Esté Marais

People’s stories inspire me, and I have a huge heart-listening heart that is forever changed by every interaction I have with the person brave enough to share their story. 

Forever changed by every interaction I have with the person brave enough to share their story. 

My love for children has driven me to get to know parents. Parents are tools that equip children. When I can implement good parenting skills into one parent, I can add value to the life of at least one child. 

For some, parenting comes naturally, others just need guidance. All of us are influenced by the way we were raised. Does that need to become the platform from which we raise our children? It doesn’t have to be. 

As I journey with parents, other concerns raise to the surface, like challenges in the marriage, depression, addiction or trauma. We then work through any challenge, for I am a firm believer that one cannot ‘pour from an empty cup’. 

My interest include helping divorcing or separating parents, to stay child-focused. If parting is unavoidable the aim is do so in the best possible way. The impact of divorce on children can be minimised and hopefully barely evident.

There is LIFE after divorce, both for the parents and children. And sitting together at your child’s next birthday party as respectful parents might just be possible. Let’s work through this with the child’s best interest at heart.

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Courses | Training

Accredited by the University of Pretoria, we offer specialised training in a narrative approach that is generally described as pastoral but non-doctrinal in nature. A narrative approach also has application in coaching, mentoring, facilitation, mediation and organisational development.

We’ve offered pastoral and narrative therapy training for the past two decades.

Most programmes are accredited by the University of Pretoria.
Pastoral Narrative Therapy
Continued professional development
Practitioner superivsion
Seminars and workshops



Campuses | Learning sites

Pretoria (Main Campus)
Constantia Kruin (West Rand)
Kempton Park (East Rand)
Durbanville (Cape)
George (Western Cape)
Mossel Bay (Western Cape)
Lydenburg (Mpumalanga)

Global online (Blended Learning)

Make a difference

Tax deductible donations
Seeds of hope
Professional seeds
67 Minutes – Mandela dayCorporate social investment
Skills development levy

Let’s get in touch!

Head office (Pretoria)


Welcome to an embracing fellowship that offers hope.

Situated in Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria, South Africa, Coram Deo offers training in pastoral narrative therapy and professional counselling services made cost effective by the generosity of our donors and partner therapists and other professionals.


Coram Deo Pastoral Centre (NPC)
Registration no. 2003/007191/08

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