D Phil (Social work). MSc (Psychology)

I started my career as a physiotherapist, but was involved in a motorcar accident and could no longer work in this field.  I was forced to change my occupation and completed an honours and Master’s degree in psychology, followed by a BA degree in Social Work and Master’s degree course in Family Therapy. I am committed to seeing positive change in the lives of my clients and strive to have a deep, empathic understanding of those with whom I work. During my studies I was greatly influenced by the work of the holocaust survivor, Victor Frankl, who showed that we may reach our full potential not only in spite of suffering and trauma, but becauseof it.  Armed with this optimistic view, I started practicing at the Olive Branch. More and more trauma clients came to see me.  I realised that the Lord had called me to work in this field and have completed a Doctorate on trauma at Unisa(2005).  I have also received training in Somatic experiencing, an innovative and new approach to overcoming trauma.  I love what I do and am grateful for the privilege of sharing my clients’ journeys to healing.

Services include:

  • Trauma therapy
  • Somatic experiencing.
  • Bereavement.
  • Marriage guidance and counselling.
  • Divorce counselling.
  • Therapy for adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma.
  • Family therapy (e.g. for families struggling with domestic violence, abuse, etc.)
  • Therapy for anxiety, stress and anxiety disorders.
  • Group therapy.
  • Rape counselling.
  • Play therapy.
  • Therapy for chronic illness, terminal illness or chronic pain.
  • Therapy for emotional pain, depression anxiety, etc.
  • Counselling for Hiv/Aids
  • Dealing with loss
  • Parenting skills.
  • Relationship problems.


Olive Branch 37 Wordsworth Avenue Farrarmere Benoni
Tel: 072 122 4766 / 011 849-7473.
Email: drwade@olivebranch.co.za
Dr Barbara Wade is an accredited member of Saaswipp (the South African Association of Social Workers in Private Practice) and practices in the field of individual and family therapy, as well as specializing in all forms of trauma