To make an appointment to see one of the Psychologists
come to the BSU and speak to Verna Leverzencie during school hours.
The Bishops Support Unit (BSU) has been established to encourage the optimal psychological, emotional, social and intellectual development of pupils at Bishops and individuals and families in our community. The Unit strives to help individuals achieve their potential by assisting them to overcome personal, emotional, psychological, behavioural, academic, family and relationship difficulties. The Psychologists, Peter Farlam and Marileen Harrod, provide confidential individual and group counselling and psychotherapy to learners and academic staff in the College. Peter Farlam heads the BSU and is primarily responsible for providing counselling and co-ordinating the counselling services of the unit. Marileen Harrod offers individual and group counselling and also does Educational Psychology assessments. At present there are two Educational Psychology interns who provide Educational Psychology and Career Assessments under the supervision of the BSU psychologists. The BSU also has an Academic Support Specialist, Angela Ledwidge, who helps boys with language support, study skills and organisation and planning. The BSU also offers numerous parenting workshops and other support for parents as well as staff development and training. Verna Leverzencie is the administrative manager of the BSU and takes responsibility for the day-to-day running of the centre and for making appointments and coordinating the psycho-educational courses offered by the unit. Individuals wishing to make appointments to see a Psychologist do so by contacting Verna Leverzencie (firstname.lastname@example.org / 021 6591010).
Educational Psychologist and Learning Support Co-ordinator
Marileen Harrod is an Educational Psychologist and is the Learning Support Co-ordinator at the Prep and Pre-prep. Email email@example.com
Aliece van der Merwe (M.Ed [Educational Psychology], University of Pretoria, 2020) is one of our educational psychology interns at the BSU. She has taught high school Mathematics and Physical Science, and has had experience in counselling in a number of different social contexts.
Jamie Brassell (M.Ed Psych) is one of our educational psychology interns in the BSU.
Jamie has worked in the education and child development field for the past 11 years. She started her career as a pre-school and Foundation Phase teacher before moving her focus to language teaching, learning support and counselling. Jamie has worked at several schools offering learning support to children of all ages who experience learning and developmental challenges. Before joining the Bishops Support Unit, Jamie worked as school counsellor and was a member of the Inclusive Education Team at the German International School Cape Town.
Pre-prep and Prep Staff
Linda Brombacher – Speech and Language Therapist
Linda Brombacher (BSc [Speech Pathology], UCT, 1989) is a speech therapist who specialises in developmental articulation, language and fluency disorders. She started in public health at Tyberberg Hospital where her work focused on diagnostic hearing tests and paediatric speech and language therapy. After working for two years as a speech pathologist in public schools in Athens, Georgia (US), she started a private practice in Cape Town in 1998. In her practice she has worked with more than 1 500 children aged between 4 and 8 years. Her preferred therapy approach is to include parents as active role players in the remediation of communication disorders.
Linda works at Bishops Pre-Preparatory in the mornings and in her practice in the afternoons.
Jane Durham – Occupational Therapist
Jane studied Occupational Therapy at UCT, qualifying in 1990. She worked for the department of Health for the first 15 years of her career – Alexandra Hospital for people with intellectual disability (5 years) and Red Cross Children’s Hospital (10 years). Her time at Red Cross Children’s Hospital included working in the Developmental Clinic, Child and Family Unit and Oncology Unit. She was Acting Head of Department for 2 years of her stay at the hospital. She has run her own private practice since 2006, working mostly in 2 schools. She has been at Bishops Pre-Prep since July 2008 and enjoys working closely with parents & teachers and mentoring dynamic young Occupational Therapists. Jane has post-graduate qualifications in Sensory Integration Therapy (SI) and Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) and enjoys using an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing on these and perceptual-motor principles to actively involve the children in achieving their therapy goals. She also has training and many years of experience in group therapy, including gross & fine motor groups, sensory modulation groups, perceptual groups and socio-emotional groups. Working with children has always been her passion and she loves developing supportive relationships with children and helping them achieve optimal performance in their daily tasks.
Services offered: Assessment, individual treatment, tandem treatment, small group treatment, handwriting groups, correcting letter reversals groups, Alert Programme groups, home programmes & Muscle Mania classes for Grade R.
Anandé Uys – Occupational Therapist
Anandé (M. BSc Occupational Therapy) graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2011 with class medals in practice learning for her third and fourth years of studies. She completed her community service year at Tara Psychiatric Hospital in Johannesburg during 2012. During this year she also started volunteer work at a private practice which specialises in working with children.
In March 2013 she started working as an independent practitioner in private practice. In June 2016 she graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Cape Town with a special focus on the effect of a newly designed play-informed intervention on children’s playfulness levels and play skills. She is a sensory integration trained therapist and has a special interest in treating children with a variety of developmental difficulties.