About

 

As an agency we strive to provide high quality neuropsychological services. In order to achieve this, we contract with psychologists dedicated to client care, personal growth, and developing the field of neuropsychology.

Our office manager is Deidre Swano. She is responsible for the smooth and efficient running of the agency. 

Should you require an appointment, or have any queries regarding the services our contracted psychologists provides, Deidre will most likely be your first point of contact. 

Catherine Govender
Director / Clinical Psychologist

MA Clin Psych (UPret); PhD Psych (UNISA)
HPCSA: PS 0090018 Practice Number:0226173

Catherine Govender is a Clinical psychologist with a special interest in neuropsychology. She has 12 years of experience in neuropsychological assessment and research, as well as  teaching university students about about brain-behaviour relationships.

 

Catherine works from a systems approach, in order to assist individual clients and their significant others to  understand the impact of atypical brain functioning and/or brain changes. Understanding brain injury does not always bring about change, so her work also focuses on the practical steps needed to participate in activities of daily living for those affected. Additionally she focusses on assisting client's and their families in regulating cognitive and emotional responses, in order to assist you in gaining optimal quality of life.

Peta Wills

Director / Clinical Psychologist

MPsych Clin (UWC)

HPCSA: PS 0106984 Practice Number: 0639591

Peta Wills is a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in working with individuals, and their families, who have had a traumatic brain injury, such as a stroke or head injury. Through the process of neuropsychological assessment and transparent feedback, regarding cognitive strengths and weaknesses both the client and family can develop insight.

In regards to psychotherapy Peta predominantly works within a dialectical behaviour therapy framework. She has a special interest in working with individuals who have had a brain injury, as well as other forms of trauma, including acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Daniel Sher
Clinical Psychologist
MA Clin Psych (UCT)
PS 0130656 Practice Number: 0771562

Daniel is a clinical psychologist with a special interest in neuropsychology, providing neuropsychological assessments for those who have experienced (or are experiencing)

brain changes and brain-based disorders. This includes diagnoses such as possible stroke, head injury, and other neuro-cognitive disorders. 

 

Daniel also provides psychotherapy for a broad range of psychological difficulties. Specific interests include the treatment of male sexual dysfunction, sleep disorders, and medical psychology, with a specific interest diabetes and the psychological conditions that may arise as a result of this illness. In therapy, Daniel works primarily from a psychodynamic perspective. When indicated, Daniel also draws on techniques based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-based interventions."

Abigail Wilson
Clinical Psychologist

MA Clin Psych (UCT)

Abby is a Clinical Psychologist with a keen interest in adjustment issues and navigating life transitions such as post-operative or medical event, change in career, relationship difficulties, grief and bereavement, as well as body image concerns and the treatment of psychiatric conditions related to medical illness.


A curiosity with how we each come to be the unique person we are informs both Abby’s
psychotherapy practice and personal life. She works from a psychodynamic approach to strengthen the self, increase resilience and actualise one’s potential. In addition, she draws on a range of skills based modalities according to the individual client’s needs.

Hetta Gouse
Clinical Neuropsychologist

MA Neuro Psych (UCT); PhD (UCT)

Hetta is a neuropsychologist and researcher with a special interest in HIV-associated
neurocognitive disorders (HAND), traumatic brain injury, and occupational functioning
secondary to neurological disorders. As a clinician she has a special interest in psycho-legal assessment for individuals who have experienced a traumatic brain injury. Her PhD focused on neuropsychological, behavioural, and functional predictors of outcome in traumatic head injury in litigants. 

As Chief Research Officer in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, she is investigating providing better health care services to people living with HIV, and the effects of chronic conditions HIV, diabetes and hypertension on driving ability in professional drivers.

Kim Bailley
Clinical Psychologist

MA Clin Psych (UCT)

HPCSA: PS 0127418 Practice number: 0694134

Kim Baillie is a Clinical psychologist with a special interest in neuropsychology. She has a background in Research and Clinical psychology, spanning the past 10 years, working and teaching at university level. Aside from a focus on working with individuals with a diagnosis of epilepsy, Kim has a particular interest in developing emotional literacy and regulating emotions within clients.

Therapeutically, she draws on techniques such as mindfulness, to assist in ‘slowing down’ the often immediate and automatic emotional responses (the ‘fight or flight’ emotions) that the brain has learnt in order to cope with difficult emotions in life. She does this with an aim to create a more conscious and healthy connection to the emotional experience that a person is having.

Marina Lawrence
Clinical Neuropsychologist

MA Neuro Psych (UCT)

Marina completed her masters in Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town. She conducts neuropsychological assessments with both adults and children suffering from the effects of brain injuries or illnesses (i.e. from developmental abnormalities, stroke, head injury or neurodegeneration). Marina also has an interest in Autism, as this was the focus of her research.

 

Marina adapts each neuropsychological assessment to best suit the patient's needs, based on the medical and psychiatric history provided. She uses these assessments to assist with diagnoses as well as areas of strength and weakness. Marina tries to involve individuals as well as their families when feeding back information, to ensure that the nature of the neuropsychological difficulties and their effects is better understood.

Gosia Lipinski
Clinical Neuropsychologist

MA Neuro Psych (UCT); PhD (UCT)

Gosia is a clinical neuropsychologist and a sleep scientist. She predominantly sees adults who have experienced a brain injury. She has experience working with a very broad range of pathologies including but not limited to stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementias, infectious diseases of the central nervous system, metabolic conditions affecting the brain, cancer, and epilepsy.

 

In addition to working with adults, she also sees children with brain injuries or neurodevelopmental difficulties. She believes that it is critical for patients and their families to understand their brain injuries to be able to implement practical solutions as well as come to terms with the changes that follow such an injury.

Tania Pomario

Clinical Psychologist

MA Neuro Psych (UCT) MPsych Clin (UWC) 
HPCSA: PS 0102393 Practice number: 0332429

Tania has a  special interest in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation following brain injury. She specialises in the assessment of dementia, as well as other neurodegenerative disorders, head injury and neuropsychiatric disorders.


Tania works predominantly from a rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) approach, a form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). She also offers focussed behavioural interventions, which can be helpful to assist families in managing difficult behaviour secondary to intellectual disability, head injury and dementia.

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