Philip van Rensburg
My name is Philip van Rensburg, I am from a town called George in the Western Cape. I am from a farming family who also have their own business, which I have worked in from a young age. Thus, I have had a good work ethic from as early as I can remember because of the time spent working in our local family butchery. My biological family consists of five members: my parents, my two sisters, and myself. I have been married since 2016 and we have a 2 year old little girl.
I have been fortunate enough with my experience thus far that I have worked with patients from all age ranges. The settings I have worked in ranges from working in hospitals to schools. Thus, I am comfortable in working with children as young as 4-5 years of age to individuals in their more advanced stage of development.
Furthermore, as a result of the settings and individual cases I have worked with I am comfortable in working with a wide range of mental disorders. These disorders include, working with autistic individuals, anxiety based disorders, mood disorders (both depressive and bipolar related), trauma related disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, substance related disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders (specifically ADHD) and conducting neuropsychological assessments as well as career based assessments.
I work mainly within the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy modality, more specifically I have been trained in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. I also have been trained in humanistic based therapy which forms the foundation of building a relationship with a patient. Other modalities which I also at times utilise in order to support a client with a certain aspect in therapy where they might feel stuck, include Narrative Therapy and Transactional Analysis. I am also trained and certified as a Tomatis practitioner and I have had training in conducting the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory.
My vast array of knowledge from these settings as well as my adaptability, I believe makes what I can offer unique. From working with children in schools to working in hospital settings where I have worked in oncology, neuro and psychiatric departments I have had experience in working with individuals from all walks of life. I come from a farming background and a family business environment where working hard and ensuring the customer is provided with the best possible service has been a part of my life since a young age and I believe this ethos is another important characteristic of myself. I am passionate about what I do and I want to be the best at what I do as far as is realistically possible.
As a clinical psychologist I fulfilled several duties in different positions. A more thorough explanation of my duties in each position I have held will be discussed under my career history. However, in this section my main duties and responsibilities will be listed below:
Assessing, diagnosing, and intervening in clients dealing with life challenges, particularly those with developmental and forms of psychological distress and/or psychopathology; identifying psychopathology in psychiatric disorders, and psychological conditions; identifying, and diagnosing psychiatric disorders and psychological conditions; applying evidenced-based psychological interventions to people with psychological, and psychiatric conditions; referring clients to appropriate professionals for further assessment or intervention;
Working as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside doctors, nurses, social workers, education professionals, health visitors, psychiatrists and occupational therapists;
Advising on the development of policies, based on various aspects of psychological theory and research; managing, and evaluating programmes dealing with psychological, and psychiatric problems;
Providing mentorship with regard to my experiences in clinical psychology to fellow clinical psychologists;
Conducting psychological practice, and research in accordance with the Ethical Rules of Conduct for Practitioners registered under the Health Professions Act, 1974; adhering to the scope of practice of clinical psychologists;
Providing expert evidence and/or opinions;
I also conducted psychological assessments on patients and wrote reports;
I also worked in the neurology ward where I gained some valuable neuropsychological experience.
I worked within a forensic setting where I was part of a multidisciplinary team where we had to conduct psychological assessments and provided expert opinions with regard to forensic assessments.
Assessing and evaluating individuals ranging from school going years through adulthood with regard to their current issues and responsibilities. I also helped in training all relevant support staff in the early identification and support of psychological barriers to development and functioning.
Gave guidance to relevant support structures on how to manage clients who have been identified as experiencing psychological barriers to development and functioning.
Through the help of some other role players I developed and implemented preventative programmes for clients and their support structures where we tried to prevent psychological barriers further impeding development and functioning.
Gaining knowledge regarding national and provincial legislation, policies and regulations which affects my field of expertise.
Focus on inclusive policies and guideline documents with regard to the current social system.
Having an analytical view as well as diagnosing and evaluating methods and processes.