanne Muller : 082 775 6722

Ida Doyer

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Corporate wellness, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist, Workplace design

Area: South Africa: Gauteng

Contact: +27839483628

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: Sensory processing, Adult- & family assessment and consulting, Adult ADHD & concentration difficulties, Leadership, Stress management, Health & wellbeing, Work space design, Work-life balance.

Ida has been working in the field of paediatric sensory integration since qualifying in 1998 as an Occupational Therapist. To her, sensory integration is the most powerful and addictive tool to achieve emotional and social wellbeing. Owning a thriving private practice for almost 15 years has embedded a daily sense of awe for Ida regarding powerful bottom-up sensory strategies in both the individual and group setting.

 

She completed a M.Phil in Industrial Psychology in 2005 and has always been interested in working in adult mental health and corporate wellness. Overwhelmed and stressed parents as well as adolescent siblings of children seen in her practice are often on the verge of burn-out and have benefitted from sensory assessment and sensory self-management.

 

Her own bottom-up strategies include napping, training, spicy foods, her well-worn tracksuit with a hot water bottle, as well as vigilantly guarding her need for silence at the end of a long day.

 

Ida believes that we all need the empowering wisdom of understanding our unique sensory assessment.

 

“If anything makes me tick, it is to establish meaningful relationships and equipping people to self-regulate and function at full throttle; and having fun while they’re at it.”

Johanita Sauerman

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Corporate wellness, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist, Workplace design

Area: South Africa: Secunda

Contact: +27794487662

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: Adult assessment and consulting, Mental health adults & adolescents, Adult ADHD & concentration difficulties, Vocational rehabilitation, Return to work integration, Fitness to drive assessments, Health and wellbeing, Stress management, Work-life balance, Work space design, Neurodiversity

The OT team at Johanita Sauerman Occupational Therapists are dynamic, diverse and highly skilled to attend to our clients’ specific needs.

 

We believe in a holistic and quality care approach, and provide a variety of services to address a client’s individual needs i.e. providing individual- or group therapy in order to maintain a client’s wellbeing and quality of life. We are invested to assist with the return-to-work process, vocational rehabilitation and other rehabilitation for our clients.

 

“At our practice, we aim to really listen to our clients. We walk the extra mile in helping our clients achieve their independence and quality of life, applying a variety of practical tools and skills. At the end of therapy, we will not only help you put on your dancing shoes but also teach you how to dance to your life song.”

Elsa Coetzee

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Occupational therapist, Teacher & Parent support

Area: South Africa: Gauteng

Contact: +27711521903

Email: [email protected]

Special Focus Areas: Sensory processing, Mental health adolescents and adolescent assessment and consulting

Molly Elsa Coetzee grew up as a dreamer to change the world by helping others to find the best version of themselves. Her dream paved the way to a career in occupational therapy. She obtained her B.Occ Ther in 1999 at The University of the Free State. She has been working for more than 20 years in different settings : department of health and education (special needs). She is passionate about empowering young adults with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities to become independent members of society. She has a special interest in equipping teenagers and young adults with coping strategies and life skills to successfully transition into adulthood. She completed the Sensory Intelligence course in 2020. She recently started a part-time private practice for ages – teenagers, young adults, educators and parents.

Liz Dobbins

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Coach, Mental health & Wellbeing, Teacher & Parent support

Area: United States of America: Kansas

Contact: +17853120314

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: ICF Professional Certified Coach, Sensory processing, Adult assessment and consulting, Health and wellbeing, Stress management, Work-life balance, Leadership, Human Body Intelligence, Somatic Awareness and Integration, Leadership, Assessment and Executive Consulting

Liz Dobbins, is the founder and CEO of Propelogy and has shared her cutting-edge programs and inspirational messages with countless audiences worldwide through Universities, Businesses, Wellness Conferences, Empowerment stages and Leadership Retreats.

