Brett Groves – Clinical Psychologist

BA Soc.Sci.  / Dip. Counselling & Communication / Adv. Cert. in Play Therapy / Adv. Cert. in Art Therapy / Dip. Montessori Centre (UK).

My Background

 

I obtained my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at UNISA in 2009. Within my Masters Degree my research interests were focused on adoption in the South African context.

 

Whilst completing my Masters I wrote my thesis on the basis of Ecosystemic Theory. This interest was largely influenced by my work as a Guidance Counsellor at Kathstan College. Here, I developed a close rapport with adolescents and gained an insight into their school going difficulties and dynamics.

 

It was here that I learnt about the importance of crises intervention, the value of Family Therapy, and the gap in treating adolescents.

 

Prior to studying my Masters I also completed a training course with the National Responsible Gaming Programme. Through this course and my subsequent placement as a Trainer in the programme, I gained experience in addiction and a finer understanding of its therapeutic treatment and resolution.

 

Following the period at UNISA I have been responsible for the psychological treatment of psychiatric patients, families, and couples. This was during my internship at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital, community service at Ekurhuleni: Department of Health, as well as private practice (since April 2013).

 

Additionaly, in combination with the practice, my most recent work experience has been for SANCA Horizon – Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centre, as the Consultant Psychologist (working with both adults and adolescents).

My Interests

 

From my experience it is my belief that therapy involves the client’s growth and actualization through a process of gaining insight into their life experiences and their functioning with others.

 

On a practical level this translates into an eclectic approach, which incorporates a range of therapeutic paradigms that can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual, family, or couple.

My Services

 

To this effect, I provide therapy for a broad range of issues that include, but are not limited to:

  • Depressive and Anxiety Disorders
  • Bereavement/Trauma
  • Substance Abuse
  • Adolescent Psychotherapy
  • Marital Discordance
  • Personality Disorders