About Me

After graduating as an Occupational Therapist at UCT in 1988, I pursued clinical practice in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation. In 1998 I moved into consulting for insurance companies and legal firms focusing on functional, and in particular, work capacity. I have more than twenty years of experience in the assessment of adults with physical, cognitive and psychological problems.  However, it is mental illness that has continued to be my special interest hence the development of several workshops in recent years.

Workshops are facilitated in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban at conference centres or in-house at clients’ premises.  They can also be facilitated on-line using the Zoom platform.  

Over and above my degree in occupational therapy I am a certified ErgoScience Practitioner and Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) Provider.


  • Bryanston High School : Matric 1984
  • UCT : BSc Occupational Therapy 1988
  • ErgoScience Physical Work Performance Evaluation : 2014
  • Progressive Goal Attainment Programme (PGAP) : 2016
Lesley Burns