The Neurodiversity Centre is situated on a historic farm in the beautiful Groot Drakenstein valley in the Western Cape. We are approximately 15 km from Paarl, 15km from Stellenbosch, and 15km from Franschoek. We also have a satellite clinic in Worcester that extends our service to the Breede River valley, and provides day clinics in Ceres.

Meet the Team

Our multi-disciplinary team of experienced health professionals includes Psychologists, a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, a Developmental Peadiatrician, and a Registered Psychometrist.  All are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, and have additional specialised training in Social Communication Disorders.
Groot Drakenstein Team
  • Ben Truter, MA (Clin.Psych)(UCT)  – Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director 
  • Bianca Kuffner, M.Ed. Psych (US)  –  Educational Psychologist 
  • Juazel de Villiers, MA (Clin.Psych)(NMU) –  Clinical Psychologist 
  • Wynand Gerber, MA (Clin.Psych) (UWC)  –  Clinical Psychologist 
  • Dr Simon Pickstone-Taylor, MA; MBChB; ABPN (Psychiatry and Child &. Adolescent Psychiatry) – Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Adult Psychiatrist 
  • Dr Henriëtte Saunders, MBChB; DCH; MMED(PAED); FCPaed (SA) Cert Dev Paed  – Developmental Paediatrician 
  • Carla van Zijl, Registered Psychometrist and Registered Counsellor
Administrative Support:
  • Ilse Crous (Practice Manager)
  • Adelah Alexander (Office Administrator)
  • Liane Parish (Office Administrator)
  • Annemari Oberholzer (Office Administrator)
Worcester Team
  • Dr Alitha Pithey, MA (Clin.Psych)(NWU); PhD (Psych)(US) – Clinical Psychologist and Worcester Team Leader 
  • Liesl Blomerus, M.A. (Psych)(NWU) – Educational Psychologist
  • Alida Ungerer, M.Soc.Sc (Clin.Psych)(UFS) – Clinical Psychologist
  • Meagan Windvogel, Office Administrator
  • Villieria Bothma, Office Administrator
We offer comprehensive services according to international best practice guidelines:
  • Diagnosis
  • Behavioural Intervention
  • Parental Guidance
  • Psychological Therapy
  • Support Groups
  • Training