Following undergraduate training in Psychology and Criminology, I worked at Bethlem Royal Psychiatric Hospital in London (an inpatient child psychiatric unit) in 2011. I registered as a Trauma Counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in 2012 and provided trauma counselling services at the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children in Manenberg, Cape Town.
I completed my Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2014. During this time, I was trained in various modalities of psychotherapy as well as psychological assessment at the UCT Child Guidance Clinic. Furthermore, I completed my master's thesis, titled, My kids are then my life: Mothering in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence, and presented these findings at the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Health Professionals (IACAPAP) Conference in 2014.
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
In conjunction with private practice, I am a Sessional Clinical Psychologist for the Child and Adolescent Foresnic Psychiatric Service at Valkenberg Hospital.
I was based at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital for my clinical internship. I worked at the Female Admissions Unit, as well as Alexandra Hospital (Inpatient Unit and Outpatient Service for adults with comorbid Intellectual Disability and Mental Illness), J2 Psychiatry Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital and Vanguard Community Health Clinic. In collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams, I offered individual, family and group psychotherapy, as well as neuropsychological assessments. As a Community Service Clinical Psychologist, I was employed by the City of Cape Town and worked at five specialized health clinics with clients dealing with HIV and/or TB and comorbid psychiatric conditions.
Within the education setting, I have as a Clinical Psychologist at Cedar House in Kenilworth, Cape Town where I offered psychotherapy services, classroom interventions for children with scholastic / psychological difficulties, as well as implementing mental health awareness and understanding into educational programmes.
I am registered with the HPCSA as a Clinical Psychologist in Independent Practice, and am registered to practice with the Board of Health Care Funders (BHF). I am an associate member of the South African Clinical Neuropsychological Association (SACNA), and Western Cape Association for Infant Mental Health (WCAIMH). I am also a registered Babies in Mind practitioner and a BrainWorking Recursive Therapy Practitioner (BWRT), Level 1. All of these affiliations contribute to my ongoing professional development.
DONITA RODRIGUES | CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
MA. Clin Psy (Cum Laude) (UCT)
Hons BA. Psy (With Distinction) (Unisa) | BA Psy, Crim (With Distinction) (Unisa)
HPCSA PS: 0130 532 | BHF PN: 0675 989