Dr Mark Groves
I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist with over 14 years of experience in health care, social care, and voluntary/charity sectors, including many years in the NHS. I have have worked with client groups across the lifespan, presenting with the full range of mental health problems. This includes; stress, adjustment to loss, identity and self-esteem issues, depression, psychosis, bipolar affective disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma, personality disorders, substance misuse problems, self-harm, and suicidality. I have also worked with people with physical health problems and physical disabilities, including chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. I have delivered psychological therapy with individuals, groups, families, and multidisciplinary teams.
I have supervised other professionals in their psychological work and offer private clinical supervision using mainly ACT and CBT. I am an experienced trainer and have delivered training to a variety of audiences and groups. I have delivered training in my NHS roles, to Trainee Clinical Psychologists during their Doctoral training, and recently at the British Rheumatology Society’s annual conference.
I am currently working in the NHS with people living with a diagnosis of cancer and their families too.
I believe that people are the expert of their own experiences but challenging life events can mean that any one of us can develop difficulties with our mental health and then find it difficult to identify a way forward. At these times, I am passionate about offering my expertise as a Clinical Psychologist, combining this with the individual’s expertise about themselves, to support them to make meaningful changes in their lives. I want to support the people I work with to challenge the stigma that can often be attached to a mental health difficulty. I believe in providing a framework for them to develop a perspective of a mental health struggle as an understandable reaction when considered within the context of their life experiences.
I understand that seeking psychological therapy can be daunting and scary, so my initial aim for everybody I see is to develop a trusting relationship with them. This allows us to work openly and develop a plan together for moving forward, which is meaningful to the individual. Experiencing a mental health difficulty or living with a chronic condition can be all consuming and I have hope for everybody I work with that change is possible.
The Models I Work With
As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained in a range of psychological models and will adapt therapy to the person that I am working with. My main interest and clinical experiences are in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) but I also draw upon a range of models dependent upon the individual’s needs. My main focus is always upon developing a shared understanding of the person’s difficulties, which gives us a plan for moving forwards.
Training and Qualifications
- ACT for Trauma, Contextual Consulting, London; 2018
- Clinical Supervisor Workshop, IoPPN, London: 2018
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Guys and St Thomas, NHS Trust; 2016
- Trauma and Psychosis; reflections on the atest developments; Lincoln, British Psychological Society, 2013
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, The University of Oxford; 2011
- Behavioural Family Therapy, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust; 2011
- Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health Care Practice, Liverpool, John Moores University, 2005
- BSc [Hons] Psychology, The University of Liverpool; 2002
- Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC): HCPC registration number: PYL27131.