Professional Certified Coach with Sensory and Cultural Intelligence accreditations focused on accelerating your potential. Having been an educator, high performance coach, and consultant for more than 30 + years, she integrates the power of human body intelligence into her coaching methods to support her clients in a holistic approach to the results they desire. She is a published author with domain expertise in how your sensory systems influence your behaviour and outcomes. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) with accreditations in Sensory Intelligence and Cultural Intelligence based in neuroscience. Ultimately, she envisions a world where people are able to connect with their bodies and minds by utilizing movement and Sensory and Cultural Intelligence to improve their life experience in any situation. Together with her clients, she establishes a strong and trusting partnership that fosters accountability, wellness, growth, and sustainable high performance. It is her objective to help her clients gain clarity about their most important goals, identify what stands in their way, and develop a customized action plan with tools that best support their unique gifts and align with their sensory systems. She incorporates self-awareness and inquiry with her clients to empower them to fully own their dreams and goals while enjoying the journey to achieving them.

 

Jeanette Wolfe

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Corporate wellness, Psychologist, Workplace design

Area: United States of America: New Jersey

Contact: +17324066865

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: Sensory processing, Adult assessment and consulting, Family group assessment and consulting, Adult ADHD & concentration difficulties, Alzheimer and dementia care settings, Adolescent assessment and consulting, Return to work integration, Health and wellbeing, Stress management, Work-life balance, Neurodiversity, Work space design, Organisational and people development, Leadership

Jeanette is a leading expert in driving organizational, community, and individual wellbeing.
She is a sought-after facilitator, producer, and well-being entrepreneur with clients ranging from Fortune-500 companies, world-class brands, social and environmental nonprofits, and underserved communities.

Jeanette contributes to industry leaders such as Related, Hudson Yards, The Bronx Terminal Market, Johnson and Johnson, Novo Nordisk, The Girls Scouts of America, The United Nations, Missoni, West Point Stevens, Waldorf Schools, Ralph Lauren, and Martha Stewart, Parkmerced, Maximus Real Estate Partners, Credit Suisse, Toblerone and more.
She’s mentored hundreds of thousands of students, including high-integrity CEOs, Venture Capitalists, entrepreneurs, business owners, educators, learning facilities and C-suite executives globally.

A personal note from Jeanette:

“My company Planet Apothecary LLC is a multidisciplinary creative trend consultancy focused on human health and behavior through Sensory Design and DNA IT.
We deliver research, insight, intimate ergonomic and health direction which we have come to call “Whole Being”.
We work with a broad range of clients from across all lifestyle industries. Planet Apothecary provides bespoke Sensory Design profiles which are the blueprint for “Whole BEING Customized Consultancy” for individuals, families, corporations, convention centers, retailers, municipalities as well as learning institutions and clinical settings.
We are dedicated to innovations in sense-stimuli that provide soothing properties with emotional and functional benefits that enhance Whole Being.”

Divergent Life

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Coach, Mental health & Wellbeing, Psychologist, Teacher & Parent support

Area: United Kingdom

Contact: +447708846515

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: Sensory processing, Adult assessment and consulting, mental health adults, mental health adolescents, adult ADHD & concentration difficulties, adult ASD (autism spectrum disorders), adolescent assessment and consulting, health and wellbeing, stress management, neurodiversity

Divergent Life is a neuro-affirming service that offers assessment, diagnosis, coaching and therapy for those who are neurodivergent. Sensory Intelligence® is an integral aspect of their assessment and coaching work.

Emma Offord (founder of Divergent Life) is a registered Clinical Psychologist specialising in Neurodiversity. This includes Autism Spectrum Condition, ADHD, OCD and trauma experiences.

Jolene Ironside (Co-founder of Divergent Life) is a registered Integrative Counsellor, ADHD, Yoga and Mindfulness Coach.  Specialising in teenagers and Adolescents.

The main focus of Divergent Life’s work is to enable clients to better understand themselves and to support them in designing their life in such a way that they can thrive and achieve mental health.

Divergent Life is based in  the UK and work is predominantly online or in schools.

