About Us

Coming Alongside You with …

Compassionate Caring

Therapeutic Excellence

Holistic Spirituality

Faith Based Wellbeing

Reputable Counsellor Training

We believe that the central and pivotal mode of care-giving and training  is “Paraklesis”  – coming alongside.

The concept is derived from the Greek term for the Holy Spirit (Parakletos), the Counsellor, the  Helper, the Advocate and Comforter. The Holy Spirit is the primary Helper (Counsellor) who facilitates spiritual and personal development in people and helps them to grow into wellbeing and equips them for service.

Emulating this, we want to come alongside people in need.

Dr Mervin is a psychopharmacologist, counselling therapist and educator. He offers professional counselling therapy for individuals, couples and families, specialising in helping people with medication related counselling issues. Counselling is done from an integrative faith-based approach and a Christian worldview, but individuals own believe systems are always respected.

Paraklesis also offers personal and spiritual enrichment opportunities; marriage, family and relationship courses; lay counsellor training; and counsellor supervision.





... is derived from the Greek “parakletos”, the word used for the Holy Spirit as Helper, Counsellor, and Comforter (John 14: 25, 26). Parakletos literally means: Advocate... one called or sent for to assist another; an advocate, one who pleads the cause of another, one present to render various beneficial service (Analytical Greek Lexicon  1973:303)

Paraklesis Counselling

... was founded in 1992 by Dr Mervin and Hildegard van der Spuy to provide compassionate caregiving with therapeutic excellence. Together they’ve presented the Paraklesis training, courses and seminars. Dr Mervin has provided professional counselling/therapy in his private practice while pursuing his career as a professor of counselling psychology.