Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have specialised in the treatment of mental illness. They often use medication to treat their patients, but are also able to offer psychotherapy. They are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa under the specialist register.
Dr Theona Ballyram qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Pretoria in 2004. She obtained her medical degree with several distinctions and then went on to specialise in psychiatry at the University of Limpopo. She obtained her Master of Medicine degree in Psychiatry with distinction in 2010 and received the Director's award for the best post graduate student in psychiatry. She followed on to graduate from the College of Psychiatrists of South Africa in 2011 and was awarded the Novartis medal for the most outstanding psychiatry graduate of 2011. Dr Ballyram participated in a leadership course for young psychiatrists in Nairobi in 2011. She later obtained a certificate from the American College of Independent Medical examiners for training in the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment in a medico-legal setting. Dr Ballyram is patient-centred and holistic in her practice of medicine. She is an advocate of the bio-psychosocial approach to mental health with an additional focus on spiritual and cultural dynamics which are woven into the very fabric of our diverse South African society. Dr Ballyram considers psychiatry to be a marriage between science and art, hence she is trained and experienced in the science of pharmacotherapy and skilled in the art of psychotherapy. She endeavours to create trusting therapeutic relationships. As a firm believer in the mind-body-spirit paradigm, Dr Ballyram also facilitates personal growth, self-empowerment and healthy living. Dr. Ballyram has active registration with the following organizations: - Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) - College of Psychiatrists of South Africa (CMSA) - South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) - South African Medico-legal Association (SAMLA) - South Africa Sexual Health Association (SASHA) - South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)