Rianda du Preez

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Coach, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist

Area: United Kingdom: Scotland

Contact: +447543255931

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: Sensory processing, Mental health adolescents, Adolescent assessment and consulting, Health and wellbeing, Stress management, Work-life balance

Rianda is an Occupational Therapist (35 years) with extensive experience in Mental health in SA, Botswana, and currently Scotland. She qualified as a transformational coach in 2018 (through ANIMAS UK) and loves using the combination of OT with a coaching approach.

Rianda lives in the Scottish Borders and specializes in: Assessment and treatment of Adolescents with ADHD, ASD Depression/low mood, Anxiety, Anger issues, Absenteeism, Distress at school. She also provides support to teachers and parents.

Helen Gatley

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist

Area: South Africa: KwaZulu Natal

Contact: +27728976249

Email: [email protected]

Special Focus Areas: Adult assessment and consulting, Family group assessment and consulting, Mental Health Adults, Adult ADHD & concentration difficulties, Alzheimer and dementia care settings, Health and wellbeing, Work-life balance.

Helen has a strong interest in holistically focussed therapy that sees people meet their own life goals and functional achievements. She is passionate about continuing to grow in her understanding of neuroscience in particular to help her clients and so take into account factors such as a history of trauma, sensory processing, environmental influencers and relational dynamics among others during her work. She also has a special interest in helping people recover from or live through serious injury or disability including the management of conditions where chronic pain has developed. She believes deeply in the importance of mental health across the life span and so also works in the area of palliative care. She works with individuals as well as groups.

Lauren van Gelder

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist

Area: South Africa: Gauteng

Contact: +27833151418

Email: [email protected]

Special Focus Areas: Sensory processing, Adult assessment and consulting, Mental Health Adults, Mental Health Adolescents, Adult ADHD & concentration difficulties, Adolescent assessment and consulting, Health and wellbeing, Stress management, Work-life balance, Neurodiversity

Lauren has spent over ten years of her career as an Occupational Therapist working in the field of mental health with adolescents and adults. She is inspired by witnessing transformation in individuals. She enjoys bringing science and creativity together to assist individuals with experiencing personal growth through the use of interventions which develop skills in order to increase quality of life. She is passionate about helping individuals to see that they have the power to self-regulate by implementing simple and practical sensory strategies.

Amanda Oosthuizen

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist

Area: South Africa: Worcester

Contact: +27826115266

Email: [email protected]

Special Focus Areas: Sensory processing, Adult assessment and consulting, Mental Health Adults, Mental Health Adolescents, Health and wellbeing, Stress management, Work-life balance

Amanda is a qualified occupational therapist with a special interest in mental health of adolescents and adults. She enjoys working with groups, teaching life skills and also does individual therapy. She believes in a holistic approach and provides a variety of services to address the client’s needs. Her aim is to empower clients to manage their illness in order to better their quality of life and reach their true potential in their personal life and work/learning environment. The latest tool she added to her toolbox was the Sensory Matrix™. A tool that will help clients to understand their own thresholds in order to increase their productivity, health and well-being and help them to have more fulfilling relationships.

Ashleigh Ashworth

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Coach, Mental health & Wellbeing

Area: South Africa: Gauteng

Contact: +27721154160

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: Sensory processing, Adult assessment & consulting, Mental Health Adults, Mental Health Adolescents, Adult ADHD & concentration difficulties, Adolescent assessment and consulting, Vocational rehabilitation, Return to work integration, Health and wellbeing, Stress management, Work-life balance.

Ashleigh is an occupational therapist with experience in both the public and private mental health sectors encompassing a diverse range of diagnoses. Whilst working at Weskoppies hospital, she developed a passion for advocating for those with mental illness particularly in the workplace. This sparked her further studies in vocational rehabilitation and sensory intelligence. She is currently working in private practice at Oxford Healthcare Centre working with both the adult and adolescent program at The Day Clinic. In her private practice, she conducts Psychiatric Functional Capacity Evaluations, sensory assessments and provides both individual and group occupational therapy. She strives to provide client centred and holistic therapy ensuring that all aspects of her clients occupational well-being are considered. Together with the client, she endeavours to create occupational balance to allow her clients to live a more meaningful life while fulfilling the necessary roles at home and at work.

