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External conflict comes to an end with the dawn of internal peace. (David Berceli, PhD)

Vision, Mission and Board

TRE® FOR AFRICA FOUNDATION was  established in 2015 by a group of TRE® Certification Trainers in South Africa in an effort to share this valuable tool with the people of South Africa and throughout the African continent.

South Africa is on the forefront of development in global TRE®. It was the first country to successfully implement a national TRE® Certification track for Providers in 2011 and since then, South Africa has accomplished sustained growth in TRE® Provider training and has substantially increased public awareness.

Our administration is based in Hillcrest, KwaZulu Natal and in addition to KZN we are represented by our Board Members in the Western Cape. (For administrative information, NPO Number etc., please scroll to the bottom of this page)


TRE® FOR AFRICA FOUNDATION aims to support people within South African and the African continent, by providing individuals and communities with the necessary skills to recover and heal themselves following traumatic events.


The Trust will be involved in activities that promote the provision of TRE to all peoples within South Africa and the African continent. This will be accomplished in the following ways:

  • To bring knowledge of and training in the method of TRE to towns, regions, provinces and into other African countries.
  • To establish a group of volunteers among certified TRE Practitioners who can provide disaster relief to people in areas affected by traumatic events.
  • Distribute information on TRE to the public via various media outlets, and arrange events for the public to attend to demonstrate the value of TRE.
  • The Trust will forge connections with Government/NGO departments and structures in South Africa and other African countries to coordinate public awareness workshops.
  • Register with local Government Departments as a provider of health services.

The Trust will work towards providing support to all people within South Africa and the African continent, with the initial specific focus on the following:

  • Introducing high risk groups, which include, among others, members of the police force, emergency workers, social workers, veterans, psychologists, counsellors and volunteers as well as schools and rehabilitation centres to TRE®.
  • Teaching TRE® to vulnerable and abused individuals, survivors of trauma such as natural disasters, violent attacks, home invasions and other traumatic incidents.
  • Seeking collaboration with other NGO’s and NPO’s who can assist in identifying individuals/communities who need this care the most.



LechesasmallHon Lechesa Tsenoli  is currently the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa and has been a public representative for the past 21 years. Prior to this he was the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the Deputy Minister of Rural Development. Before becoming a public representative he was an activist in the leadership of the United Democratic Front, and subsequently the South African National Civic Organisation. He is also a trained Facilitator. He has certificates in Adult Education, Public Policy and Community Development practice. He has a Diploma in International Programme of Organisational Systems Development (2005/6), a certificate in Gestalt Cape Cod Model of Intervention and is an Advanced TRE® Provider and ambassador for TRE®.

“I came to know about TRE from a friend who introduced me to Dr Melanie Salmon at a Gestalt workshop in Cape Town. Melanie invited me to be amongst the first people to be trained as TRE Practitioners by the founder of TRE, Dr Berceli. My introduction to TRE happened at a very appropriate time. I was extremely extended, stressed and certainly heading for burn-out. So, when Dr Melanie Salmon introduced it to me I embraced it fully. My health has definitely improved as a result and I also have a coping strategy for the stress that comes with my job and life generally.

It has been extremely gratifying to hear the relief people speak about after experiencing TRE, especially after initially being skeptical. It has been and continues to be a pleasure to introduce TRE in a variety of places including in government and in NGO’s. There is no doubt that TRE is the best modality to bring relief from tension and stress and the effects of new and old traumatic experiences.”

Desiree English grew up knowing that her career and life purpose would always be deeply connected. Her interest and passion in helping and teaching did not translate into the traditional pathway of teacher or nurse, but instead she has journeyed a 25 year career in the training and personal development field and since 2011 has integrated deeper process facilitation and healing practices into her own life and approach to her work. She is a skilled and experienced facilitator, creating and holding spaces for learning, healing, growth and development of individuals and groups ranging from local government, to corporate and the NGO sectors.

She is also an Advanced TRE PRovider and Certification Trainer trainee and works full time in TRE Practice since early 2015, using her skills and experience in TRE along with Basic Gestalt Counselling and  Quantum Energy Coaching (QEC) to offer an integrative approach to releasing and healing tension, stress and trauma. She is an active member in the TRE community, assisting in the training and supervision of TRE Providers.

Desiree also contributes to the gender reconciliation work of the NPO GenderWorks as a Gender Reconciliation process facilitator and in an operational capacity, promoting and supporting the work of the organisation. She also serves on the GenderWorks Council.

“I am strongly grounded in my purpose of facilitating healing and empowerment within communities, especially working with women and youth. With a strong connection to and belief in the power of doing service, I volunteer some of my time and skills weekly to contribute meaningfully to women’s groups and youth organisations.” 

Susanne Thomas is a TRE® Certification Trainer and Life Coach in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. Her TRE® journey started when she attended David Berceli’s Durban workshop in 2011 and her decision to advance to become a Certification Trainer was a direct result of her own, life changing experience with TRE®. A native German, she lives in SA for more than 20 years, having left a career and business behind to pursue a different way of life. Among her skills acquired while being co-owner of a company in the Music Industry from 1989 to 1996 are international Public Relations, Accounting and Graphic Design/ Marketing. In South Africa she volunteered on a Project serving Durban’s Street Children and facilitated life skills workshops in rural communities. She adopted one and fostered two more children who are now grown up. 

“Teaching TRE® and advancing the public knowledge of the method, as well as sharing new thought and discoveries into the nature of traumatic experience has become my passion and much loved work. TRE® has been the catalyst for change in my life after the loss of my beloved partner of 30 years. Understanding the physiology and neurology of stress and trauma has empowered me and I am most grateful and passionate about giving this tool to others.” 

TRE FOR AFRICA FOUNDATION is a Non-Profit Organisation NPO Number 154-971-NPO – Registered with the Magistrate’s Court in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal  – Letter of Authority/Trust Deed and SARS Registration No IT000156/2015(N). TFA is based in KwaZulu Natal and administered by the Charity Division of EWING TRUST Inc., Hillcrest 3610. PBO Tax exemption and BEE points are given via our Affiliation with AwesomeSA “South Africans Positively Influencing the Future”, a Non-Profit Organization Reg No 059- 801 – Pietermaritzburg KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
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