FAMSA Pretoria  is a registered non profit organization originated in 1953 out of the need to combat marriage and family disintegration.  We provide specialised services to address relationship problems, community development, trauma debriefing, marriage preperation and training in the Greater Pretoria Areas.Our mission of FAMSA is to empower people, to reconstruct, build, strengthen and maintain sound relationships in the family, in marriage and in communities. 

We believe
  • healthy family life promotes community well being
  • individuals, families and communities have the potential to change, grow and take responsibility for themselves
  • diverse types of family life -- all have the right to be recognized.

FAMSA, a registered non profit organization originated in 1953 out of the need to combat marriage and family disintegration. FAMSA Pretoria delivers Employee Assistance Programme services, as well as ad hoc services to companies.  FAMSA Pretoria’s main office is in Brooklyn, focused on counselling and two satellite offices in Mamelodi and Soshanguve, focused on statutory intervention. 

We offer the following services:  
Counselling focus on a wide variety of problem areas:
  • Individual counselling – clarifies and enables individuals to resolve conflict
  • Marriage/adult relationship preparation
  • Marital counselling
  • Family therapy
  • Play therapy – with traumatized children
  • Divorce counselling
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Counselling with adult survivors of childhood abuse
  • Counselling with victims of family violence
  • Trauma debriefing
Cost - 2014
Individual / children  per hour
Couple per hour
Familie per hour
We are now providing counselling on Saturday mornings from 10 May 2014 from 09:00-14:00

Cost - 2014 Saturdays
Indivual/children counselling per hour R350.00
Couple counselling per hour R380.00
Family counselling per hour R450.00
Parenting skills programme 

8 x 1hour Sessions

The sessions do not have to be consecutive.


1. Questionnaire and Child Development Stages
2. Parenting Styles
3. Discipline and punishment
4. Responsibility of Parents
5. Activities with the child
6. The Parent as the Role Model
7. Co-Parenting and Reconstructed Families
8. Feedback and Termination 

Cost R800.00 can be paid in installments
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Trauma can be a physical injury or an event that created emotional scare that influence your behaviour, thinking and emotions. To name a few, trauma include; assault, domestic violence, illness, media images, sexual abuse and loss of a loved one through death or divorce, or natural disasters. 

Debriefing is a guided process that offers an opportunity for a person to understand the internal processes experienced after a traumatic event.  FAMSA assist individuals and groups as well as companies to be able to cope with the effects of trauma. Contact our office to shedule group debriefings as well as individuel sessions. 

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This programme is intended to assist couples with knowledge and skills to deal with the demands and adjustments needed for a successful marriage. Ideally couples planning to get married should participate in the programme at least 2 months before the wedding date to allow time to benefit from the input.

The programme consists of 4 sessions which the couple attends at the FAMSA offices. The sessions are usually schedule a week apart and arranged on Saturday mornings. During the first session a questionnaire is completed. This questionnaire is not a test but serves to generate information and stimulate thoughts about the process of married life. In the remaining three sessions the following topics are addressed:

  • Marriage expectations

  • Personality issues

  • Financial management

  • Leisure activities

  • Sexual expectations

  • Children/parenting

  • Family/friends

  • Role relations

  • Spiritual beliefs

  • Special focus is placed on the development of skills in communication and conflict resolution.

 Who can benefit from this programme

  • Couples that are engaged to be married for the first time, whether living together or separate.

  • Some of these couples may already have children

  • Couples entering into a second or third marriage

  • Couples who have been married for a number of years and who wish to enrich their relationships

Cost - 2014

The total cost for the course is R1620 and can be paid as follows:

Session 1

R600 (includes the cost of assessment of questionnaire)

Session 2,3 and 4

R340 all fees are payable before each session.

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Famsa offers training packages in:

  • Basic Counselling

  • Life Skills

  • Stress Management

  • Marriage counselling

  • Trauma awareness and debriefing

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Through a helping process, HIV/AIDS affected families are supported in the following areas

  • Orphaned children are placed in foster care, receiving a foster care grant.

  • Child headed households are receiving long-term emotional support.

  • Support groups are held where foster parents are encouraged to develop income- generating skills, as well as life skills.

  • Food parcels are distributed when possible.

  • Home visits by care givers to families who are affected / infected by HIV/Aid.

  • After school programmes for orphans and vulnerable children.

  • Crime prevention programmes where we target 2100 youth and parents.

The programme consists of 3 actions:

  • Awareness campaign – to make youth aware of health lifestyles.

  • Therapeutic groups with youth who is involved with minor clashes with the law.

  • Parents workshops with the youth of the therapeutic groups

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Famsa Pretoria employs 6 social workers delivering statutory services in Mamelodi and Soshanguve office.

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Mediation is used between to parties/parents to establish an agreement in regards to their children.  Mediation is a voluntary process involving the participation of both parties to a dispute and is an alternative to litigation.

The parties/parents are required to attend the sessions together.

Such sessions are facilitated by mediators whose role is to manage the process. The parties are responsible for making all decisions in the mediation session.

The mediators are there to provide information regarding their respective legal responsibilities and rights and to generate options to assist the parties in reaching agreements which are fair and reasonable.

 How is trained to facilitate mediation?

The mediators have completed an accredited mediation training and are usually from either the counseling field or are legally trained. 

 When to use mediation

  • Mediation is a creative and appropriate alternate dispute resolution mechanism in any situation where parties need to reach agreement. Both parties needs to be present. 

  • Mediation is used to establish parental responsibilities and rights of both parents.

  • In the family law context, it is used by parties to negotiate their divorce agreement, to mediate issues that arise post-divorce (e.g. choice of school for their children, revisit maintenance and contact, etc.) and for couples that have never married but need to reach agreement around matters involving children and/or property and financial issues.

  • Family mediation would also be appropriate in more unusual situations.  Examples include, issues between siblings related to the financial support of parents, mediation between a parent and a child who has reached majority (18 years) to work out maintenance, etc.

 Mediation cannot take place if:

  • Parties are implicated  in a court order disputing issues related to the family,

  • Dependant on drug and alcohol,

  • Have criminal record,

  • Involved in domestic violence,

  • Psychological  and neurological difficulties or

  • Suicide attempts.  

If mediation is successful, both parties receive the final documents and can then  be registered at the FAmily advocate's office or through their lawers.   A statement of outcome of mediation will be issued if the mediation is unsuccessful. 

Cost - 2014

Mediation information session for 45 min

R340 (compulsory before mediation sessions can start)

Per mediation session of 90 min

R800 per session (Approximately 3 sessions determing on the family or situation) 


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