Tia Steyn Consulting

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Corporate wellness, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist

Area: Canada

Contact: +1(250)309-5324

Email: [email protected]

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Special focus areas: Sensory processing, Adult assessment and consulting, Mental Health Adults, Mental Health Adolescents, Adult ADHD & concentration difficulties, Return to work integration, Health and wellbeing, Stress management

Tia Steyn Consulting is based in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. Tia’s 25 year long career path as an occupational therapist has travelled through public, private, military and academic settings in both South Africa and Canada. Her experience has culminated in a focus on mental health and wellness. She started studying sensory modulation for adults in 2017 and has since witnessed how impactful this simple intervention can be when helping clients to function optimally in their daily lives, especially to manage stress and anxiety in daily activity. She carefully considers the person, activity and environment in her assessments and interventions, and offers a combination of approaches tailored for each individual or organization, to help them reach their personal or organizational goals. Training, membership and certifications include: B. Occupational Therapy (Stellenbosch University) PG Dip Hand Therapy (University of Pretoria) Licensed with COTBC (College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia) as Martha Steyn Member of CAOT (Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists) & CAOT-BC PGAP® (Progressive Goal Attainment Program) practitioner Sensory Intelligence® practitioner Certified PE (Prolonged Exposure) therapist Certified Urban Poling® instructor PRT (Pain Reprocessing Therapy) practitioner Continued professional development in ergonomics, chronic pain management, CBT, ACT and more

Agathe Lazaro Sensory Design Consultancy

Speciality: Workplace design

Area: Australia: Victoria

Contact: +61458615634

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: Sensory processing, Adult assessment and consulting, Work space design

Agathe Lazaro has worked for 30 years in the design industry, creating extraordinary retail environments, private interiors, fashion and home collections in France, India and Australia. Agathe’s unique creative intelligence and rejection of “style recipes” has led her to collaborate with design leaders, including Rajeev Sethi, Francis Wacgziarg, Aman Resorts, Sir Terence Conran, Agnès Comar, Tsé & Tsé associées and Alan Bilzerian. She is also the creator of La Maison Rose in Pondicherry, India, which has cult status as a retail concept store and has been featured in The World of Interiors.

In 2023, Agathe established a design practice based on Sensory Intelligence® Consulting in Australia. Collaborating with architects, interior designers, businesses, event producers and private clients, her design service takes a human-centred, sensory approach to designing and realising environments of enhanced beauty and style that promote productivity, respect, psychological safety, and evidence-based design strategies for deep well-being.

During the COVID-19 lockdowns, Agathe’s passion for a deeper understanding of how humans interact and experience the spaces around them led her to study with pioneers in intuitive intelligence, nervous system polyvagal theory, biophilic principles and sensory design. She has weaved together her unique interior design experience with advanced qualifications in sensory processing to create a new kind of design practice.

Through diagnostics and sensory maps, using Sensory Intelligence® Consulting, Agathe works with architects, interior designers and other creatives to support strategic decisions around colour, materials, soft furnishings and all aspects of the architectural/Interior experience and ergonomics. Her designs truly connect to the senses and fulfil the intention and purpose of the space. “I am driven by the desire to create the experience of beauty with our unique biology as its revolving centre.”

Early projects include re/designing home workspaces and virtual meeting/mise-en-scène backdrops and assisting clients with creative briefs for architects and interior designers. After her sensory diagnostics, clients find it much easier to consolidate decisions and complete project briefs, avoiding issues, delays and costs further down the building/design process. With each commission, Agathe’s goal is to bring a human-centred approach to all architecture and design: “so the environments we create to support our nervous system, ultimately creating spaces that heal, nurture, inspire happiness and expand our selves.

Bronwyn Paynter

Speciality: Coach, Corporate wellness, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist

Area: South Australia: Adelaide

Contact: +61412404700

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: Return to work integration, Health and wellbeing, Stress management, Organisational and people development.

