Education and Training

Jénine Smith is a passionate and friendly Clinical Psychologist based in Cape Town. She obtained her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Stellenbosch University. She did her clinical training at the Department of Psychiatry at Groote Schuur Hospital, at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and at Valkenberg Hospital.

Jénine Smith completed her community service at Alexandra Hospital. She specialised in treating and caring for adults living with intellectual disabilities. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) – PSY 0119822.

Jénine Smith is au fait with psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family therapy, Imago couples therapy, emotion-focused couples therapy (EFCT), brain working recursive therapy (BWRT) as well as solution-focused therapy (SFBT). She is passionate about offering a safe, confidential, empathetic and non-judgemental therapeutic environment.  Jénine believes in adjusting her understanding and approach to psychotherapy to fit and suit her clients' individual needs while adhering to an integrative stance towards intervention. She also believes that therapy is a collaborative process with the therapeutic relationship at its core.

Jénine Smith sees inpatients at various psychiatric and wellness clinics in and around Cape Town and has practice rooms in Claremont, Plattekloof. and Tyger Valley in Cape Town, where she passionately works at treating patients of all ages with a range of mental health conditions and psychological problems, including:

  • Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychotic spectrum disorders
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Substance-related disorders
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Psychotic spectrum disorders
  • Life-stage issues (Transitional challenges of adolescence, the emotional impact of retirement, adjusting to life after a divorce, midlife challenges, etc.)
  • End-of-life issues (Ageing, terminal illness, and dying)
  • Acculturation issues (Assistance with the challenges of integrating cultural issues)
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Body image issues (including disordered eating)
  • Parental guidance
  • Learning difficulties (ADHD, ADD)
  • Disorders of childhood and adolescence
  • Autism (which involves assistance for families on how to manage challenging behaviour)
  • Intellectual disabilities (which involves family therapy and support)
  • Crisis intervention (debriefing after a traumatic event, mobilising psychiatric resources)
  • Psychometric assessments (determining strengths & weaknesses, intellectual & adaptive functioning)
  • Jénine Smith also offers supervision to fellow therapists who require it.