Speech Therapists

Speech Therapist | Somerset West | Et Al Therapy & Learning Centre

Carin W. ten Cate- Senior Speech Therapist 

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1. At which university did you study? I qualified as a speech therapist at the University of Pretoria and followed this up with a post graduate diploma in Pre-primary teaching at Unisa as this age group has always been of interest to me. 

2. When did you join the Et Al team? After working with a variety of different populations I started Et Al Therapy Centre in 2004 in conjunction with an OT, a psychologist and a remedial therapist. In the 14 years that have followed, we have grown Et Al into a Therapy and Learning Centre that focuses on high quality service provision in a teamwork setting. 

3. Which settings do you currently work in? I have worked in schools, pre-schools, playschools, hospitals, care centres and homes. Currently I provide speech therapy services at three large primary schools in the Helderberg Basin as well as various smaller playschools. As I have a lot of experience I also spend a significant amount of time mentoring younger therapists.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job? I love working with school-age children and find working as a team with the teacher and parents highly gratifying. The best thing every day is to see the children’s faces light up when they see me coming to fetch them…

5. Fun fact about you: I am still waiting for the grandchildren I have ordered to materialize therefore I borrow other people’s grandchildren to have fun with!


Julie Beavon- Speech Therapist

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1. At which university did you study? I received a BA in Speech and Hearing Therapy from WITS University in 1991.

2. When did you join the Et Al team? I am a part-time Speech Therapist who joined the Et Al team in 2004.

3. Which settings do you currently work in? I work in a school-based setting with pre-primary and primary school children, in the areas of articulation, auditory perception, language, fluency and voice.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job? I love having the opportunity to help children to develop the vital skills they need for communication in their social and learning environments.

5. Fun fact about you: I love crafting as long as I have a pattern to follow!


Benita Alant- Speech Therapist

1. At which university did you study? I completed a Bcomm in Industrial Psychology in 2011 at the University of Stellenbosch in, before discovering my true passion. I stayed on at Stellenbosch to obtain my Bachelors in Speech and Language Therapy.

2. When did you join the Et Al team? I joined the team in January 2017.

3. Which settings do you currently work in? I provide one-on-one and group therapy at the practise and at various schools in the Helderberg area. I see children with a range of speech and language difficulties and have a special interest in articulation and early childhood intervention (birth to 5 years). I also am involved in training of caregivers and teachers in a community setting. Furthermore, I enjoy working with adults who stutter.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job? The reason why I love my job is best summarised by a quote from Fyodor Dostoevsky – “The soul is healed by being with children”. I love their innocence, honesty and the wonder with which they view the world.

5. Fun fact about you: I am a self-professed crazy cat lady


Courtney de Villiers – Speech Therapist

1. At which university did you study? I qualified with a Bachelor in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Stellenbosch in 2015. I am currently completing my Masters in Early Childhood Intervention through University of Pretoria.

2. When did you join the Et Al team? I am the newest member of the team as I joined Et Al as a full-time speech therapist in September 2018.

3. Which settings do you currently work in? I work at various schools in the area as well as at the Et Al centre. I currently work with children between the ages of 3 and 14 years old, with varying diagnoses of articulation errors, language delays, learning difficulties, dyselxia and autism. I have a special interest in feeding therapy and early intervention with pre-term infants in the NICU.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job? I love working within a team, working on the child holistically while empowering parents to facilitate skills taught therapy within the child’s natural environments and daily routines.

5. Fun fact about you: I love animals and almost studied to become a veterinarian