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David Cooper

I am Head of Department, Sociology, at the University of Cape Town. I wish to support Mr Yehuda Tagar, in terms of his special skill and expertise. I feel he qualifies for this in terms of these unique attributes which are much needed in our African.

As I will explain below, he has given his professional practice an African framework and context. In the past few years, he has become known throughout South Africa as a wonderful teacher of the practice of Psychopnonetics, and he has trained over 100 people of diverse languages and backgrounds, including in poor areas, to become practitioners.

I myself have undergone three counseling sessions under his principles of Psychophonetics. Not only does this combine therapy with sounds, gestures and visualization – a unique approach which he has himself developed internationally and brought to Africa – but also the aim is to complete the psychological healing in only a few sessions (unlike long forms of therapy in traditional Western psychology). The last point is important, as he is beginning training of practitioners in the African townships, where people are not able usually to afford long periods of extended therapy. Hence his approach has potentially, enormous benefits for ordinary people in our country, who welcome short but intensive treatment to help them deal with the problems and traumas of everyday life in situations of poverty and stress. Moreover, his mode of theraphy with sounds and gestures fits well with traditional African healing and therapy modes.

In the light of above, I feel Mr Tagar has very scarce and much needed skills which our country needs, for both his teaching college and his psychological therapy practices and training.