Trauma comes in many shapes and sizes, and a troubled society like that of South Africa is home to countless incidents that immerse families into the painful repercussions brought on by the experience of trauma. We believe in the healing graces of God through the ministry of the Church and our personal spiritual lives. Certain traumatic realities, however, require specialised assistance from professionals in the trauma counselling field.
Start with your parish. Approach your priest to start off your journey with prayer and discernment. If specialised assistance is needed, your priest might refer you to a parish-based counsellor or an external counsellor. He might also refer you to a specialised ministry or program.
Marie-Anne Te Brake
Happy wife of 41 years, mother of 4, grandmother to 8 and spiritual mother to many. Experience rolls from the early 1990’s when I trained as an HIV/AIDS educator and counsellor. Since the early 2000’s Marie-Anne has been involved in Sexuality education in schools and churches with both adults and youth. This led to further counselling training for individuals and couples.
She is a member of CPSC and am Supervised by St John Counseling Services which falls under ACRP (Association of Christian Religious Practitioners.
From 2011 – 2020 she headed up the Foundation for the Person and the Family whose activities revolved around spreading the good news of St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
In 2021 she set up T.A.P (Talk About Porn South Africa) to provide resources and links and create awareness around the topic of Pornography and it’s impact on children, spouses, marriages and society as a whole. She currently focusses on Betrayal Trauma for partners/spouses of sex/porn addicts.
Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.
Contact Marie-Anne for a confidential chat: 078 534 0386
FAMSA is a non-profit organization providing vital services to persons in the family also provide them with psychosocial and emotional support. FAMSA has been in existence since 1954. Our Centres have passionate team of caring, Counselling, Educational, Remedial and Child Social Workers and Counsellor’s to help you and /or your family. We offer a combination of Individual (Adult and Child), Couple, and Family counselling and assessment at affordable rates.
The Marriage & Family Institute SA
The Marriage and family Institute exists to offer educational and therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families, including children, who are pained by the anomalies and disappointments in life towards self-mastery, healthy ad effective relations within couples and families.
The Marriage and Family Institute of South Africa places great value on the wellbeing of individuals, marriages, and families, including children. We are committed to provide services to enhance the quality of relationships at every level of human interaction.