Johann Krynauw

“Empathy is the capacity to think and feel oneself into the inner life of another person”

– Heinz Kohut

My Story
I am a clinical psychologist based in Brackenfell in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town. I offer individual psychotherapy to adults & adolescents.

Therapy can be a process to restore oneself, which focuses on increasing your awareness of unconscious feelings, thoughts and behaviours, developing new insights into your motivations and resolving conflicts. Psychotherapy teaches you how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills. I tailor my therapeutic approach to the specific needs of each individual patient.

My own individual growth and life experiences led me to the decision to continue full-time study in order to complete my Master’s degree in clinical psychology at a mature age. Before studying psychology I gained qualifications in business management and worked in the private and public sectors.

This allowed me to interact with variety of different cultures and contexts. This equipped me to build relationships with people to truly realise what inner feelings a person experiences and to uniquely connect with that vulnerable part of each person I interact with.


My vision statement “Time for Restoration” means to develop self capacities for:

Spontaneity: experience capacity to real joy,liveliness ,excitement,meaning.

Balanced Self-entitlement: understanding parental support from childhood to emerge as yourself , even current support from your adult significant other and the mastery of goals, accepted as good enough, and support to achieve this with no judgement from others or towards yourself. Validating you fully. Acknowledgment of self activation and maintaining self esteem: exploring if unconditional love was there and if the parental interaction was a positive experience and if not one can rebuild it in the here and the now as an adult. This is crucial as it becomes what you can tap from internally fuelling daily your self esteem. Soothing of pain affects and emotions: your ability to cope and to limit painful emotions in a adaptive manner. Commitment: The ability to per-severe to attain that goal despite obstacles. Creativity: Ability to use yourself to change old, familiar patterns into new , unique different ones. Intimacy: Capacity to express self fully in close relationships with minimal anxiety about abandonment or engulfment fears. Autonomy: Your capacity to regulate your emotions and to function independently.

It is important to me to offer and provide a safe space for therapy to explore true and difficult emotions. Therefore I pride myself on having an open and non-judgemental attitude to establish a therapeutic bond between the patient and the therapist. I place great importance in the ‘therapeutic alliance’ which means that therapy is an active collaboration between the therapist and patient.


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My practice is based at the Cape Gate Oncology Centre on the first floor. If you wish to schedule an appointment with me, you can CLICK HERE

You welcome to contact me. Should you contact me during the day, the possibility exist  that I will be in consultation with a patient. Therefore kindly leave a text message or voicemail and I will respond soonest.

I am available for psychotherapy consultations between these times:

Monday to Thursday: 9am-4pm
Every second Friday: 9am-1pm