The Ixande Team

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.


Flicky Gildenhuys

Honours Clinical Social Work (UCT) (Substance Abuse), FADAP U.K.

Flicky’s 15 years of counselling experience in the field of addiction has 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.

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.

Client Testimonial

“I’m Greg and I’m an alcoholic. I spent 3 months at Ixande, I have no doubt that those 3 months saved my life and changed my life for the better. The care and attention that I received from the staff was like nothing I had experienced before. It was for me a life changing experience that I will never forget. For those considering where/if to check yourself in, please do go to Ixande. If you’d like further details on my experience just call Ixande and ask for my number, I’d be happy to speak to you.”
Greg, South Africa

Clinical Team

Judy Dutlow

Clinical and Operations Manager

Judy has worked in the field of psychiatry with dual diagnosis and addiction for the past 17 years.  Her many years of clinical experience include heading up treatment facilities, supervision and training.


Andre Le Roux

Registered Social Worker

Andre has worked in the addiction field on a management level for more than 25 years in a broad variety of inpatient & outpatient settings.  Andre heads up our Gambling, and Sex and Love addiction Programmes.

Nabiel Khan

 B. Psych Honours (Reg. Counsellor HPSCA )

Nabiel’s extensive professional work experience and caring work ethic offers empathic support and competent containment to our clients treatment process.

Finance and Admin

Bradley Swaile

Reception and Admin Assistant

Tafara Marange

Finance Assistant

Nursing Team

Elliet Kahari

Nursing Director

Phakama Boboyi

Registered Nurse S.A.N.C.

Carolynne Small

Registered Enrolled Nursing Assistant S.A.N.C.

Housekeeping Team

Beauty Mabaya and Lusanda Makupula

Household Staff

Client Care

Guy Langenhoven

Client Care Manager

Sober Living

Vaughan Smith

Sober Living

Complimentary Therapies

Lauren Joubert

Yoga Teacher

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.

Amy Melhuish

MA Drama and Movement Therapy (RCSSD,UK)

After graduating with her MA in Drama and Movement Therapy she began her work within the fields of addiction and recovery. Amy believes in the powerful tool of story and storytelling and incorporates this within her sessions to help clients find other ways of expressing themselves

Dave Tyfield

Meditation Facilitator

Dave’s commitment towards the value of meditation in recovery brings has assisted countless clients over the years.

Metka Zurman

Trauma Release Exercise

Metka is a life coach and TRE facilitator.  She helps the clients to learn how to use their own body and mind as a natural and safe resource for relieving physical and mental stress, anxiety and trauma.


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.

 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.

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.

 Shan Biesman-Simons

Shân is a registered Dietitian and has worked as a senior dietitian at Groote Schuur Hospital, Lectured at Florida International University.  Shan provides our eating disorder clients with nutritional guidance and supervision.



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