You may have heard of or interacted with Sanctuary Christian Counselling Centre, also known as “The Sanctuary”. We have come a long way and are always looking for ways to share, encourage and help those we come in contact with. In line with that we are now using a wider selection of social media platform to do exactly that. I hope the words, clips and snippets we share are that little extra to see you through, make your day or encourage you when you need it.


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Friday, 04 August 2017 12:00

My Testimony: Fear And Anxiety

“When we are so concerned about what’s going to happen tomorrow we don’t actually get everything that God has for us today. We have to trust that God will give us what we need when we get there.”


Anxiety is a dream killer and a thief. I know this firsthand because I’ve dealt with anxiety in my life and even went through what I call my seven months of hell. I know that anxiety is something that so many people deal with, so this week I want to talk…
Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:00

The basic counselling course

An antidote to toxic thinking is to examine our thoughts and our beliefs to see if they are really true before we just accept them unconditionally. Take the time to reflect and challenge the negative thoughts. has more on this topic.


“AS A MAN THINKS SO IS HE” (Proverbs 23: 7)We are not only what we eat, but we are what we think.  Did you know that our thoughts come from a CORE BELIEF? A basic belief that we have, about something that causes us to think in a certain way…
Thursday, 13 July 2017 12:00

Find a friend: Be a friend.

A good friend is the greatest gift one can have. Are you the kind of person someone could confide in? If not, would you like to be a better listener, friend or offer better advice? Take heart because these skills can be learned.  Visit for more information.


Recently we have been discussing ‘TOXIC THINKING’ and its harmful effects on our bodies, and perhaps you, like me, have noticed some toxic thoughts of your own. Having recognised these thinking patterns we want to stop the cycle, but what can be done? Is there help for these destructive thoughts?…
We worry about so many things, but when we wait in the presence of the Lord, God reminds us that Only One Thing is Needed. If you're upset, lacking, or just plain worried, you need to heart this faith-building testimony about how God is the good Provider. Isaiah 40:31 says,…


Tuesday, 04 July 2017 09:28

Thoughts…. Friends or Foe?

This week we continue to look at Dr Michelle Strydom’s insights on the relationship between ‘toxic thinking’ and illness and how worry can detrimentally affect our blood pressure. According to Dr Strydom, high blood pressure can arise as a complication from other diseases, but the primary disease called Hypertension specifically…
People are weighed down by fear, pressures and anxiety everyday. Look at the world around you… If you feel you want to learn more about becoming a counsellor visit our website today at and become a part of the change.


Did you know that the phrase ‘toxic thinking’ is more than a cute phrase to describe a certain way of thinking? This is, actually, a clinical term to describe a phenomenon that occurs in the body as a result of the fearful thoughts going through our minds in times of…
Thursday, 22 June 2017 12:00

What is Your Purpose?

Does your life feel mundane and ordinary? Do you feel like your days are routine and purposeless? Maybe you don't truly understand the purpose of your life and what you have been called to do? This video should help you understand your purpose a little more and if you want…


Wednesday, 21 June 2017 14:21

Why Gauteng needs a counselling ministry?

Among the many heart-breaking reasons as to why we need a counselling ministry in South Africa, the most pressing reasons include single parent households and suicide rates   According to research done by the SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), only 33% of children in South Africa live with both…
It should not be a taboo subject because through communication and comfortable conversations retirement can be something that does not need to be feared but can actually be enjoyed. At the Sanctuary, we open the conversation and share thoughts and insights that really help to inspire a healthy outlook on…


This week the topic of discussion is retirement and how retirees are affected by the technological advancement of the world. Understanding is key! Don’t let fear rob you of the chance to learn. The more you understand, the more in control you will be therefore, learn as much as you…
Thursday, 11 May 2017 12:00

Don’t be quick to judge.

Watch this video and see how easy it is to misread a situation.   Visit our website and sign up for our basic counselling course so that you can learn how to listen and understand before you say something you might regret.


