Akeso Clinics is a group of private in-patient psychiatric clinics that prides itself on providing individual, integrated and family-oriented treatment for a range of psychiatric, psychological and addictive conditions.

At the heart of the Akeso treatment philosophy lies the belief that no one should be treated in isolation – not in terms of the condition from which they suffer, nor in terms of their separation from family and friends. As such, treatment programmes are fully integrated, meaning that the multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, pharmacists and nurses all work together with you and your loved ones to ensure the best possible care, and best possible outcome.

In addition, at Akeso we work according to a guiding principle of ‘treatment beyond containment’, which means that every treatment plan is designed to not only contain and treat the immediate problem, but also provide a supportive environment that helps you and your loved ones plan for life beyond our programmes. While our immediate focus will be to provide relief from the sometimes devastating symptoms of psychiatric illnesses, our ultimate aim is to help you change the direction of your life by providing creative strategies for sustainable mental health.

The Clinics are probably best described as an ‘emotional ER’, catering to people in psychological crisis. These crises may have been brought on by extraordinary life stressors, a traumatic event, an underlying psychiatric vulnerability, a chronic illness or a combination of these. Akeso Clinics provide a safe and comforting environment in which assessment, containment and healing are prioritised, and in which both you and your loved ones are treated with dignity and respect.

An essential feature of the Akeso treatment philosophy is that loved ones and other members of your support system are encouraged to visit regularly, as well as participate in the treatment programme. We have learnt that promoting and encouraging a better understanding of psychiatric illnesses and addiction is one of the best means of ensuring sustainable health.

No one should walk the road to psychiatric health alone. But while Akeso Clinics and your loved ones are here to help, they can’t do it without you and your full commitment. It’s not easy, but together we can help you change the direction of your life, for the better.

  • Board of Healthcare Funders
  • National Hospital Network
  • Hospital Association of South Africa
  • Department of Social Development