Dr Marlene Winberg


Narrative Arts Therapy Practitioner

Teacher & Author

Dr Marlene Winberg holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Narrative Studies, Masters of Arts in Fine Art and BA in Drama and Literature from the University of Cape Town. She holds certificates in a range of healing modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the Applied College of Psychology in the UK, and Narrative Therapy from the Dulwich Centre in Australia. She has studied indigenous knowledge healing systems and incorporates traditional therapies into her work.

As South African ambassador to the international human rights organisation, The Worlds Children's Prize Foundation for the past 25 years, she has counseled hundreds of vulnerable women and children whose stories include themes of loss. In this capacity, she works with trafficked girls and youths in prison, where her Narrative Arts Therapy programme helps the children to deconstruct their broken identities and reconstruct stronger personal stories.

Dr Winberg is the author of several books on the narrative arts, including Annotations of loss and abundance, an examination of the trauma narratives, drawings, paintings and maps made by four 19th century San children who were taken from pre colonial Namibia and landed up in the Cape colony (Winberg 2014).

Her private Narrative Arts Therapy practice for women and teen girls is based in Fish Hoek, Cape Town, and online at www.marlenewinberg.com

Dear Reader

Our personal stories are not cast in stone – they are continually evolving as we grow and change. We have a great deal of influence over our stories. Narrative Arts Therapy can lead you to gain valuable insight into your personal story, with the view to reframing it in meaningful, healing ways – based on your values, skills and dreams.

What is it not?

Narrative arts therapy is not psycho analysis and it does not diagnose. It is a therapeutic philosophy that draws on science and the arts to reconstruct our narratives in beneficial ways.

What techniques do we use during a session?

The process integrates a range of therapeutic modalities including the creative and expressive arts, multi-media and elements of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Who benefits from the Narrative Arts Therapy programme?

My practice focusses on women and teenagers whose story lines are dominated by feelings of anxiety, loss, trauma or major life changes, such as puberty, pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, death, chronic illness or divorce.

What does the Narrative Arts Therapy programme involve?

The introductory session may be followed by completing the first module, a short-term therapy in seven sessions. You will then be equipped to choose wether or not you want to proceed to the second module, where you will explore the world of healing through the arts in further depth.

To make a complementary introductory appointment, WhatsApp 27 (0) 833025153 or email info@manyeka.com.

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