1989-1991       Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand

1990-2003      Private practice in Johannesburg 

2004-2010       Principal Psychologist, Valkenberg Hospital/Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry       and Mental Health, University of Cape Town.


        2011- 2017:  

  • Principal Psychologist, Groote Schuur Hospital/Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town (Joint appointment to the University and the State Health System)
  • Management of psychological services at Groote Schuur Hospital
  • Clinical supervision of psychology interns and registrars
  • Consultation-Liaison Psychology, Oncology and Chronic Pain


  • Researcher/Project evaluator South African Committee on Higher Education (1981-1984)
  • Clinical supervisor: Family and Marital Society of SA private practitioners (FAMSA) (1990-1993)
  • Co-convenor and clinical supervisor, Counselling Service, Alexandra Health Centre, Johannesburg (1989-1994)
  • Trainer/clinical supervisor, Martindale Counselling Centre, Johannesburg (1989-1992)
  • Psychology Consultant:  Dominican School for the Deaf, Cape Town (1997-1999)
  • Psychology Consultant:  Burns Unit, Red Cross Children’s’ Hospital (2000-2009)
  • Part-time lecturer, University of the Western Cape, Department of Psychology (Clinical Psychology Masters students) 2000-2002
  • External examiner for Masters in Clinical Psychology;  Previously University of Cape Town, currently  University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University
  • Part-time lecturer, Stellenbosch University 2015-17.


  • Bantjes, J., Nel, A., Louw,  K., Frenkel, L., Benjamin, E.,  & Lewis, I.  ‘This place is making me more depressed’: The organization of care for suicide attempters in a South African hospital:  Journal of Health Psychology, 2016, 1-13.
  • Frenkel, L., Swartz, L., & Bantjes, J. Chronic Traumatic Stress and Chronic Pain in the majority world:  Notes towards an integrative approach.  Critical Public Health.   Online: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=ccph20
  • Frenkel, L., & Swartz, L. (2017).  Chronic Pain as a Human Rights issue.  (under review).
  • “My life has not been good from childhood up ‘till now”:  The challenge of chronic pain for health care in low resourced countries.  Submitted to Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.  Frenkel, L.
  • Frenkel, L (2002)   “You get used to it”;  working with trauma in a Burns Unit of a South African Children’s Hospital. Psychodynamic Practice, 8, 483-503. 
  • Frenkel, L (2004) “I smiled at her and she smiled back at me”; between repair and re-enactment in a South African Paediatric Burns Unit.  In Levy, S & Lemma, A (Eds). The Perversion of Loss; Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Trauma.  London: Whurr Publishers. Frenkel, L (2008).  A Support Group for Parents of Burned Children in a South African Childrens’ Hospital Burns Unit. Burns, 34, 565-9.


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Clinical Communication Skills (Module 2)

Facilitated by: Beverley Bolton & Jacqui Koep

11 & 12 October 2019

George, South Africa

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