Meet The Team

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Meet the Team:

Gerrie Pretorius – Pretoria Counsellor

Gerrie Pretorius founded Life Counsel in 2010 and specialises in Trauma and Marriage Counselling. I’m Registered as a Counsellor with the Council for Counsellors and is full time dedicated to Counselling, Training and managing operations at Life Counsel. Gerrie is an Accredited Trauma Facilitator and a TIR Trainer in South Africa.

Finished my Bachelors of Theology Degree in 2006 and decided to go into full time counselling in 2010. Was introduced to Applied Meta Psychology in 2012 and started my journey in becoming a Trauma Facilitator and a Trainer of Traumatic Incident Reduction.

Have always been passionate about people and wanted to assists in improving peoples mental and emotional well-being.


Monique Schneigansz – Our Cape Town Psychologist

I have obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Registered Counsellor) at CTI now known as University of Pearson Institute of Higher Education in 2016. I have been practicing as a Registered Counsellor for the last 3 years and is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). I have also completed a play therapy course in 2018 to enhance my personal development.

After I obtained my degree, I worked in various settings which provided me with the opportunity to broaden my experience in counselling. The work settings include the Non-Profit Organizations (NPO) sector (i.e. Hope House Counselling Center), facilitation of children with special needs in Schools, home support to children with behavioral difficulties, volunteering for the South African Police Service (SAPS) to do debriefing and containment after a crime scene and debriefing and containment in cooperate settings after traumatic incidents.

Since a very young age, I knew I had a profound purpose to help and encourage others when they need it most. It was only a few years ago that I learned, my name (Monique) means advisor/counsellor. It was then that I realized not only is it a passion, but it is inscribed in me as a person to be able to counsel and advise others where possible. Everyone has experienced some form of hardships or difficulty at any given point in their life and I believe that one should never be ashamed to seek help. My goal is to create a safe space for my clients where they can freely express themselves, their thoughts and emotions without feeling judged or criticized. Respecting each client, for the person they are and what they believe is something I really take to heart. Each day my need to make a difference in the lives of others keeps on growing.


Beaulah Rose – Our Psychologist in Edenvale Johannesburg

I hold a BA Psych Hons (UJ).  I am registered with the Health Professions council of South Africa as a registered counsellor and hold a Board of Healthcare funders registration for medical aid claims.  I currently am in private practice in Edenvale, Gauteng.  I believe strongly in a person centered and solution focused approach to counselling.  Just like the lotus flower that grows in the muddiest waters and flourishes into a beautiful flower, each person holds the tools and skills to direct themselves into the best possible future they can hope to achieve.  A registered Counsellor is trained in assisting the individual to understand and examine their thoughts, feelings and behavior. In doing so an individual is able to have an increased insight into whatever challenges they are facing, a better understanding of oneself, confidence, self-esteem and the ability to make informed, well thought out decisions.


Each of us experience the world differently based on our past experiences and personality types but at some point in our lives we will all struggle with a significant issues, stress, life changes, traumas and relationship dynamics that will affect us deeply.  We react in a normal way to abnormal situations and counselling offers the opportunity for each person to regain a sense of balance, self-awareness and improve insight into their own unique experience of the world and allow for self-growth and goals to be set to regain our sense of hope.  I have trained in trauma incident reduction and provide trauma debriefing and counselling to individuals, groups and companies.  I also provide services such as individual therapy, relationship and couples counselling, stress and anxiety management, dealing with substance abuse (for families and individuals) as well as sport counselling.



Bernice Lufumpa – Our Pretoria Counsellor


Therapy is not a ‘magic pill’ or a ‘quick fix’, but rather a healing process. Each person has an inherent potential to self-actualize while being encouraged for deeper self-understanding and to adapt new attitudes and feelings towards life-situations. “We repeat what we don’t repair.”
As a qualified Social Worker, I have precise constellations of skills and practice methodologies in conducting (individual, couple, group and family) therapy as well as working with corporate  organisations in trauma defusing and debriefing.
The secret to the world’s most successful therapists is that they use a variety of effective strategies at their  disposal to create effective lasting changes. I aim to stay in touch with you, your need and real-life experiences.
Qualification: Bachelor of Social Work ( Criminology)(Honours) Degree.
Certificate: The Traumatic Incident Reduction
Specialities: Marital & Pre-marital, Relationship Issues, Trauma and PTSD

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