We at sanctuary take pride in our accomplishments, having helped numerous men and women along their paths of life. Below is a testimony of the power of the course Journey to Wholeness taken by a very happy and enlightened individual.   The past three years have been to say the…
Thinking of working a few more years just to be sure? Financial planning for retirement is more complex than ever. It’s no longer just about saving enough to get to retirement, it’s also about making sure your money lasts through your retirement years.   Don’t risk outliving your money by…


Or…… To many retirement is a long awaited dream come true. I am thinking of a judge I know who feels like a kid just let out of school, now that he has recently retired, surf is up and he wind sails most days and braiis at night. He holidays…
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 13:00

10 things I wish I knew before having a baby

Check out the top 10 tips on things to know before having a baby to help you sift through the pills of baby advice that gets thrown at you and get prepared for parenthood


Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:11

Surviving The 1st year of Parenthood

The Stress Factor: While the birth of a new baby is indisputably miraculous, the demands are daunting, making the first year as exhausting as it is exhilarating. Pride and joy jostle with sleep deprivation, frantic scheduling, marital issues, and work pressures. "It's a tidal wave effect," says psychologist Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The…
Friday, 21 April 2017 10:00

Learning to Resolve Conflict in Marriage

During the 1st two years of marriage, each couple has 7 tasks that need to be accomplished to grow intimacy ... if these tasks are not accomplished, they will become stumbling blocks for the rest of the marriage.   Watch as Dr. Bruce and Karen McCracken share the 2nd task…


If you are married or in a serious relationship, I bet it’s fair to say that you have had disagreements with your partner.  For most of us, that’s putting it lightly. It’s only natural that spouses that spend so much time together are going to have conflicts, whenever we do…
Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:00

Parenthood in the early years

Watch this heart-warming testimony of a womens experience as a first time mother, the ups, downs, tears and smiles. Listen to her story and allow it to enlighten your heart and inspire your action.


Tuesday, 11 April 2017 09:00

Lauren Saiyad on Parenting

Godly discipline is where love and freedom replace punishment and fear as the motivating forces in the relationship between a parent and child. It allows children to grow through their mistakes and to learn from the consequences of their choices. The Bible tells us: "There is no fear in love.…
Thursday, 06 April 2017 12:00

Sex in Marriage

Olga Fredericks talks about sex, marriage and the basics that make it all come together for a full and happy life as a couple and a family. Visit our website and sign up for our marriage and conflict resolution course that is running this months and change your life for…


‘Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, jealousy as cruel as the grave; its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame.' Song of Solomon 8: 6 NKJV Marriage is designed to be a lifelong…
Thursday, 30 March 2017 12:00

Healing and counselling from The Sanctuary

Here is one example of a women who took charge of her situation by coming to Sanctuary, learning she wasn't alone and through the help of our councellors has made a change for the better. Visit our website and see how you can make a change today.


Conflict is inevitable. No relationship is immune. When managed biblically, conflict can serve as a catalyst for change and an opportunity for spiritual and relational growth. Why then are we afraid to tell our friend her words hurt us, to ask our boss for a raise, or to confront our…
Don’t continue to let your dark thoughts and anxieties run your life. Go to and make a change today.


Thursday, 23 March 2017 10:50

Calm Your Anxious Mind

We long for God's peace “Don’t worry. Be happy!” It’s not that easy! I know, I used to be plagued with anxiety and I’ve been helping anxious people since 1987. Perhaps you struggle with anxiety or worry. If so then even at night maybe you can’t seem to slow down…
“Instead of concentrating on your problems and getting discourage, focus on God and meditate on His promises for you. You may have fallen down, but you don’t have to stay down. God is ready, willing and able to pick you up.” – Joyce Meyers


Monday, 13 March 2017 16:00

Depression by Lorraine Mitchell

The problem with depression is a skyrocketing crisis in our society today. Lorraine Mitchell, a psychologist with a practice in Bedfordview  who provides family counselling and runs workshops to the general public regarding suicide, the warning signs, and  prevention  of suicide says: It is safe to say that everyone becomes…
This short film shares the inspirational stories of people who have suffered from mental health illnesses. It shares their difficulties and how they overcame their struggles and features many prominent figures, sharing their support for those suffering. Watch it and feel how it changes your view of those around you.


Thursday, 09 March 2017 18:49

Anxiety & Depression together

This week we are looking at Anxiety and Depression Together.   Have you ever felt anxious or depressed? In the world of mental health care, where exact diagnosis dictates treatment, anxiety and depression are regarded as two distinct disorders. But in the world of real people, many suffer from both conditions. In fact, most mood disorders present as…
I can’t believe that it is that time of year already. Thank you so much for your valued support.   It has been a fulfilling year as we have seen the Lord’s hand heal and touch people’s lives through The Sanctuary.   Please note we are closed till the 8th…
This week we share Olga and Sues’ chat on Midcities 104.7Fm. We talk Joy! We also cover how you can get involved at The Sanctuary.    


