Meet our team of trained professionals
We know there are many types of families in South Africa, including combined, single-parent and extended families. At The Family Corner all families are welcome to join in therapy counselling, workshops and training.
We believe that awareness and understanding (self-knowledge) can bring us closer to transformation. Understanding in terms of the way we think, feel and act can better our relationships within the context of our marriage, family, friends, work and community.
We hope to assist in the healing and growing processes of families and to encourage individuals within families to heal and grow so that they may eventually reach their full potential.
B Soc Sc Hons (Psych), MTh.
Academic: Starting off with a BA degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pretoria – then later extended studies in Sociology. Did BA Soc Sc Hons (Psych) a B Psych practical year and registered with HPCSA following year in the category: Registered Counsellor. Did Masters in Practical Theology 2012 – 2013 with a focus on the family and spirituality. Introduced to the Enneagram in 2012 and register as Enneagram practitioner end 2013. Also an accredited CPSC (Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counsellors) supervisor.
Employment: Worked at the Human Sciences Research Council in project teams doing surveys on socio-economic development. Worked at the University of Transkei as project leader: population development program and small business development. In 1993 joining the Rural Foundation (NGO) as research consultant till 1996. From 1996 –2009 private research consultant, mother and student. In private practice from 2007. Open doors of The Family Corner 2013.
Professional: Owner and registered counsellor at The Family Corner (centre for counselling, therapy and training). Co-author and lecturer at Unisa: 2 year course in Pastoral Narrative Therapy. Practical workshop training in counselling for pastors, counsellors and honours students. Member of Integrative Enneagram solutions: South Africa.
BA Social work, B Soc Sc Hons (Psych), MED.
Dagmara grew up in Pretoria in a German home. She attended the Deutsche Schule in Pretoria till grade 7 where after she matriculated from the Staatspresident CR Swart High School in 1971. She commenced her studies in Social work at the University of Pretoria and completed her Honneurs degree in Psychology thereafter. Due to her interest in children she commenced with her studies in Educational Psychology. During her training she worked at the Child Guidance Institute at the University for 6 years. After completing her studies she started her private practice in 1989. From 1994 – 1999 she assisted with the practical training of Educational Psychologists at the University of Pretoria.
In 2001 she became involved at an NGO in the inner city of Pretoria. During her 13 years at this organization she established the O Hamba Nami therapeutic Centre which provided psychological and social services to the people within the Inner City Community of Pretoria.
In 2011 Dagmara was introduced to the Enneagram. She attended several training sessions with international recognized trainers like David Daniels and Peter O’Hanrahan in 2012 and 2013. After training at Integrative Enneagram Solutions in Cape Town she became a registered member which gives her access to the Computerized Enneagram Interactive Questionnaire – a helpful tool for the Client as well as the Therapist.
In 2016 Dagmara partnered with Annemien at her already established Family Corner Centre in Moreleta Park. Due to their shared interest in the Enneagram and the vast field of possibilities it opens this has become a new venture for the years to come.
He grew up in Florida and matriculated at Florida Hoërskool. He began his studies at the University of Witswatersrand with Afrikaans, Hebrew and Greek as majors. Thereafter, he did his post-graduate studies under Proff NP van Wyk Louw and PJ Nienaber. He went on to study Theology at the University of the Pretoria and specialized in the Old Testament, in which he obtained his Doctors degree. Francois also obtained post-graduate qualifications in Tertiary Education and in Marketing.
Francois taught Bible studies at the Randse Afrikaans University and at the University of Port Elizabeth before he was appointed as professor and head of the CB Powell Bible Centre at UNISA.
He published various articles, was collaborator on the Bybel in Praktyk en Bybellennium and have published more than hundred popularized theological publications, amongst other, Die Wonder van die Bybel.
He was founder and chairman of the Southern African Association for Correctional Ministry. He is director of Basilea (Petra Instituut vir Kinderbediening) and was since the completion of his studies, involved part-time in numerous congregations.
He is involved at Family Corner as spiritual leader and course presenter.
BA (Health Sci. & Soc. Services) Psychological Counselling, BA Hons (Psych).
Born and raised in Pretoria East, Anri, matriculated from high school Garsfontein and went on to pursue studies in Education at the University of Pretoria, however, she had a passion for human relationships and therefore studied and obtained her BA degree in Psychological Counselling (Health Sciences & Social Services), and thereafter obtained her BA Honours in Psychology, both at the University of South Africa. She aims to pursue future studies in MA Clinical- OR Counselling Psychology. She is currently registered as a Holistic Counsellor with the Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners (Professional SAQA registered body).
Anri, volunteered at FAMSA (Family South Africa – Counselling) in 2014 in statutory and report writing work and obtained Couples Counselling and Marriage Guidance training as well as Trauma Containment and Debriefing Training. She is also the director of Holistic Wellbeing, an online store for Annique Rooibos and Healthcare products since 2011. She enjoys working with children, teenagers and families. She has been part of The Family Corner since 2016 and completed a practical programme at The Family Corner under the supervision of Annemien Bauermeister, Dagmara du Plessis and Francois Swanepoel. She is also responsible for helping with marketing, social media and workshops and started volunteering at Sunrise Trauma Centre (SAPS Garsfontein). “My experience at The Family Corner thus far has been rewarding both on a personal and professional level. I would strongly recommend The Family Corner’s practical training and supervision programme for anyone wanting to develop their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, expand their professional career or wanting a fulfilling learning and growing journey. I will always value the mentorships and friendships that have grown from The Family Corner.”