Who we are

Stepping Stones is a member of the highly acclaimed Akeso Group , well known as South Africa’s most extensive behavioural health group of clinics. Akeso is a wholly owned subsidiary of Netcare , the largest private hospital, primary healthcare, emergency medical services and renal care network in South Africa. Whilst we are proud to be backed by South Africa’s healthcare market leaders, Stepping Stones has retained the legacy of our 1996 founders Carrie Bekker and Lady Victoria Spencer. We have that same special charm that has saved the lives of thousands of people from all over the world for over two decades, but we’re even better now.

At the heart of the Akeso treatment philosophy lies the belief that no one should be treated in isolation. As such, treatment programmes are fully integrated, with our multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, general practitioners, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, registered nurses and recovery assistants, all working closely with each client and their loved ones, where appropriate, to ensure the best possible care.

Choosing a Clinic

In recent years we have seen a mushrooming of new rehab facilities around the world, here in South Africa and certainly in Cape Town. With so many options made available on the internet, one can become quite overwhelmed choosing the right one. To help with this, a number of business’s have also proliferated that offer to find a treatment centre for you. When searching the internet, you will come across websites of actual treatment centres and websites of companies that use the same offerings of actual treatment facilities. With clever web optimisation, you may think you are exploring different treatment options but you may be speaking to the same company.

Most, all use the same catchy words like, “holistic therapy, world-class professionals, specialists in psychiatric treatment, individualised treatment and unique continuum of care.” Added to this, attractive activities like game viewing, golfing, spa treatments and lounging in a hammock on the beach may be offered. Whilst there are really great treatment centres and good companies offering authentic, highly professional services, there are also many that don’t. Stepping Stones understands this choice is going to be the most important choice of your life and that you are making it now and never want to do this again and so we’ve compiled some pointers below we hope will help you make the right choice.