/ Symbolic of the Therapeutic Relationship with Renardo Treurnich /
1. Pruning a tree is removing specific branches or stems to benefit the whole tree. Remove dead, damaged and diseased branches to help prevent insect & decay from entering the tree.
2. The therapeutic relationship between Renardo Treurnich and his clients can be seen as a working alliance towards beneficial change, healing or transformation.


/ adjective /

1. relating to the healing of disease;

/ noun /

2. the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease and the action of remedial agents;

3. a treatment, therapy, or drug.


/ noun /
1. the way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected;
SYNONYMS = connection, relation, association, link, correlation, correspondence, parallel, tie-in, tie-up, alliance, bond
2. the way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave towards each other;
3. the state of being connected by marriage or blood.

What is therapy?

Therapy has a coat of many colours, it is a chameleon of sorts. Therapy does not simply take place in a single form but presents itself in a variety of ways. This variety is in part due to the multitude of therapeutic models and techniques available, as well as the array of reasons for seeking therapy.

In some instances, therapy involves mainly a search for insight into the origins of undesired behaviour and the function thereof. Other times, it primarily consists of a trusting relationship between therapist and client/patient where the space helps to dissolve defences. At times therapy focuses on behavioural aspects, to create new and satisfying modes of adjustment. The goal of therapy could also be much more comprehensive, where major changes are affected.

Therapy to me is based on not only the therapeutic relationship, but all interpersonal relationships. We are relational beings, and it is in connecting in relationships that we create and find meaning, insight, knowledge, freedom and expression. It is in connecting where our needs are met.

The therapeutic relationship forms the basis from where the intervention can start, with the application of theory and techniques to facilitate a space for potential change tailored to the need of the client/patient.

All interpersonal relationships are potentially important, and as such, I do believe that therapy (growth, change, conflict, resolve etc.) takes place in between sessions.

” All of us are much more human than otherwise. 

 Harry Stack Sullivan



Renardo Treurnich is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an independent practitioner. He is in private practice at Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria East.

Renardo completed all his studies at the University of Pretoria.

  • BSc Medical Sciences
  • BSocSci Honours in Psychology
  • MA Clinical Psychology

The title of his mini-dissertation, as part of completing his masters degree, was “The effects of pro-social physical expressions of anger and aggression on psychophysiological wellbeing”.

During his Masters programme, he gained practical experience and training at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital, 1Military Hospital, Itsoseng Clinic (Mamelodi) and Eersterust Clinic.

Part of the training was exposure to a variety of therapeutic models and approaches; including but not limited to individual, group and family psychotherapy.

Renardo worked with children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics who were experiencing various psychopathologies and life difficulties.

Renardo completed his internship at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital. He worked at the Male, Female and Forensic units. At all units emphasis was placed on providing psychological services to the in-patients with severe forms of psychopathology. Psychological services included individual and group therapy. While at the Female unit, Renardo was assigned to the Dual Diagnosis Unit (DDU). The DDU specialises in treatment for patients with both a substance use disorder and co-morbid diagnosis, focussing on rehabilitation. At the Forensic Unit, Renardo formed part of the observation team assessing pre-trial fitness and responsibility.

His year of Community Service was completed at the Department of Correctional Services: Kgosi Mampuru II Management Area, Central Corrections. The focus was on rendering psychological services to adult male offenders for the purpose of criminal rehabilitation. Part of the psychological services included risk assessment.

Contact us today

if you’re ready to explore the possibility of a therapeutic relationship with Renardo in an open and safe setting that emphasizes self-exploration and change.


Individual therapy






Group therapy



Therapy is available for adults, students, teenagers, children (from 12 years) and geriatrics.
Fees: Medical aids accepted or R900.00 per hour session (Cash or EFT).

What we stand for

The Tree of Knowledge represents insight and growth, with its branches symbolising the diversity of areas to where it could have an impact. The process of therapy could allow us to explore the self (and the other), to gain awareness and insight, that could induce change. This change then in turn impacting other contexts of life, as represented by the branches.

The hexagon represents the theoretical underpinnings informing my thinking as a psychologist. The six sides represents the triangle of conflict and triangle of person as used in Psychodynamic therapy. These two triangles being the predominant influences in my formulations. The connections found between the hexagon represent the other paradigms that have been integrated into my thinking; such as Cognitive Behavioural Theory, Client Centered or Humanistic approaches, Existential Thinking, Systemic Theory and Narrative Therapy.

Orange represents energy and zest. Therapy and engaging with the therapeutic process my source of energy, zest and passion. The use of orange also represents my experience of Community Service at Kgosi Mampuru II Management Area, where the offenders wore orange. It is also symbolic of a lifelong nickname that I have had since the age of 8.

The stem of the tree found outside hexagon represents growth outside of the therapy milieu; where hopefully the goal is to establish new and healthy patterns of behaviours and relationships.


/ plural noun /
1. a part of a tree which grows out from the trunk or from a bough;
/ verb /
2. <of a road or path> divide into one or more subdivisions;
3. <of a tree or plant> bear or send out branches



/ noun /
1. the part of a plant which attaches it to the ground or to a support, typically underground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibres;
2. the basic cause, source or origin of something;
/ verb /
3. cause <a plant or cutting> to grow roots;
4. establish deeply and firmly.


/ noun /
1. a plane figure with six straight sides and angles.


/ plural noun /
1. a relationship in which a person or thing is linked or associated with something else


/ noun /
1. facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education, the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject;
2. awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation


/ noun /
1. a large round juicy citrus fruit with a tough bright reddish-yellow rind;
/ adjective /
2. reddish yellow.


Renardo Treurnich

Clinical Psychologist
MA Clin Psych (UP)
Practice No: 0626465

Vermillion Dental & Health

145 Rigel Avenue North
Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria
Call/SMS 062 530 4025


Renardo Treurnich

Clinical Psychologist
MA Clin Psych (UP)
Practice No: 0626465


Vermillion Dental & Health

145 Rigel Avenue North
Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria
062 530 4025



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