Neuropsychologists are interested in brain-behaviour relationships. We are interested in how the brain works and its influences over human behaviour, cognition, and functioning. A typical neuropsychological assessment provides information regarding cognitive abilities, behavioural, social-emotional, and psychological functioning (see Services).
A neuropsychologist relates these abilities and aspects of functioning to the brain. As neuropsychologist, my goal is to develop an understanding of the nature and origin of the challenges experienced, make a diagnosis (if applicable), and provide specific recommendations for appropriate management and/or treatment. Recommendations may be in the form of continued short-term psychoeducation sessions and/or referral to other specialist clinicians.
I am a registered Neuropsychologist based at Stone Village Wellness in Lakeside, Cape Town. I completed my Masters in Psychology in 2012, specialising in Neuropsychology. Since then I have had the opportunity to work in various settings in and around Cape Town, including Groote Schuur Hospital, Red Cross Children’s Hospital and their Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as in private practice.
I provide assessments for a wide range of conditions. Assessments are often required to make a diagnosis. In the instance where a diagnosis is already known, a neuropsychological assessment is valuable as it can characterise the nature and extent of the challenges experienced.
I offer short-term psychoeducation sessions with clients and families where appropriate following assessment. The goal of psychoeducation is to help the client (and family) understand the condition. This may include talking about the nature, cause, progression, consequences, and available treatment options.
I offer medico-legal assessments. These may be required, for example, when one has to provide information regarding capacity to work following an accident or when there are queries surrounding disability.
Children and adolescents