David Groves

Psychologist - David Groves (Rosebery, Alexandria, Zetland, Waterloo, Eastlakes, Botany, Mascot)

David Groves

Clinical Psychology Registrar
Rosebery: Mondays and Tuesdays

Before working as a psychologist, I played music professionally. One thing I learned from this was the importance of listening. I think the best music is made when musicians are listening intently to one another and together crafting meaning out of their musical conversation. My goal is to bring that same philosophy to my practice as a psychologist – it is the client’s unique experiences, feelings, thoughts, and beliefs that should shape what happens in therapy, rather than simply my own theories or preconceptions.

I would describe my personal style as authentic, warm, and non-judgmental. Evidence overwhelmingly suggests that the alliance between therapist and client is more important that the particular approach the therapist uses. I prioritise the therapeutic relationship above the particular method of treatment, and I make a point of formally monitoring the relationship over time.

Having said that, my primary approach is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), but I draw on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Schema Therapy where another approach would better suit the client’s needs. I’ve worked with people experiencing issues such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and personality disorders. I have also published research in the area of anxiety disorders and enjoy keeping myself up to date with the latest research in clinical psychology.

Another aspect of my life as a musician was spending a lot of time around children and adolescents. I have continued that in my work as a psychologist, and I enjoy working with people of all ages. I now have a young family and am currently engaged in navigating the complex world of parenting!  

Phone: 0415 811 277
Email: info@psycspot.org.au

Address: Suite 7 / 61-71 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018 (At The Cannery)
Address: Shop 5 / 659-669 Gardeners Rd, Mascot NSW 2020 (Near Mascot Station)