Qualifications and Experience:

Vincenzo Sinisi is a qualified psychoanalyst (SAPA), group analyst (IGA) and clinical psychologist (HPCSA). He is an active member of the psychotherapeutic community in South Africa and has held several executive positions including Chairperson of the Cape Town Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Secretary of the South African Psychoanalysis Initiative and the Treasurer of the Centre for Group Analytic Studies. He works in private practice, primarily with adults and older adolescents in both individual (face to face and on the couch) and group settings.

Psychoanalyst, Group Analyst, Clinical Psychologist
Private Practice
November 2015 – Present (Kenilworth, Cape Town, 7708)
I see predominantly adults and older adolescents for psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic or group-analytic psychotherapy. I work both on the couch and face to face.

Group Therapy Supervisor / Faculty Member
Center For Group Analytic Studies
2009 – Present (Cape Town Area, South Africa)
Provide supervision to practitioners running process groups and intermediate students on the CGAS group analytic training program. These students have mixed levels of experience and are either in the process of establishing or currently running process groups.

Clinical Seminar Group Chair
South African Psychoanalysis Initiative
2006 – Present
Group administration and participation on the SAPI executive committee.

Psychotherapist, Group Psychotherapist
Private Practice
January 2009 – November 2015 (Kenilworth, Cape Town)
Adults, Adolescents and Couples. Predominantly higher functioning clientele seeking in-depth and ongoing psychotherapy in either an individual or group format.

Executive Member: Communications and Regional Rep
South African Psychoanalytic Confederation
2010 – December 2011 (National)
Participated on the executive committee and contributed towards the establishment of the South African Psychoanalytic Confederation. Oversaw the development of the SAPC website.

Chairperson of Cape Town Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Cape Town Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
2010 – 2011 (Cape Town Area, South Africa)
Chaired the society for 2011 and held a position on the executive committee since 2010.

Clinical Psychologist and Group Psychotherapist
Private Practice: Johannesburg
2007 – 2009 (Johannesburg Area, South Africa)
Twenty-five individual slots, four couples, two children and one psychodynamic therapy group per week. Referrals received from Crescent Clinic, EAP networks, GP’s, Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists.

Community Service Psychologist
Region A Psychiatric Services
2006 – 2007 (Johannesburg Area, South Africa)
Rotated between four Johannesburg community clinics. Gained excellent experience working flexibly with a broad range of clients (neurotic – psychotic) from different clinical, ethnic and economic backgrounds. Improved productivity and capacity in three clinics by establishing two support groups, one DBT skills training group and a peer-led supervision group.

Marital Counsellor / Individual Counsellor
Family Life Centre
2005 – 2006 (Johannesburg Area, South Africa)
Provided medium term counselling (individual and couples) for a middle-class clientele who were struggling with self-destructive and/or relationship difficulties.

Group Facilitator 
Shaping the Learner
2004 – 2005 (Johannesburg)
Crime prevention initiative in association with Business Against Crime. Facilitated a number of crime prevention workshops with children in disadvantaged schools and communities throughout Gauteng.

Group Facilitator / Trauma Counsellor Supervisor
Randburg Police Station
2004 – 2004 (Randburg, JHB)
Facilitated a supervision group for volunteer lay trauma counsellors.

Intern Psychologist
Tara Hospital / Region A Psychiatric Services
2003 – 2004 (Johannesburg Area, South Africa)
Tara Hospital: Outpatient Unit and Ward 7 (Locked Psychiatric Ward)
Region A: Rotated between four primary health care clinics in Johannesburg.

Intern Psychometrist
Johannesburg General Hospital
June 2001 – December 2001 (Johannesburg Area, South Africa)

Intern Psychometrist
Children In Legal Disputes (CHILDS)
January 2001 – May 2001 (Johannesburg Area, South Africa)
Completed forensic family assessments in cases where children were involved in legal disputes and was appointed as family counsellor by the Family Court of Johannesburg.

Trauma Counsellor (Volunteer)
RAU Trauma Clinic
1998 – 2000 (Johannesburg Area, South Africa)
Worked as a lay trauma counsellor with mostly adult survivors of violent crimes. Provided individual trauma debriefing and counselling.


South African Psychoanalytical Association (SAPA)
IPA Accredited Training in Psychoanalysis
2011 – 2015

Ububele (African Psychotherapy Resource Centre)
International Diploma in Group Analysis
2007 – 2013
Awarded by the Institute of Group Analysis London: United Kingdom

The Institute for Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy (IPCP)
Diploma in Therapeutic Communication with Children
2004 – 2006
Awarded by Tavistock Clinic in London: United Kingdom

University of the Witwatersrand
Master of Arts (M.A.), Clinical Psychology
2002 – 2004

Traumatology Services International
Diploma, Psychological Trauma
2000 – 2001

University of the Witwatersrand
Bachelor’s degree hons., Applied Psychology
2000 – 2001

University of the Witwatersrand
Bachelor’s degree, Psychology / Sociology
1997 – 2000

Rand Afrikaans University
Certificate in Advanced Trauma Counselling

Rand Afrikaans University
Certificate in Trauma Counselling