Our Story

We aim empower children, caregivers and teachers to experience joy and freedom in the daily things they do!

Message from our Founders

Our inception

“Our journey and story start with a simple goal in mind: Become South Africa’s first teletherapy company for children needing developmental and learning support. 

Today, we support more than 200 children and families across Southern Africa, together with an incredibly passionate, multi-disciplinary team of more than 20 therapists. 

Our vision remains the same…continue delivering sustainable healthcare for the African child and family. One that is accessible, affordable and of excellent quality.”

The need we aim to fulfil...

Why MOT?

“The reality in SA is that parents struggle to find and afford a therapist for their child who really needs it. This creates delays in firstly the parents receiving the information they need and the child receiving the intervention at a crucial time in their development. It is estimated that at least 10% of the nearly 7.8 million children of primary school age in SA (7 – 13 years) require therapy support. The number who end up receiving therapy is far less because of the accessibility problem. “

The Geographic Need

Estimated number of children who need therapy support:

of 7,800,000 children
> 0 %
Private vs Public Access

The supply of therapists to support the need in South Africa:

private practice therapists
0 %
The Disparity of Therapy

Number of children who have access to therapy

of the population
< 0 %
The desire to serve

Our duty

“For therapists, like us, reaching the clients that need our services most was limited to where we lived and the jobs available to us. South African therapists have to be hustlers, so we live in the big cities and 75% of us work in private practice (servicing less than 20% of the population) while the rest work in government schools or hospitals. Speaking to other therapists, we realized we all had this nagging feeling that so many children are not receiving the help they need and we didn’t have a way to serve them sustainably.

After winning third place in a Hackathon hosted by the Innovation Edge in 2016, we exploring the use of technology in therapy. This led to testing virtual consults with a therapist’s assistant in an ECD centre in Johannesburg in 2018. 

Since then, we have built our online therapy platform as well as the My Online Therapist community. We aim to continue to grow, using technology and our innate desire as therapists to support our core tenants: accessibility, affordability and quality.  

Renisha and Basheera
Co-Founders of My Online Therapist

Learn about our team

Layla Kamedien Speech Therapist

Layla Kamedien

I am passionate about early communication development, supporting families, language and learning. Communication is a powerful tool in our everyday life that allows us to ...
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Mia Zandberg Speech Therapist

Mia Zandberg

I am a Speech Therapist living in Kakamas and I have experience in the public and private practice settings. I am passionate about early childhood ...
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Mellisa Adonis-Swartz Occupational Therapist

Mellisa Adonis-Swartz

My heart beats for Occupational Therapy and to me, it is not just a job. It’s a calling.  I’m honoured to be able to assist ...
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Minenhle Mthembu Occupational Therapist

Minenhle Mthembu

I work at a special school in Johannesburg and I am passionate about promoting mental health and wellbeing in both children and adults.  I enjoy ...
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Happiness Ngoben Counsellor

Happiness Ngobeni

I am a Registered Counselor and have a Bachelor of Psychology (Cum Laude) Degree.  I am highly motivated and multilingual and this allows me to ...
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Anisha Dhaya Speech Therapist

Anisha Dhaya

I am a bilingual speech therapist living in Cape Town.  I am passionate about working with individuals with stuttering difficulties, and providing therapy in one’s ...
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Karen van der Meulen Occupational Therapist

Karen van der Meulen

I am an occupational therapist with a special interest in children with developmental delays and other learning barriers. I have worked extensively with children who ...
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Kelly Slater Occupational Therapist

Kelly Slater

I’m a passionate Occupational Therapist living in the beautiful KZN Midlands. I have a special interest in sensory processing, developmental delays and school-based barriers. I ...
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Mncedisi Mavimbela Occupational Therapist

Mncedisi Mavimbela

I am an Occupational Therapist who graduated from Stellenbosch University. Currently working in private practice. I am passionate and have special interest in early childhood ...
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Cindy Guercio Counsellor

Cindy Guercio

I am a registered candidate Counsellor with the ASCHP and my interest is in helping people with their lived experience and life’s challenges.  I am passionate ...
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Itumeleng Selinda Counsellor

Itumeleng Selinda

I am a registered counsellor and I also have a background in Narrative Counselling and Christian Counselling. I have served at various organisations across the ...
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Naseeha Suje 2 Occupational Therapist

Naseeha Sujee

I’m passionate about working with children and I have a soft spot for all children including 3 of my own.  I love being a mom ...
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Zulaikha Goolam Speech Therapist

Zulaikha Goolam

I am passionate about working with children with special educational needs and promoting disability inclusion across various contexts. I value technology and that I have ...
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Lize van der Merw Speech Therapist

Lize van der Merwe

I am a bilingual and passionate speech-language therapist as well as qualified teacher.  I have helped hundreds of mothers develop the language and literacy of their children ...
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Ansia Moodley Remedial Teacher

Ansia Moodley

I am a bilingual speech therapist living in Cape Town.  I am passionate about working with individuals with stuttering difficulties, and providing therapy in one’s ...
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Kutlwano Sehoole Counsellor

Kutlwano Sehoole

I am a Registered Counselor and I have experience working with children with learning disabilities and ADHD as well as adults with chronic illnesses.  I ...
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Ingrid Heunis Speech Therapist

Ingrid Heunis

I am a Speech & Language Therapist living in Hermanus and my passion is literacy and helping children with their ability to read and learn.  ...
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Lisa Jacob Occupational Therapist

Lisa Jacobs

I am passionate about working with children who are in the very early years of life.  I have worked in the public, private and community ...
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Tashmira Singh Speech Therapist

Tashmira Singh

I believe in kindness and pinky promises, fairytales and gremlins, wizards and fantastic beasts – but above all, I believe in the magic of Speech ...
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Mickela Crowther Occupational Therapist

Mickela Crowther

I’m a young, enthusiastic occupational therapist living in Cape Town. I’m passionate about working with children who need that little extra support and motivation. I enjoy ...
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Iman Dalwai Speech Therapist

Iman Dalwai

I’m a speech therapist with a special interest in paediatrics. I love that my job allows me to make a difference in children’s lives and ...
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Rebecca Jade Speech Therapist

Rebecca Jade

I am a speech therapist living in Durban. I enjoy working with caregivers and parents as I believe in the importance of early intervention for ...
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