The Institute of Psychology & Wellbeing provides a professional psychology service to elite and developing athletes and high level performers.

Our services include:

  • Elite Clinical Sport Psychology
    • Team and individual intervention
    • Performance & wellbeing psychometric assessments
    • Facilitating high performance team environments
    • Implementing performance processes
    • Optimising performance under pressure
  • Biofeedback


MyPlayers and South African Rugby Legends Confidential Helpline

As a part of the expansion of the IPW services, the IPW established a relationship with the South African Rugby Union (SARU) at the start of 2015, addressing both the performance and wellbeing aspects of the elite South African rugby population.  As a result the IPW ha exclusively been delivering the performance services to the Springboks, SA Men and Women’s Sevens teams, the SARU Elite Referees and has launched a national confidential helpline in conjunction with My Players (current professional rugby players) and South African Rugby Legends Association (former professional rugby players). As part of the Wellbeing and Clinical Services component of this programme, the IPW has established a network of experienced Counselling/Clinical Psychologists to act as associates of the IPW and service providers. These experienced associate psychologists assist players by providing individual face-to-face psychotherapeutic services.


Meet the team of Associate Psychologists:

Bloemfontein (Cheetas)

Dr. Jacques Jordaan – Counselling Psychologist

Justin Coetzee – Clinical Psychologist

Cape Town (Stormers)

Dr. Irene Strydom  - Counselling and Educational Psychologist

East London (Border)

Lorna Schofield – Counselling Psychologist

George (Eagles)

Estelle Crause – Clinical Psychologist

Kempton Park (Falcons)

Kirsten Watkins – Counselling Psychologist

Corné Peach – Clinical Psychologist

Kimberly (Griquas)

Dr. Jannie Fouche – Clinical Psychologist

Johannesburg (Lions)

Ellie Dykema-Hansen – Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Marlene Arndt – Clinical Psychologist

Kogila Thangavelu –Counselling Psychologist

Nelspruit (Pumas)

Dr. Jacob van Zyl – Clinical Psychologist

Pretoria (Blue Bulls)

Ilé Schutte – Counselling Psychologist

Ellie Dykema-Hansen – Counselling Psychologist

Potchefstroom (Leopards)

Institute of Psychology & Wellbeing – NWU

Port Elizabeth (Kings)

Kempie van Rooyen – Clinical Psychologist

Anéke Venter – Counselling Psychologist

Wellington (Boland)

Dr. Irene Strydom – Clinical and Educational Psychologist