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Dr. Pieter L Cilliers qualified with an MBChB from Stellenbosch University in 1974 with a distinction in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He subsequently obtained a diploma in anaesthetics (DA) and specialised as a family practitioner (FCFP). He practised as a family practitioner until 1994.

He also passed the Canadian licensing examination (LMCC) to practise medicine in Canada and is registered in the UK as a medical practitioner.


From 1994 to 1998 he specialised in psychiatry at the University of Cape Town (at Valkenburg and Groote Schuur Hospitals) and obtained his Fellowship from the College of Psychiatrists (FC Psych) in 1998. He then started a private practice as a specialist psychiatrist.

Dr Cilliers is interested in general adult psychiatry, specifically in psychopharmacology (psychiatric drugs) and psychotherapy (primarily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

He is experienced in treating Major Depression, Bipolar Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorders (such as Panic Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) as well as psychotic disorders such as Schizophrenia and others.

He has a special interest in adult Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and psychiatric disorders of the elderly such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He is frequently asked to provide second opinions and does extensive work as an expert witness in legal proceedings.

Dr Cilliers underwent personal long-term psychotherapy but practises mainly short-term Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

He attends various courses and local and international conferences every year. He is the founder of the City Bowl Journal Club for a group of colleagues.

He is fully bilingual in Afrikaans and English. He is married and the father of two adult sons.

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