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

  • SOCIAL MEDIA & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, ARTIST, COMMUNITY ART COUNSELLOR Kamal Naran is an Artist, Community Art Counsellor and Mindful Art Facilitator. He attended The University Of Pretoria, obtained his BA Honours Degree in Fine Arts, specializing in painting. He attended Lefika La Phodisa – The Art Therapy Centre, where he did the Community Art Counselling

  • 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

  • OFFICE ASSISTANT Boitumelo Happy Bapela is the office administrator at Lefika La Phodiso Community Art Counselling and Training Institute. She has completed her diploma in Business Administration majoring in public management. She loves working with people and assisting the team to enable them to run a successful NGO. Happy enjoys helping the children at our