Dr Marlene Winberg



Narrative & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practitioner

Dear Reader

Narrative and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a creative, scientifically proven form of psychosocial therapy. The process helps people gain insight into how the quality of their thoughts impacts on their everyday behaviour.

This creative therapy helps people gain crucial insights that allow them to understand themselves differently. This process leads to retraining their brains to change negative, or destructive thought patterns and create helpful, value-based personal narratives.

When people find it hard to talk about a problem, we use narrative art techniques to express and identify the story they want to change. These techniques may include mind-mapping, writing, reading, art making and music, depending on the person’s individual needs.

The process begins with an introductory session of one and a half hours, during which you will learn the principles of combining cognitive and narrative therapy, and how to apply it to your personal life. This session is often followed up by a course of ten sessions. During this time, you can expect to

* identify and externalise the parts of your personal narrative that you want to change.

* You will gain insight and clarity into your problem, for example, relationships, addiction,

loss, overwhelming grief, anxiety, stress, panic or trauma

* break the problem into up into smaller parts and work with it creatively

* develop personal coping strategies to change the thought patterns in you brain

* develop a personal narrative that reflects these changed narrative patterns

During the past 30 years, I have helped thousands of people to make sense of their stories. I have learnt that we all have one thing in common when it comes to our self-narratives: our self-stories, or self-talk, build our identity. Narrative and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy help you to better master your sense of who you are. It encourages people to become the writers of their own stories.

I have worked with people and their narratives in schools, universities, prisons, child rehabilitation centres and development organisations with children and adults. As the South African co-ordinator of the Swedish-based, international non-profit organisation, The World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, I have counselled thousands of vulnerable young people from all walks of life, different countries and cultures. (www.worldschildrensprize.org).

Have a look at my books below – they are all inspired by how people tell their identity stories and how this telling affects their lives.

My practice is based in Kalk Bay, an urban fishing village at the southern tip of Africa. You will also find me at the Corner Health Therapy Clinic, 19 Recreation Road, Fish Hoek, Cape Town. To make an appointment, call +27 (21) 782-6958. www.cornerhealth.co.za

To book an appointment for an introductory online session, call +27 (0) 83 3925153 or send me an email.

Thank you for dropping in.



Books & Audio Stories

!Nanni’s Sketchbook

!nanni’s Sketchbook – annotations of loss and abundance celebrates a 19th century collection of children’s drawings and paintings made by the Namibian !kun child, !nanni and his three friends, Tamme, |uma and Da. This book illuminates their work, reconstructs the story of where they came from, how they were abducted and ended up in the Cape colonial home of linguist Lucy Lloyd – where they made the collection with her. The author explores the children’s visual and verbal trauma narratives and demonstrates how the telling of their stories, their paintings and drawings facilitated their healing.

The !kun children’s archive is part of the larger Bleek and Lloyd Collection – entered in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

Manyeka Books info@manyeka.co.za

Kapilolo’s Kulimatji

In this remarkable book, Kapilolo’s Kulimatji – a !xun San storyteller’s memoir, Kapilolo Mario Mahongo recounts for the first time from an indigenous perspective, the heart-rending results for his family and San compatriots of their involvement in the independence wars against Portugal and South Africa in Angola and Namibia. Mahongo is one of the unsung heroes amongst indigenous San in southern Africa as they continue the struggle to survive and retain their identity, culture and languages far from the place of their birth.

Kapilolo’s Kulimatji – a !xun San storyteller’s memoir, told to narrative practitioner and editor, Dr Marlene Sullivan Winberg, between 1994 and 2017 and accompanied by her own account of the circumstances that led to her 23-year friendship with Mahongo, is an emotionally charged book and a welcome new genre for southern African indigenous literature (Dr Janette Deacon).

Manyeka Books info@manyeka.co.za

Children’s Books

A series of 6 children’s books with indigenous San stories and illustrations by !xun artists and storytellers themselves.

Manyeka Books info@manyeka.co.za


Back To The Land

Text by Marlene Winberg

Photographs by Paul Weinberg

With an introductory essay by Achmat Dangor

In 1994, people began to return to land in rural South Africa they had lost under apartheid. This book chronicles that process and other related aspects of the South African government’s land reform programme between 1994 and 1996. It allows the voices of the marginalised people to be heard beyond their own communities.

Paul Weinberg

The Storyteller

The Storyteller is a collection of traditional narratives from the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango River villages in Botswana. It was made when groups of young storytellers gathered in D’Kar and Shakawe to perform and record their family stories. Twenty-three tales were written in Naro, Khwedam, ||Anikhwedam, Ju|’hoansi, Thimbukushu, Otjiherero, ShiYei and English.

This collection is a reflection of a changing oral tradition where cultures meet and integrate; where computer technology exists alongside traditional healing, where people work in their small offices and libraries in the desert, quietly creating their own educational futures. It testifies to a younger generation’s capacity to record, write and translate their elders’ oral traditions.

This little book, enhanced by the work of the San artists at the Kuru Art Project in the Kalahari, honours the Botswana tradition of storytelling and the diversity of its language heritage.


Audio Stories

The Mud Baby

A fertility story narrated by traditional !xun healer Meneputo Manunga Manyeka. Translated by Marlene Winberg. Accompanied by !xun music.


The Water Woman

This story narrates the birth of a traditional San healer. Translated by Marlene Winberg. Accompanied by !xun music..


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