I am a clinical psychologist, trained in South Africa, who worked in the area of HIV and mental health for a few years before moving to the UK to train as a child/paediatric neuropsychologist.
In the UK I worked at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for five years as a paediatric psychologist with specialist sessions in traumatic brain injury, epilepsy surgery and cancer. During this period I completed the Oxford Diploma in Paediatric Neuropsychology.
In 2008 I moved to London to take up a specialist neuropsychology post at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, working with children, adolescents and adults who were treated with neurotoxic treatments in childhood. This post was situated across different age-specific centers, where I ran specialist neuropsychology clinics at different hospitals, namely Great Ormond Street (children aged 3-12), UCLH Adolescent Unit (children aged 13-18) and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (young adults aged 19 – 25). I thus have experience in neuropsychological testing and treatment across the child and young adult lifespan.
In 2012 I completed a Master’s Degree in Paediatric/Child Neuropsychology at the Institute of Child Health in London. My thesis examined the cognitive and brain sequelae of chemotherapy and radiation treatment in adult medulloblastoma brain tumour survivors who were treated in childhood. I have a strong research interest in the impact of neurotoxic treatments on white matter development, its link to other congenital and acquired neurodevelopmental disorders and the impact of maturational changes during adolescence on coping and learning.
Many young patients had enduring brain injury as a result of their treatment, resulting in a range of neurodevelopmental difficulties. Thus within these specialist clinics we managed and supported a range of neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism, Aspergers, Attention Deficit Disorder and epilepsy. Family support and individual treatment plans were developed to support their learning and development. As a consequence of this varied patient group, the model of assessment and intervention which I developed in the UK can be hugely beneficial across a range of congenital and acquired neurodevelopmental conditions. It can transform the way young people and their family, engage and manage difficulties with learning and emotional coping.
I have also developed a model of therapy specific for adolescents: My six session adolescent coaching integrates the latest research on the cognitive and brain development during adolescence and the emotional changes that occur as a result to help young people and their families to negotiate this challenging stage of transition.
I returned to South Africa in 2014 to start my own practise focusing specifically on children and young adults. I am happy to take on clinical and neuropsychology cases and if you have concerns about your child, please contact me.