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Annaliese Rix

Psychosocial Counsellor

Specialising in Clinical Social Work

BHF: 0710393; SAASWIPP; SACSSP:1008433; IHRA

Private Practice in Strand, Cape Town.

In-Person and Online Counselling ... from anywhere, anytime... to anywhere.

Thirty two years credentialed experience in the Social Work, Counselling and Management fields. The combination of operating as a lecturer, Registered Clinical Social Worker in medical and mental health settings, and as a director, has enabled me to develop a range of counselling, therapy, and business-related competencies.

Private Practice in Strand, Cape Town.

Online Counselling since 2019 .

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Integrated and Multilevel

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile".
Mother Teresa

I am passionate about empowering people through processes of change, growth and transformation. This, especially in situations where old patterns and hurt became obstacles in living one's best life.

I enjoy working with a variety of situations. An integrated approach of different theoretical models and techniques (supported by empirical evidence), that would serve each individual the best, is a priority.

Interventions that are solution focused and empowers with the necessary impact, remain my priority

Areas of Expertise

  • Anger Management

  • Behavioural Problem Therapy

  • Bereavement counselling

  • Divorce Counselling

  • Family & Marriage Therapy & Counselling 

  • Life Coaching

  • Mood Disorders

  • Palliative Care

  • Play Therapy

  • Rape / Abuse Counselling

  • Substance Abuse & Addiction

  • Trauma Counselling

  • Workshops; Guest Speaker

Some Career Highlights


Professional representation of Injecting Drug Users as a Key Population at a “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” (CDC) and “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief” (PEPFAR) workshop to advise on a National Plan for Key Populations at risk for HIV.

The South African National Strategic Plan

Participated in the draft proposal for The South African National Strategic Plan for HIV, STI’s and TB 2012 - 2017.


Member of the Technical Work Group of the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime). Professional representation of PWID (People Who Inject Drugs) as a key population. Participated as a field researcher in the Rapid Assessment and Response (RAR) on HIV and Injecting drug users in three selected provinces in South Africa.

Professional Counselling Centre Ithemba

Pioneering and growing an established and very successful Professional Counselling Centre (Ithemba Counselling Centre in Pretoria - now operating as "Khuluma Family Counselling").


Invited to participate in the National Conference of The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC).

Poster presentations at IHRA conference in Beirut, Lebanon.

Partnered with Gerhard Schröder to form PODS (People and Organisational Development Services)


Contact Me

Please feel free to contact me, I’d love to hear from you!

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+27 83 6513455


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  • What does others say about Annaliese?
    "Wat Annalise vir my seun Eben gedoen het sal ek haar nooit genoeg kan voor bedank nie, al sou ek haar elke dag 100 keer bedank vir 10 jaar. In die proses het ek die geleentheid gehad om 'n wonderlike mens met soveel kompassie te leer ken. Ek sal altyd dankbaar wees vir wat jy vir my Gesinnetjie gedoen het". (Madelein Steenkamp) "One of the most awesome ladies that I have had the privilege to meet... and the best councillor's I have been to". (Kari Tee) "Dankie Annaliese... Dis a.g.v mense soos jy wat meer in my gesien het as net n Junkie en bedelaar dat ek vandag n family man en al meer as 3 jaar lank skoon is!!! Blessings!"(Shawn Ackerman) "Annaliese is such a caring person and gives so much support and guidance. She goes the extra mile. What an inspiration! Forever grateful. Thank you." (Lisette Nel) "A narrative therapist , mentor, life coacher, truelly dedicated psycho social supporter, thank you Annalise for giving me support when i needed it most". (Rorisang Monegi) "She just cut through all my pretences and barriers straight to the heart of the problem. She also counceled my 6 year old due to fear he has had to die because he lost his brother. I was amazed at the difference it has made in one session. Thank you!" (Helga Naude) "Annaliese is a true and great inspiration in my life!" (Michelle Audie) "When I arrived at Annaliese’s I was a wreck. Glad to say that on the same day I felt better and knew she was the right person for me. All her sessions have added value to my life and have challenged me to dig deeper and find resolutions. I recommend her services to anyone who wants to improve their live, livelihood and start living their life. Thank you Annaliese for being my angel on earth. The fact that I even connected with you was divine intervention. Forever grateful (Sunflower*) "Annaliese, thank you for being there for me through a very difficult time in my life. Thank you for always listening, never judging and for being so patient with me. You are an incredible lady and I know God led me to you for a reason. You have a very special place in my heart and I will always be grateful to you. Thank you for teaching me so much about myself." Xxxxx Jemma C. "Where do I start! Annalise has been an Angel life saver for me and my entire family... She helped us overcome death, trauma, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, ptsd and addiction without medication. Digging deep and finding the root of each and every problem we faced and giving sound advise and direction on how to handle, deal and overcome all the difficulties we ever faced! I owe my life, happiness and strength all to her! She is one of the most caring people I know and most of all she is my friend for life! I recommend her a million times and more to anyone who needs help in any aspect of their life big or small!" Mignon M
  • What is your business hours?
    Mo – Thu: 09h00 – 19h00 Fri: 09h00 –15h00 Annaliese is, where possible, also available to respond to crises and critical incidents after business hours, including weekends and holidays.
  • What is your fee structure?
    The services I offer aren’t the only factor determining the fee. I believe strongly that a facility to transform people's lives for the better, should be accessible to all. It is for that reason that my fees per session (90 - 180 minutes) are significantly lower than the industry standard (as prescribed by medical aid schemes). This also allows for more sustainable therapy. I practise as a fee-for-service psychosocial practitioner in a cash-based private practice. Payment can be done PRIOR or at your appointment, via EFT or in cash. A receipt will be issued, reflecting the appropriate ICD-10 diagnostic codes (with your consent), for the submittance to any medical fund. For non-medical aid scheme patients, fees can be negotiated according to client needs, prior to the first visit.
  • Psychologist, Psychiatrist or Psychosocial Counsellor?"
    Psychologist: person who is qualified by graduate study in psychology and training in clinical psychology (master’s degree, internship and HPCSA registration - in South Africa you can register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in 9 categories) and who provides testing and counselling services to patients with mental and emotional disorders. Psychiatrist: Medical Doctor (practitioner of the science of medicine - HPCSA registration) with additional medical training and experience in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders. Psychosocial Counsellor: person who is qualified by graduate study in Social Work (e.g. University of Stellenbosch is 4 years) and registered with the South African Association of Social Service Professionals (SACSSP). They concider the dynamic relationship between psychological and social effects of experiences, and offers counselling, psychotherapy and mediation services to individuals, families and groups to effect psycho-social change.
  • What is the difference between Counselling and Therapy
    In the field as it now stands, the argument as to whether counselling differs significantly from psychotherapy is largely academic. Some use 'psychotherapy' to refer to longer-term work and 'counselling' to refer to shorter term work
  • What are the benefits of consulting a social work professional?
    Social workers are professionals who are trained to assess your issues and work with you to bring about change in your life. Social workers see the big picture. We are aware of the impact that social issues, culture, economic circumstances, stress and relationship dynamics have on the lives of individuals and families. Social workers are trained to work in teams and may be helpful in working together with other professionals involved in your case. Social workers are trained to be real and respectful with their clients. Social workers are trained to be practical in their thinking whilst remaining aware of complex psychological issues. Most medical aids offer cover for social work services. (SAASWIPP)
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