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Dr Nokukhanya Phungula


  • MBChB (UKZN)
  • FC Psych (SA)

Location: Rivonia and Online

Services offered:

  • Adolescents therapy
  • Adults therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapies and/or workshops
  • Maternal mental health
  • Trauma and related disorders
  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Dual diagnosis with substance use disorders

“Start with the why” Simon Sinek

At a young age, there was a family member who suffered from a chronic condition. I took great pride in being of assistance in any small way I could as an overzealous little girl. Being able to bring a smile to this family member in their condition, was very fulfilling. Medicine was thus an inspired vocation for me as it allows me to bring smiles to people where there is none.

As I was traversing through my community service years, I was drawn to mental health patients as they seemingly needed more time, patience and understanding in the whirlwind that is the public health system. It was my crucible moment on how I can help bring a smile to patients just as I had all those years back with that family member in the rolling hills of Kwazulu-Natal.

I enjoy investing time into the person, seeing them beyond their diagnosis and offering their families support. Psychiatry is thus a perfect fit as I always want to touch, change and improve lives with every interaction I have with individuals. It allows me more contact with the patient and tickles my intrigue to also understand the system from which they stem from to get a more holistic view of them.

Psychiatry affords me the space to fully engage with and invest more time in individuals. This in an attempt and hope to not just meet them at their need but also equip them for the future. I am passionate about people and being a part of the journey to improve their quality of life. 

I completed my specialist training at the University of the Witwatersrand. I am currently working as a specialist psychiatrist at The Couch on a full time basis.