Dr Annelie van Breda

Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness

Annelie is passionate about teaching mindfulness practices to help people with everyday challenges.She is a Psychologist in private practice in Cape Town, where she offers psychotherapy to individuals and people in relationships. She has a special interest in disordered eating, especially binge eating. Annelie has been part of the mindfulness community since 2008. 

She has a Masters Degree in Psychology from Stellenbosch University and a PhD in Psychotherapy from the University of Pretoria. She is a SIY certified teacher and offers the original 2-day mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training programme developed at Google.

She lives in Cape Town.

Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness

Annelie has found that mindfulness is a good therapy for anxiety, which is often the main driver of eating disorders.  She has a passion for mindfulness, and teaches the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in Cape Town.

Mindful Eating

Our minds and bodies are highly complex systems.

Like all living systems, nothing exists in isolation, and changes in one part of the system will influence other parts. Dr Annelie thus believes that nurturing and healing must be approached holistically. Our relationships, stressors, emotions, thoughts and behaviour, including eating behaviour, have an influence on one another.

Dr Annelie has a special interest in working with people suffering from obesity and eating disorders. It is recognized that when a person loses the mind-body connection, they lose the ability to self-regulate their eating. As a Mindfulness teacher, Dr Annelie found Mindful Eating an effective practice in bringing back the balance between eating healthily, reducing stress and fulfilment in daily life.

After twenty years of working with people who have lost control of their eating habits, she found that the mechanism for binge eating has little to do with food, but is grounded in a person’s feelings and thoughts. Her theories are supported by her PhD in Psychotherapy awarded by the University of Pretoria with the title of her thesis “Binge Eating: A Study of a Group of Binge Eaters in South Africa.” Dr van Breda is considered a specialist in the field and has contributed to articles in the media and is a regular speaker at conferences and universities.