Dr Mark Groves
3 Montpelier Avenue
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.
I am an experienced trainer and held a training role for a national mental health charity and have delivered training to a variety of audiences and groups of society. 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 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.
The models I work with
As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained in a range of psychological models and it is important that I adapt my therapy to tailor it 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, qualifications & experience
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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 via the professional and discrete team at Avenue Therapies.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday evenings at 6pm and 7pm
Types of client