3 prospect hill road, wynberg, cape town
tel: +27 (0) 71 84 1111 8
email: desiree@sevenandeight.co.za

desiree-anne martin

counsellor • group & workshop facilitator • skills developer

I am an experienced addictions and general counsellor with a long, impressive CV but an even bigger heart. I help people to stop hurting and to start living. I work with people. I talk to people. I listen to people. I watch people take responsibility for their lives. I cry with them, laugh (a lot) with them. I teach, I learn, I do some growing of my own.

I do this with individuals, with women, with men, with young adults, in groups. I am a sucker and a champion for the hopeless and the desperate. Ask anyone. I believe in hope and magic. But I am a realist and a cynic. I will tell you the truth and I’m not afraid to be temporarily unpopular.

I have worked in treatment centres and rehabs for 9 years, with adults and adolescents, and in private practice for 7 years. I am experienced with substance addictions and process addictions, integration counselling, trauma, mental health issues and DBT. I am in recovery and I am always learning. This is what I do and I hope I can be of service to you.

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list of services I offer:

  • Individual Counselling
  • Group Counselling
  • Substance and Process Addiction Counselling
    (drugs, alcohol, gambling, food, internet, sex, relationships)
  • Family Counselling
  • Couples Therapy
  • Adolescent Counselling and emotional and practical Skills Development
  • Workshops at high schools around issues such as high-risk behaviour, boundaries, consent and healthy versus unhealthy relationships
  • Corporate Wellness Programmes including individual counselling, assessments and interventions, stress-management and emotional regulation workshops, psycho-education groups about topics such as addiction, trauma and mental health issues
  • Lectures about various aspects of Addiction, Recovery, Mental Illness and Abuse/ Trauma
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Facilitator of the Recovery Assistant Learnership Online Course


I’m David and I’m 34 years old. Dez has helped me to become a person I can respect today, to live to my potential. All it takes sometimes is the ability to see and feel things from others perspectives. Just a slightly different angle of looking at your problems can breathe life into your soul. Dez is consistent, in an ever-changing world and for that I am eternally grateful.

I’m a 40 year old woman whose niece started seeing Desiree weekly and I watched this confused 16 year old change and transform before my eyes. She became more comfortable in her own skin, more accepting of whom she is and stopped trying to fit in. She became more determined to finish high school because she was ready to drop out.  This is where Desiree’s gift lies: she helps one develop an arsenal to deal with the joys, the sorrows, relationships and everyday challenges that one faces. Desiree has been extremely valuable in helping my niece identify and build on her strengths. My niece passed her matric exams with a Bachelor’s as well an exemption; she is looking forward to a bright future with so many options to choose from. I truly recommend this amazing woman; she changes the lives and mindsets of young people and helps them to truly live their best life in an authentic, joyful and loving way.

I was the most chronically, toxic, pathological addict with severe BPD too. I met Dez in a secondary care in 2012 and saw her every week for 5 years. She taught me more than I could ever fathom to write down. I learned about my values, sobriety, my patterns, grew through physical & sexual traumas, and most importantly the tool that brought me back to reality: “Internal Authority”. Without Dez, I don’t think I would be alive. She brought me back after a suicide attempt and an ugly relapse, since then I have grown from strength to unwavering strength at the age of 25 and I couldn’t be more grateful.

I’m Tyra-lee and I am 17 years old, The idea of having a therapist frustrated me because I thought they’d tell me things I already knew but with Desiree it was a different case. She made me feel welcome and comfortable. She is super understanding and she helped me realise things about myself that I didn’t even know. I would leave our sessions feeling fresh, motivated and almost as if a weight was lifted off my shoulders – and week after week – I felt better and better about myself and my place in this world. She is so awesome and a beautiful person inside and out; she changed my life for the better. If you’re thinking about seeing Dez, stop thinking and make that appointment! I swear you won’t regret it.

please contact me for more info or to schedule an appointment.