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We consider that every member of our team plays an important role in assisting our clients through their treatment process. Each staff member is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive space to every person who makes Ixande his or her temporary home.


Ted Hands

After a career in music Ted moved to Cape Town from Europe and started Ixande in 2010, with the vision of providing opportunities for 12-Step recovery to alcoholics and addicts from all over the world.


Flicky Gildenhuys 
Operations Director
B.A. (Psych) UCT. Grad. Dip. Counselling SACAP
Honours in Clinical Social Work (Substance Abuse)

Flicky’s 15 years of counselling experience in the field of addiction, her business career and family education practice have all contributed towards Ixande's treatment philosophy and ethos, which incorporates the wealth of the clinical team’s experience as well as evidence based addiction treatment methods. 

Judy Dutlow
Clinical and Operations Manager

Registered Psychiatric Nurse

Judy has workd in the field of psychiatry with dual diagnosis and addiction for the past 16 years.  Her many years of experience include heading up treatment facilities, supervision and training. We are fortunate to have Judy to guide and manage our treatment programme and its operations.
Vashti Fairhead

BSoc Sci (Social Work) (UCT)

Vashti is a registered social worker and for the past 15 years she has worked in various treatment facilitiies in Cape Town as a senior counsellor, Clinical Director, as well as heading Eating Disorder Units.  Vashti is focused on creating ongoing opportunities for behavioural change & emotional growth for clients.
Andre Le Roux

BA Hons Psych (University of Pretoria)
Social Work (UNISA)

Andre has worked in the addiction field on a management level for more than 22 years in a broad variety of inpatient & outpatient settings.  Andre heads up our Family programme, Gambling Unit and Sex and Love addiction Unit.

Declan O'Riordan

Dip in Nursing Studies - Thames Valley University. BSC (Hons)/DipHE Substance Use 

Declan developed an interest in working within the addiction field whilst training as a nurse in the UK where he gained his professional qualification in 1999.  Since then he has worked in addiction treatment.  Declan particularly enjoys working with our dual diagnosis clients.
 Widaad Benjamin
BCOM (Damelin)
Business Administration (HTCC)

Widaad has 12 years of administration and business experience, working in both finance & real estate. She also lectures regularly for community based government business administration programmes.

Ielhaam Petersen 
 Counselling Diploma SACAP
Honours in Psychology (current)

Ielhaam brings her many years of experience working in the field of addiction.  Her deep knowledge of the 12 step programme and empathy for those still suffering, brings astute and insightful help and understanding for our clients.

 Guy Langenhoven
Client Care Manager

Guy has worked in the recovery sector for 10 years as a Recovery Assistant & night manager.  He has used his experience from his own recovery (clean & sober for 16 years) to inform his work & ascribes his continued sobriety to his on going participation in the 12 step fellowship.
 Umar Adams
Client Care

Umar's role as a programme facilitator incorporates his training as a recovery assistant alongside his own personal 12 step recovery.  Umar assists with intergrating clients into the 12 step fellowship and the implementation of their recovery plans.
Rita Graham
Sober Living Manager

Rita's many years of experience of guest house management and understanding of the 12 step programme, alongside her warm and motherly nature, provides our clients with 24/7 onging guidance and care at Sober Living in Muizenberg.


Elliet Kahari 
Registered Psychiatric Nurse

As Director of the nursing team, Elliet uses her many years of broad based clinical nursing experience to identify both the medical and emotional needs.  Her professional experience in medical detoxification has been invaluable in the setting up of our Detox Unit.
Carolynne Small

Registered Enrolled Nursing Assistant

Chamaine Viljoen

Registered Nurse 
Ruth Maqasha

Registered Enrolled Nursing Assistant S.A.N.C.
Our highly experience nurses ably provide professional 24 hour nursing care, and amongst other duties, facilitate the evening programme and help those who struggle during the night.  Their priority is to ensure the safety and well being of the clients at all times.

Housekeeping Team

 Joan Frans
Housekeeping Manager

Joan our Kitchen Manager brings to Ixande her experience of many years from the catering industry.  
 Freddie Petersen

Freddie plays an important role with regard to Ixande’s observance to the safety and welfare of the clients on and off the premises, as well as the maintenance and security of the Ixande property.
Constance Rollom

Olwethu Pali

Our household team are always available for the clients and are often seen chatting with them,
cleaning duties put aside just for the moment. 


Complementary Therapies

Natalie Buley
Art Therapist and
Mindfulness Practitioner

After completing her Fine Art and Psychology degree, Natalie studied Art Psychotherapy at Sheffield  University, UK.  For the past 15 years she has been working primarily in the field of Addiction and Relapse Prevention.  
Natalie has completed the post-graduate diploma in Mindfulness Based Interventions at Stellenbosch University.
Lauren Joubert
Yoga Teacher

B.Soc. Sci (Psych) UCT
Recovery Coach (U-ACT)

Through Lauren's personal experience in 12 Step Recovery and her dedication to sharing yoga, she creates a safe, supportive and fun environment for clients to learn the art of deep relaxation and to develop suppleness and strength. 
 Frances Ward
Trauma Release Exercise Practitioner

Frances Ward is a registered counsellor and has been working for over a decade specialising in Addiction and Trauma. The holistic nature of her TRE work aims to help the clients find healing by treating the body and mind with equal importance.
 Markus van de Westhuizen

Markus has been practising and teaching Reiki since he obtained his Master level in 2005.  Marcus has been working with at Ixande since its inception.
 Erica Whyte

Erica is a passionate gardener and environmentalist, with long-term experience of people in recovery, fostering her belief that spending time close to nature plays an important role in the ongoing recovery process. 

Consulting & Supervising Team

Dr Konrad Czech 
Consultant Psychiatrist
MB BCh (Wits), F.C. Psych (SA)

Consultant psychiatrist to Ixande, Dr. Konrad Czech attends to any psychiatric needs on the programme. He consults on a number of psychiatric programmes, and has previously worked abroad in Europe and Australia. He works in a private practice in Claremont.

 Peter Powis
Clinical Supervision 
Staff Support

MA Clinical Psychology

Peter has 25 years experience as a psychotherapist and addictions recovery therapist. He has worked in diverse settings in the past, which include Director at the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre, at a Private Hospital treating addiction. He consults at Ixande, both as a supervisor of individuals as well as facilitating the staff support sessions.
 Corrie Davidson
Staff Supervision 
Sex Addiction Programme Facilitator

MA in Clinical Social Work, UCT.
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)

Corrie facilitates the sex addiction programme, and is one of the only four CSAT trained therapists in South Africa. She has a private practice and is involved with various treatment facilities, providing training, supervision and group facilitation to professional and lay counsellors
 Dr Duncan Laurensen
Consulting General Practitioner

Duncan has worked extensively in the addiction treatment field since 1999. He holds medical responsibility for patient admissions, detoxification and all physical aspects of addiction treatment.


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