Who We Are
“Our relationship lives in the space between us – it doesn't live in me or in you or even in the dialogue between the two of us – it lives in the space we live together and that space is a sacred space.” –Martin Buber.
Mental health is crucial to employee wellness and organizational success.
The Space Between Us is a psychologist-led company that approaches mental health pre-emptively and from an African perspective. We provide innovative tools, using technology, to support young professionals in the workplace to connect, relate and engage meaningfully and proactively with their mental health; ultimately building their mental resilience.
Our team of African psychologists provides high-quality clinical support, insights and training, drawing on their shared lived experiences with our clients.
Our vision is a world where Mental Health is everyone’s business so that every person understands why mental health is core to their own wellbeing. We believe that mental health skills and strengthening relationships between people will ensure that mental illness is pre-empted and effectively managed in every sphere of society.
To this end, we are a catalyst for the creation of thriving workforces and sustainable businesses. We partner with employers to create safe spaces for young professionals to engage with themselves and colleagues to share their perspectives and learn skills to proactively manage their mental health.
To raise awareness of the importance of mental health, we partner with the Rafedile Group, which bridges the gap between public and private education by providing remedial Mathematics and Science lessons to Grade 8 to 12 learners from disadvantaged communities in Ekurhuleni’s Townships.
Aligned with our pre-emptive mental health approach, we support Grade 11 and 12 learners through a programme that creates mental health awareness and understanding and establishes a peer support system of like-minded teenagers.
To date 120 students have completed the program.
Going forward, we would like to work towards ensuring the availability of a primary mental healthcare person in every school across the country. We believe that if we fail to intervene in mental health matters as civil society, we risk South Africa’s future prosperity.
The Space Between Us is supported by a diverse network of associates which includes psychologists, marketing experts and software development partners. Our founders boast diverse complimentary skills bringing the best of both worlds to our business.
Linda holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal specialising in couple and family therapy, an Honours in Psychology and Social Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Business Strategy for HR Leaders qualification from INSEAD. She is also a trained Imago, HOCI and relational life therapy couple therapist.
Linda is a registered clinical psychologist whose purpose is to help people live their most connected lives. She is a passionate, practical thinker with over 20 years of experience as an executive in strategic human resources and a clinical psychologist in private practice. In the corporate world, she has proven her value as a strategic advisor and problem-solver.
Linda is a mental health activist whose dream is to ensure access to all mental health services. Her clinical specialisation is working with partners who would like to reconnect and deepen their relationships.
Andrew is a fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa. He completed the General Management Programme at Harvard Business School in the United States and a customised Old Mutual course in Distribution Channels from INSEAD Business School in France. He graduated cum laude with a BSc in Actuarial Science from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He further holds the Certified Director qualification from the Institute of Directors in South Africa (IoDSA).
Andrew’s career has given him uniquely varied executive and technical experience in life insurance, unsecured lending, short-term insurance, and asset management. He has excelled in general management roles of well-established business units in South Africa and led several business units of his former employer’s Namibian business. His most recent corporate role was as CEO of a small life insurance company. He is also on the board of directors of several companies.
Andrew believes that new technologies, leadership styles, ways of working and partnerships create exciting opportunities that many corporates are not embracing. He looks forward to taking advantage of these opportunities to solve real problems in South Africa and the rest of Africa and to contribute to meaningful, bona fide transformation.