DR DONNÉ MINNÉ
CLINICAL NEURO-PSYCHOLOGIST & PSYCHOTHERAPIST
As a licensed clinical neuropsychologist and researcher, I have a deep interest in the emotional brain and embodied mind. I work with a broad range of clients, including those experiencing emotional suffering and feelings of anxiety, shame, depression and anger, and also individuals with brain injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. I enjoy the collaborative nature of psychotherapy and being part of the journey to living a happier, freer, and more real and fulfilling life.
My service offering includes neuropsychological assessment, neuro-rehabilitation and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This is a form of therapy that seeks to better understand both conscious and unconscious motivations and behavioural patterns that have served a purpose in coping with difficult and conflicting feelings. I have a special interest in the developing brain, and adolescent and young-adult mental health.
For clients seeking neuropsychological assessment, I offer cognitive evaluation to aid diagnosis and treatment planning. This includes an assessment of functions like memory and attention, logical reasoning, insight and so on, and deficits like impulsivity. As part of my rehabilitation services, I work with neurological clients to support the unique difficulties that come with neuropsychological conditions, including grief and loss, emotion and mood regulation and chronic pain.
In addition to my clinical practice, I teach the neuroscience of emotion and the basic neurobiological foundations of personality. I am also involved in research at Cape Peninsula University of Technology on the role of stress in Alzheimer’s disease, as well as studies that investigate emotional and neuro-cognitive outcomes in Covid-19 and their relation to inflammation, oxidative stress and biomarkers of neuro-degeneration.