• “We know what we are, but know not what we may be“ (William Shakespeare)
  • “Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present” (John Maxwell)
  • “The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing“ (Sigmund Freud)
  • “We fear to know the fearsome and unsavoury aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves“ (Abraham Maslow)
  • “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves“(William Shakespeare)
  • “The last of human freedoms - the ability to choose ones attitude in a given set of circumstances“ (Viktor Frankl)
  • If we are growing, we are always going to be outside our comfort zone (John Maxwell)
  • When I look at the world I am pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic (Carl Rogers)


Renata cropped copyDr Renata Schoeman (MBChB, MSocSc, MMed, FC Psych, PhD, MBA)  has been in full-time private practice since 2008. She practises as a general psychiatrist (child, adolescent and adult psychiatry) and has special interests in cognition (i.e. disorders affecting attention, concentration, learning and memory – such as ADHD and dementia), eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and obesity), mood disorders and anxiety disorders.

Renata also holds appointments as senior lecturer in Leadership (University of Stellenbosch Business School) and as a virtual faculty member of University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development’s  Neuroleadership programme. She is actively involved in student supervision, various research projects, training of general practitioners and peers, and community lectures. She serves on the advisory boards of various pharmaceutical companies, as a director of the Psychiatric Management Group (PsychMG) and is the co-convenor of the South African Society of Psychiatrist (SASOP) special interest group for adult ADHD. Renata is a co-founder and director of the Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation (www.gb4adhd.co.za).

Renata is frequently asked to provide second opinions and does extensive medico-legal work. She frequently attends, and contributes to, both national and international congresses and has published in various journals. During her post-graduate studies, she trained for a period at Harvard, Boston in neurocognition and neuroimaging. She served on the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Stellenbosch.

She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as well as the General Medical Council (UK).

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What is psychiatry?

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental disorders such as mood disorders (e.g. depression and bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, cognitive disorders (e.g. concentration and memory problems, which include dementia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), psychotic disorders (e.g. psychosis), eating disorders (e.g. bulimia and anorexia), and substance abuse disorders.

Mental disorders are diagnosed in accordance with criteria listed in diagnostic manuals such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association, and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), edited and used by the World Health Organization. Diagnosis is not done to “label” an individual, but to enable accurate and thorough treatment according to recognised guidelines.

What is a psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a qualified medical doctor who has obtained additional qualifications to become a specialist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness and emotional problems. Psychiatrists view illness in an integrated way by taking into consideration the related aspects of the body, the brain, and the mind.

How can we help you?

Dr Renata Schoeman does clinical assessments of children, adolescents, and adults for diagnostic and treatment purposes. She also provides second opinions and is available for medico-legal work.

She is highly experienced in treating

  • Mood disorders (such as major depressive disorder and bipolar mood disorder)
  • Anxiety disorders (such as panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia)
  • Eating disorders (such as bulimia, anorexia and obesity)
  • Cognitive disorders (such as ADHD and dementia)
  • Neuropsychiatric disorders and fibromyalgia


Dr Renata Schoeman strongly believes in a holistic (bio-psycho-social) approach: medication is not the only answer! Thoroughly assessing the patient and their problem in the context of their medical and psychological history and present circumstances is integral to the patient’s mental wellbeing.Patients are active participants in the process of healing and personal responsibility is encouraged. Compliance with medication is important, but a healthy lifestyle, addressing the life stressors, and psychotherapy is strongly recommended. Patients can be treated as outpatients, or admitted to hospital if need be. She believes in individualised care – no two patients are alike.


Dr Renata Schoeman is academically active with extensive involvement in training of students, general practitioners, peers, and allied healthcare professionals. She is passionate about corporate mental health awareness and uses her neuroscience background to assist leaders in equipping them to become balanced, healthy and dynamic leaders that take their own and their team’s emotional, intellectual, social health and physical needs into account. She enjoys research and collaborative work, has published in many peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at local and international congresses. She is regularly invited to present at conferences and to engage with the media and has received the Excellence in Media Work award from SASOP. She was a BWASA Business Woman of the Year finalist during 2016. Renata is available for corporate training, educational presentations, and workshops on mental health issues, neuroscience, and leadership.

Research experience and interests

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
Corporate mental health awareness, including the prevention and management of burnout
The neuroscience of leadership
Pain and depression
Genetics, depression and nutrition
Neuropsychological functioning of traumatised adolescents
Cognition and facial processing in schizophrenia
Bilingualism and psychosis
HIV neuropsychology
Depression in brain tumours
Social anxiety disorders
Clinical trials: various psychiatric disorders



Carin Burger

Office Manager and Receptionist

Liezl Scholtz


Francis Meyer




To arrange an appointment with Dr Schoeman, please contact us at

Oude Westhof Practice

Office hours 9am-5pm (Fridays 9am-1pm)

Tel 021 913 1868
Fax 086 458 5693
Emergencies 083 589 6988

4 Oude Westhof Medical Suites
Van Riebeeckshof Road
Oude Westhof, Bellville

Accounts and fees

Direct payment arrangements are in place with Fedhealth, Bonitas, Metropolitan and Discovery Health and certain closed schemes administered by Discovery Health.
For private patients and other medical schemes: the practice charges private fees as proposed by Healthman Psychiatry Costing Guide. Any shortfall will be for the member’s account.

Direct claims will only be done on proof of sufficient funds
Enquiries: Liezl Scholtz
Office hours 9am-5pm
Tel 021 979 0652