Jade Maxwell Newton
MNR – Sunclare sign
Cath Rackstraw
Jade Maxwell Newton and Cath Rackstraw work in private practice in Claremont and are registered counsellors with the Council for Counsellors in South Africa. Jade and Cath bring a wealth of experience to their clients and work with individuals or families who have experienced or may be experiencing:
MNR – Trauma Counselling
Traumatic Events

Trauma Counselling

Experiencing or hearing about a traumatic event may cause trauma.

You may have felt emotionally, psychologically or physically threatened. It could have been a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, or an exposure to a natural disaster. It may have happened to you or you may have been a witness to the event or have been affected by the knowledge that it happened to a friend or family member.

We are experienced in providing support in identifying, understanding and diffusing emotions, thoughts and behaviours that feel overwhelming and confusing following such an event.

In addition to debriefing, we are qualified to offer Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) intervention where appropriate.

MNR – Grief and Loss
Loss including bereavement

Grief and Loss

We offer counselling to individuals or groups who have been bereaved and are experiencing grief and loss.

You may have experienced the death of a loved one, a close friend or a colleague. Or you may be struggling to come to terms with a different form of loss in your life arising from divorce, broken relationships, loss of health, or a change of life circumstances.

We offer you support in identifying, coping with, and managing the often confusing and distressing physical and emotional reactions you may be experiencing which may have a detrimental impact on your life.

MNR – Health Challenges
Health Challenges

Physical Health Issues

When our health suffers there is an understandable emotional reaction which is frequently neglected and which in turn affects our health creating a situation which feeds both emotional and physical distress.

You may have received a medical diagnosis that has impacted on the way you need to live your life or you may have experienced a life changing illness, medical condition or medical procedure or be confronting health issues which challenge your normally effective coping mechanisms.

Or you may be in a role of caring for someone in this position or be adversely affected by someone else’s health issues.

Such situations can be traumatic and can leave one feeling overwhelmed and unable to manage. We offer counselling to assist you in managing your emotional and physical reactions to such challenging events.

MNR – Adjustment Challenges
Adjustments issues

Adjustment Challenges

Our lives are a continual challenge of adapting to changing circumstances.

These could be linked to our life stage which includes transitions into adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, independent / dependent old age and end of life stages.

In addition, unexpected crises, changing circumstances, trauma, death and loss can also challenge our ability to cope with the changes in our lives.

We offer assistance in overcoming and managing feelings that threaten to overwhelm you and we can provide support to assist you to manage adjustment issues in an effective way.

MNR – Relationship challenges
Relationship challenges

Individual, Couple and Family Counselling

During the course of our lives we often encounter relationship difficulties within our intimate or friendship and family circles.

Personal differences are often heightened during times of transition such as pregnancy, moving home or schools, changing jobs, children leaving home and retirement. Traumatic events and physical illness can also have a detrimental impact on our personal relationships.

Counselling support can assist couples and family members to understand themselves better through an awareness of how the family functions as a social unit. We can assist you to unpack expectations and explore repeated behavioural patterns.

We offer a non-judgmental, empathic and supportive approach to assist you to manage and respond more effectively to issues within your relationship.

MNR – How it works

How it works:

Each session is 60 minutes.

If you have any concerns or queries about coming to counselling, please feel free to contact us prior to booking to discuss your concerns.

At the end of the first session, we would advise you of a suggested counselling plan to which you would then have the choice of committing. This would include an agreed number of sessions as well as whether you would come to counselling weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

For many clients, short term intervention – i.e. just a few sessions – is sufficient. Your counselling plan will be discussed and reviewed with you on a regular basis.


  • This is a cash practice. Each session is R490.
  • Payment is made at the end of the session.
  • You may choose to pay cash, pay via snapscan or do an eft.
  • We are registered with the Council for Counsellors and as such are not contracted in to medical aids.