Thursday, 03 November 2016 09:00

This month we look at tips for Joy

Dear Friends of Sanctuary, This month we look at tips for Joy. Olga speaks to Sue Jameson on a radio show called Joyride (Midcities 104.7 FM). Sue is a joy activist and laughter coach who has been called to promote joy wherever she goes. (   Wouldn’t you agree that…
This month we will discuss how fortuitous we are as The Sanctuary will be moving on the 26th of August and operating from our new premises on the 1st of September.   The space has been graciously offered to us by one our counsellors, Lindie Coetsee. We are excited as…
Friday, 29 July 2016 12:00

What is Compassion Fatigue?

Compassion Fatigue involves empathising and identifying with clients/patients. We look at how it is similar to Burnout, but Burnout is caused due to multiple demands. The discussion is around how you may develop symptoms of PTSD and feel overwhelmed with being able to do your job as a professional. The…


Thursday, 28 July 2016 09:52

The impact of Compassion Fatigue

This month we feature the impact of Compassion Fatigue (CF) in your role as a caring professional and how this can impact on you professionally and personally. This is not a concept that many people are familiar with, despite the fact that the majority of caring professionals will experience it…
An up and coming Hollywood director put this simple skit together to look at the funny side of relationships and “problem fixing”. Hope it makes your day and please like and share on your social media pages.


This month we focus on the men and debunking the myths around counselling and masculinity. We share the real life story of Gavin, a Sanctuary member and how he has overcome all odds and is now a counsellor himself, guiding and helping other men.   I have struggled with addiction…
Thursday, 26 May 2016 11:00

Job Vacancy

A position has risen for the post of Centre Manager in a Christian Counselling Organization based in Lonehill, Fourways.  The post has flexible hours, including the occasional Saturdays when necessary and more details concerning this will be given during the interview. Please note that this will initially be a voluntary…
Depression is on our minds again this week. Does taking anti-depressants mean that we lack faith, that we are not strong Christians? Let’s take a look at this interview with John Piper on this very subject. Should Christians take antidepressants? – YouTube Video of Should Christians take anti-depressants John Piper…
Dear Friends of Sanctuary,   We are so excited to be holding an official Launch/AGM on Saturday the 7th May from 10am to 12pm. Please see invite below and RSVP by May 1 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Come and hear what God has been doing through Sanctuary as people share their testimonies.…
A slide presentation that shares the feelings of those that have depression published under the title “Depression doesn’t define me”


Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:27

It Can't Be Depression...I'm a Christian

In this week’s mailer we look at the article how to recognize depression and what to do about it by Peter D. Kramer. Should Christians get depressed? As a pastor and professional counselor, this is one of the questions I am asked most often. Christians feel guilty about being depressed.…
Are there any advantages to Christian counselling?Is Christian counselling “proper” counselling? There is always hope found in Christ. Some of our counsellors at Sanctuary have received counselling themselves and are passionate about giving out the healing they have experienced through Christian counselling. Watch this insightful video:


Tuesday, 22 March 2016 09:00

Bringing healing to people

In this week’s mailer we look at 8 advantages Christian counselling has in enhancing the healing process.   ADVANTAGES OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELLING   Secular psychotherapy plays an important role in bringing healing to people.  The study of psychology is the youngest of the sciences and is growing fast.  Many new…
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:00

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness Start the conversation. End the stigma. Bring Change 2 Mind (BC2M) is a non-profit organization working together to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed public education materials and programs based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness.


Last week we looked at the fact that many people are reluctant to seek counselling because of the stigma attached to it. We helped you dispel some of the myths. This week we will dispel more myths and show what the scriptures say about seeking counsel and how among believers,…
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 14:00

Stigma and Mental Illness

This innovative video is a joint project of the IWK Health Centre and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). It was designed to help combat the stigma attached to mental illness and will be used to educate health care providers and hospital staff across the country who work with…


Many people are reluctant to seek counselling because of the stigma attached to it. They believe that you have to be seriously mental in order to get help. This 2-part article will dispel all the myths. This week, we will look at the Stigma, next week we will look at…
Thursday, 03 March 2016 14:00

Silencing the Critics

In this week’s video we see Dr Brene Brown present a section titled ‘Silencing the Critics”. She is often on Ted Talks and is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Looking for some encouragement, you will find it in this clip.


You may have heard of or interacted with Sanctuary Christian Counselling Centre, also known as “The Sanctuary”. We have come a long way and are always looking for ways to share, encourage and help those we come in contact with. In line with that we are now using a wider…
Recently I visited a stately home in the UK, built in the 1700s and renovated in 1920. The owners had tried to replicate the furnishings as genuinely as possible but in one room it was clear that the wall coverings were not original or authentic to the house. From a…


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