Dr Mark Groves - Clinical Psychologist
About me...hello, pleased to meet you.
The first thing to say is that I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained to a doctoral level to deliver researched and evidence-based therapy from a variety of therapeutic models. This allows me to tailor therapy to your individual needs. If you want to find out more, I have written a little about how a Clinical Psychologist is different from a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist below.
How is a Clinical Psychologist different?
Clinical Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapies, including CBT and DBT. This allows us to tailor therapy to your specific needs, no manuals! A particular skill for Clinical Psychologists is our training in understanding what is going on for you and why. By being aware of why we are struggling, we can then make steps to overcome those difficulties. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are also qualified therapeutic practitioners but are generally trained in one therapeutic model and not to doctoral level. Psychiatrists are also doctors but they work with people experiencing mental health difficulties using medications to help manage these difficulties rather than talking therapies.
Why do people choose to have therapy?
People look into therapy for a variety of reasons including psychological, emotional, personal or relational difficulties. I am passionate about understanding each person as an individual and tailoring therapy to their unique needs. I have trained in a breadth of psychological models, which allows me to adapt therapy appropriately by selecting the aspects that will be most helpful to you.
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 wellbeing and then find it difficult to identify a way of moving 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 and provide 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.
What to expect from your therapy sessions
I work to provide a safe, contained and confidential space on a weekly basis in which you can share the difficulties you want to work on, at a pace, you feel comfortable, so we can work together towards understanding and change in the direction of your values.
The first session is the assessment and will be slightly longer than a normal session at 90 minutes. This is to give enough time to explore what you have come to therapy for, what you have tried in the past, what helped and what didn't help. At the end of this session, I will try and make some recommendations around what may be most helpful for you. Following our meeting, I'll summarise our conversation in a letter which I will email to you.
After the assessment session, the sessions will be 50-55 minutes. Each person I work with is very different so it is difficult to predict how many sessions will be needed. From a personal perspective, my aim is only to work with a person for as long as it is helpful and to empower the person to leave therapy with the skills they need.
Taking the next steps
I appreciate that looking for a therapist can feel a bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information above will help to answer some of your questions but if you would like to know more, please contact me in confidence via our team at Avenue Therapies by email or phone (020 7112 8834).
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist with over 14 years of experience in health care, social care, and voluntary/charity sectors, including many years of clinical practice in the NHS. I have a broad range of experiences within different multidisciplinary teams and settings and 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 interventions with individuals, groups, families, and multidisciplinary teams. I have supervised others in their psychological work including Assistant and Trainee Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Specialist Pain Nurses.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, The University of Oxford; 2011
Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health Care Practice, Liverpool, John Moores University, 2005
BSc [Hons] Psychology, The University of Liverpool; 2002
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
Behavioural Family Therapy, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust; 2011
Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC): HCPC registration number: PYL27131. Registered from 1st June 2017
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with people experiencing chronic health conditions such as chronic fatigue and chronic pain. I work with young adults and I also offer group work.
I provide a bespoke service that is designed to meet the needs of you. My charges vary depending on the nature of the assessment and any subsequent treatment. For a 90 minute therapy assessment fees range from £140 to £180. Individual sessions range from £100 to £120 and are usually 50 minutes with time for admin at the end of the appointment. I may consider concessions so please ask me. Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more, either by email or phone (020 7112 8834) via the professional and discrete team at Avenue Therapies.