About Me


I was born and raised in the beautiful Western Cape. The people and children of Cape Town have always been my passion, ever since I can remember. It is little wonder I was drawn into this field of work. I graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2002. After completing my degree I worked at Bloemfontein Hospital as part of my community service. Working there affirmed my calling into this field of helping people. It was probably one of my most humbling experiences, but imparted me with humility and an unreserved heart of compassion. There after, I spent some time at a special needs school in Johannesburg. The school focused on children with Learning Difficulties primarily Dyslexia. These kids crept into my heart and I just knew I wanted to continue working with children, specifically, those who had reading difficulties.

Cape Town was calling and it was time to head back. I started my private practice in 2006. There have been many challenges that came along with it. However, I have learnt that the best way to overcome obstacles is one step at a time. I have thus far accrued fourteen years of experience as a Speech Therapist and over  19 740 hands on clinical hours.

I am a mother of two amazing young boys. Their joy is my joy and their sadness is my sadness. So I fully understand and relate to parents’ plight when they enter my office with concern, anxiety and distress. I currently focus on all disciplines within Speech Therapy. View our range of services here.

The Gillian Adonis Approach

These are the key pillars that I have built the success of my practice on.

  •  Trust: This is built up over time, but it is crucial that my patients trust me.
  •  Authenticity: I am open and honest, holding my patients best interest at heart.
  • Perseverance: I don’t give up on my patients, and I expect the same from them.
  • Supportive: I am able to empathise and sympathise with my patients.
  • Attentiveness: When my patients speak, I listen!
  • Respect: I believe that respect is a fundamental element, in growing an on-going relationship, such as this.
  • Confidentiality: My patients can confide in me and be assured that it remains private.

13 replies on “About Me

  • Anette

    Hi there. My son has audio processing disorder. It causes him to become withdrawn and upset. He used to be in Afrikaans environment. But I have moved him to Cape Town to receive more support. He used to see a practitioner in Paarl once or twice a month as there was no specialists closer to me. I have a medical aid but it covers only a little of the sessions and never covers the full year. I want to be able to pay them off as I am aware that he needs more intensive therapy. Please let me know if you can help me.

    • Gillian Adonis

      As soon as we have your contact detail our receptionist will call you to make arrangements.

  • Joy

    Hi There,

    My son is 7years old and has had a bit of a stutter for some time now. Sometimes its really dominant while at other times its barely noticeable.

    Are we able to bring him in for an assessment?


    • Gillian Adonis

      You are more than welcome to bring him for an assessment. The receptionist will contact you.

  • isabelle

    Hi my grandson is three and he cant talk. He says few words but struggles. He does not make sentences. He understands what you say to him. I’m so stressed.

    Can you please assist me in this matter please.

  • Sergio

    Hi Gillian. I’m a 27 year old male who never stuttered in my life until around the age of 11. I’m 27 now and have been searching for years for ways to stop stuttering because it’s killing my confidence and interfering with my personal life. Is there a way to cure my stuttering and make it go away forever? I will be very glad if you can help me.

    • Gillian Adonis

      Hi Sergio

      We cannot cure your stutter. But we can empower you to control your stutter by using modification techniques.

  • Lee-Ann Maritz


    My name is Lee-Ann, my son is 4 years old and he cannot speak. He only says ma but he fully understands us at home.
    Please forward me your rates, as we don’t have medical aid but he needs helps cause he has developed a temper and gets frustrated when we don’t understand him.

  • Rukshana Dollie-Ismail

    Good Morning. My name is Rukshana and i have a 3 year old daughter who is growing beautifully. however im not sure if its something to be concerned about, she speaks full sentences and does well in playschool. however sometimes she doesnt speak clearly, I have to ask her to repeat what she has just said. its like her tongue is twisted…im not sure how to describe it. But sometimes you cannot make out what she has just said. is it something to be concerned about. kindly assist in this regard. Thank you

  • Leigh-Ann

    My Name is Leigh-Ann, my son is 5 and in grade R he is still having difficulty with pronouncing certain words and I would like to bring him for a assessment.
    Can you please contact with rates and bookings. I have provided my work email as a point of contact.

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