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Registered Psychologist

David Groves

Msc Clin Psych | GDip Psych | BA Psych | Msc Mus | BMus

Personal Statement:

Before training as a psychologist, I worked as a musician and music tutor. One of the most important aspects this job is listening: When attuned to your fellow musician, the music you create together becomes like a meaningful and unique conversation rather than a rote performance. I hope to bring the same approach to my work as a psychologist, using careful listening as the first step in setting the course of therapy.

David is an authentic, warm, and non-judgmental therapist. He lays importance on the emphasis of the therapeutic alliance and connection he has with his clients.

David’s primary approach is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), but he integrates other modalities such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic therapy (PDT) where this would better suit the individual. He works with adults, children, and adolescents. He tailors his approach to each unique individual, working across a spectrum of difficulties, including adjustment difficulties, stress, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder, and personality disorders.

 

David plays an integral role as a part of the cognitive testing clinic team at Breakthrough Psychology Practice alongside the other Psychologists and Director. He conducts psychometric testing for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disorders (i.e., reading, writing, and math difficulties and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

 

Aside from his experience in private practice, he has worked in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings and at a university clinic. He has published multiple academic articles in the area of anxiety disorders and enjoys keeping up with the latest research in psychology. More recently, he has attended training in the areas of Cool Kids program (for anxiety in children and adolescents), the Zones of Regulation program (for emotion regulation in children), and has learnt how to administer the ADOS (a tool for assessing autism spectrum disorder).

 

Outside of work, he still enjoys playing music, as well as reading, drinking coffee, and most of all, spending time with his family.

David is available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 11am-7pm.