Our Story

Siobhán Sweeney (PhD) is a registered psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) practicing in Claremont and Rondebosch, Cape Town.

She attended the University of Cape Town and received her Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours Degree with Distinction before going on to complete her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at Rhodes University, for which she also achieved a distinction. Before opening private practice, Siobhán’s past clinical experience includes the Rhodes Psychology Clinic and the Rhodes University Counselling Centre. Past work experience also includes being involved in clinical research with individuals who suffer from Alzheimer’s and working in the corporate environment offering individual counselling and guidance around social difficulties. While practicing, Siobhán has continued to expand her skills and knowledge by obtaining a diploma in Therapeutic Communication with Children and Adolescents through the Institute of Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy (IPCP) and the Tavistock Clinic in London as well as being awarded her PhD in Psychology, which focuses on Maternal Subjectivity of working mothers in South Africa, through Rhodes University. She is now a Teacher for the IPCP as well as the Course Co-ordinator of the IPCP Child Development Course. She is also a registered Babies in Mind Practitioner, offering both workshops for parents and individual consultations.

In her private practice, Siobhán offers both psychotherapy and assessment to a variety of clients. She believes that individuals have an innate capacity to grow and one can continue to progress along a developmental path by understanding and valuing our vulnerabilities. By working collaboratively in psychotherapy, through exploring one’s internal world and how it relates to the environment, emotional and psychic pain can be acknowledged and desired change brought about. Siobhán is committed to broadening her psychological knowledge and clinical experience by being a member of a number of societies and associations, namely the Cape Town Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CTSPP), the Western Cape Association for Infant Mental Health (WCAIMH), the Cape Town Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Group (CTCAPG), the Institute for Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy, and the South African Psychoanalytic Confederation (SAPC).