Bronwyn helps occupational therapists create nature based services, where the sensory lens helps explain the benefits for our nervous system in being outdoors. Bronwyn is also passionate about creating healthy, safe and engaging spaces and designing corporate wellbeing strategy that focuses on the organisation, team and individual.

Anneke Venter Occupational Therapy

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Corporate wellness, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist

Area: South Africa: Cape Town

Contact: +27615263912

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: Sensory processing, Adult assessment and consulting, Mental Health Adults, Mental Health Adolescents, Family Wellness, Adult ADHD & concentration difficulties, Optimising work function, Health and well-being, Stress management and Work-life balance.

Anneke has worked as an Occupational Therapist, in the field of adult mental health and wellbeing. The diagnoses that she treats are depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar mood disorder, ADHD, OCD, substance use disorder and neurodiversity. For most of her career she worked in work rehabilitation and return to work for adults on incapacity leave due to mental health challenges. In Anneke’s own practice, that she opened in 2024, she focusses firstly on preventing mental illness in adults and older adolescents (16 years+). She is also passionate about assisting families to cope with the demands of life.

 

For adults and older teens who have already burned out or are diagnosed with a mental illness, Anneke provides holistic support to help them restore their function in all their life areas.

 

Anneke’s approach is eclectic and she tailors her intervention to best fit the clients she works with. Apart from Sensory Intelligence®, she also makes use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Biofeedback to teach coping skills. Anneke also employs principles from a wide array of CPD courses she attended in CBT, Narrative Therapy, Art Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and ERGO-Wise.

Suzaan Soekoe

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Coach, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist, Teacher & Parent support

Area: South Africa: Hermanus

Contact: +270824490077

Email: [email protected]

Special Focus Areas: Sensory processing, Adult assessment and consulting, Family group assessment and consulting, Adolescent assessment and consulting, Health and wellbeing, Stress management, Work-life balance

Suzaan is an occupational therapist, with an interest in sensory processing (Sensory Intelligence® Consulting Licensed User) and a COMENSA registered life coach. She is passionate about consulting, training and equipping adults, teens, parents, couples and teachers with knowledge that gives them a deeper understanding of themselves and the people around them. She believes having insight and being able to identify ones own needs is such a powerful tool to help people thrive in their unique day-to-day life context. It is also such an important part when it comes to interpersonal relationships, whether between parent and baby, parent and child (whether toddler, scholar or teenager), couples as well as friendships. It gives her such pleasure to help people understand themselves better and to find practical and evidence-based solutions for a more balanced life that gives them meaning and ensures a better quality of life.

Tanya Muir

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Corporate wellness, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist, Teacher & Parent support

Area: South Africa: Gauteng

Contact: +27722216121

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: Adult assessment and consulting, Mental Health Adults, Mental Health Adolescents, Adolescent assessment and consulting, Health and wellbeing, Stress management, Work-life balance.

Tanya Muir is an OT based in JHB. She runs a private practice consulting for individuals, groups and corporates. She offers services in mental health and sleep disorders, as well as, training on sleep health for various groups. She uses Sensory Intelligence as part of her assessments and interventions while consulting at The Day Clinic in Rosebank.

Mariaan Jacklin

Speciality: Adult & Adolescent, Mental health & Wellbeing, Occupational therapist

Area: South Africa: Cape Town

Contact: +27 0717904450

Email: [email protected]

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Special Focus Areas: Mental Health Adults, Mental Health Adolescents, Adult ADHD & concentration difficulties, Adult ASD (autism spectrum disorders Vocational rehabilitation, Return to work integration,Health and wellbeing and Stress management

Mariaan Jacklin OT Inc is an occupational therapy practice based in Cape Town. We are passionate about adult and adolescent mental health, group therapy, substance use treatment and vocational rehabilitation. Our services include functional evaluations, case management, return to work intervention and workplace adaptations. We use the Sensory Intelligence® tools to assist individuals and groups in navigating their sensory needs, at home, school and at work. We believe in practical, achievable treatment goals, that empower and support our clients in building a life worth living.

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