Brett Tiernan Groves

Clinical Psychologist

M.A. Clin. Psy. (UNISA)

  • I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference
    Robert Frost

  • "We are so made, that we
    can only derive intense enjoyment
    from a contrast and only
    very little from a state of things."
    Sigmund Freud

  • "The greatest discovery of my generation
    is that human beings can
    alter their lives by altering their
    attitudes of mind."
    William James

Professional Qualifications and Experience

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 and my thesis was written on the basis of Ecosystemic Theory. This interest was largely influenced by my work as a Guidance Counsellor at Kathstan College, where I developed a close rapport with adolescents and 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 entering 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 during my internship at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital, Community Service at Ekurhuleni: Department of Health, as well as Private Practice (recently relocated to 2 Hemyock Road, Plumstead, Cape Town, 7801). 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 Therapeutic Approach

It’s my belief that therapy, at its core, involves the therapist’s creating a contained, supportive and reflective context. In turn this context as well as the use of therapeutic techniques encourage and motivate the client’s exploration of their unique histories, allowing a deeper and meaningful awareness into the self to emerge. Practically the above incorporates an eclectic approach to therapy, where the therapeutic paradigm is selected based upon the needs of the individual (both adults and adolescents), family, or couple. It follows that I provide therapy for a broad range of difficulties that include but are not limited to the list in the box that follows.

Mood Disorders

Depression/Depressive Episodes (Mild; Moderate; Severe); Bipolar Affective Disorder.

Anxiety Disorders

Generalised Anxiety Disorder; Panic Disorder/Panic Attacks; Phobias; Social Anxiety Disorder; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Couples Therapy

Marital Conflict; Infidelity; Physical Abuse/Domestic Violence.

Substance Abuse
Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa; Bulimia Nervosa.


Trauma Debriefing; Acute Stress Disorder; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Bereavement/ Grief Counseling.

Adjustment Problems

Employment difficulties; Stress; Anger Management.

Adolescent Therapy

Emotional and Behavioural Problems; School going difficulties; Bullying; Oppositional Defiant Disorder; Conduct Disorder; Self-mutilation/Cutting; Substance Use/Abuse.

Personality Disorders

Borderline; Narcissistic; Histrionic; Dependent; Schizoid.    

PR NO: 0493635  HPCSA PS 0117650  Cell: 083 388 8173

2 Hemyock Road, Plumstead, Cape Town, 7801