Lefika La Phodiso ‘The Rock of Holding’ is Africa’s first psychoanalytically informed Community Art Counselling training institute.

Through this specialised skills development, we are able to facilitate community outreach projects as practical placement sites for our students. Recognising the universal need and nature of psychosocial health,
we have grown from our initial centre based in Gauteng and now reach interprovincial communities across South Africa and abroad. We are currently celebrating over 20 years alongside our country's two decades of democracy.


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  • Want to connect more emotionally with your child or the children you work with but are not sure how to? With Sarah Allen

  • Documenting through photography In this workshop on 27 October, professional photographer, ER Lombard, will take participants through an experiential workshop focusing on how best to show your work to the world.

  • I would like to invite you to a workshop where we will be exploring the ‘thing called self’, in relation to one another. Through the use of dreams, the group, objects and art materials we will have conversations between our internal worlds, our individual unconscious and conscious processes and the social unconscious of the the Read more

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Our Team

  • TRAINING COORDINATOR & DRAMA THERAPIST Rozanne is a qualified drama therapist, registered at the HPCSA. She is currently the Training Coordinator at Lefika La Phodiso – Community Art Counselling and Training Institute. At Lefika La Phodiso she is responsible for supervision and training and involved in various national community projects and participatory research interventions. After

  • FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR, SECRETARY OF THE BOARD & COMMUNITY ART COUNSELLOR AND TRAINER Élouise Barnard is a community arts counsellor and trainer at Lefika la Phodiso, and an extra-mural art teacher at St. Andrew’s School for Girls in Johannesburg. She completed her Fine Art degree in 2009 at the University of Pretoria.

  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & COMMUNITY ART COUNSELLOR Betty Phumzile Rakosa is the Executive Director at Lefika La Phodiso Community Art Counselling and Training Institute. She is a Community Art Counsellor, Educator, Facilitator and Trainer. Phumzile holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Educational Management) from Potchefstroom University and a Secondary Teachers Diploma (Technical) from the East