Resume of Martinette Pienaar


Special interests

  • Working with children from divorced families
  • Emotional intelligence and the field of positive psychology that is concerned with building strength, resilience and overall success and well being in individuals
  • On the organising committee for EQ 2014: 2nd Emotional Intelligence African Summit, with theme: Emotionally Intelligent Living Today towards a Better Tomorrow



BA (Psychology) (University of Stellenbosch)
BA Honours (Psychology) (University of Stellenbosch)
MA (Clinical Psychology) (NWU: Potchefstroom)

Professional registration

Clinical Psychologist Independent Practice (HPCSA reg. nr: PS0090395) since 2005

Professional membership

  • The Psychological Society of South Africa (PSYSSA)


  • Strengthscope
  • Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i / EQ-i 2.0)
  • Hogan Assessment Suite (includes the HPI, HDS and MVPI)
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI® - Step I and Step II)
  • 16PF 5th Edition Questionnaire (16PF®5)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2
  • The Sandcastles Program ( / – one of only two professionals in South Africa who holds this license
  • Clinical Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy (SASCH)

Research articles

Dissertation: An evaluation of the Sandcastles Program for children from divorced families (2005)

Academic presentations

Standardisation and psychometric investigation of the Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0 in South Africa: International Congress of Psychology (July 2012)


Employment history

(October 2013 – present)

  • Clinical Psychologist in private practice
  • Licensed Sandcastles Program facilitator
  • Consultant trainer for JvR Academy

January 2011 – September 2013

  • Associate and Head: JvR Psychometrics Cape Region
  • Training leader: EQ-i 2.0, 16PF5 and MMPI-2 trainings
  • International relationship manager of Multi-Health Systems (MHS) for JvR Psychometrics
  • Psychometric advisor, consultant and coach

February 2006 – December 2010

  • Sole proprietor: clinical psychologist in private practice.
  • Assessment, diagnosing and treatment of a wide variety of psychological difficulties.
  • Sole psychologist for Intercare Tygervalley Sub-Acute Hospital, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in the rehabilitation of medical inpatients.
  • Consulting psychologist for Stellenberg High School.
  • Affiliate for employee wellness programmes (ICAS, FISHA wellness services).

January 2005 – January 2006

  • Community Service Psychologist: Drakenstein Maximum Security Prison

January 2004 – December 2004

  • Intern Clinical Psychologist: Stikland and Tygerberg Hospitals


Professional experience

  • Coaching
  • Clinical hypnosis
  • Psychotherapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Leadership development
  • Work-fitness evaluations for high-risk occupations
  • Training/workshop development and facilitation
  • Clinical assessments
  • Psychometrics

Coaching experience

  • Consultation and coaching on emotional intelligence and well being;
  • Creating awareness of and optimising strengths to optimise performance and engagement at work, using assessments such as the Strengthscope™;
  • Creating awareness of and management of personality “derailers” and individual specific stress reactions, using assessments such as the Hogan Suite and MBTI.