"Psychology is a calling and a passion, not merely a profession."
Dr Brett Roothman is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of professional experience. He has been in private practice since 2001 and works with children, adolescents and adults.
Dr Roothman has been trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches and uses an eclectic approach guided by: the personality style of the individual seeking therapy, the nature of the presenting problem they wish to address and their self identified therapeutic needs and goals. Often research exists which highlights best practice and this too is incorporated when devising a treatment plan. In addition to therapeutic intervention, Dr Roothman enjoys presenting lectures and workshops. He has presented on various topics ranging from cerebral infarction, sexuality post cardiac surgery, mood disorders, communication skills, burnout and the role of neuropsychologist within a multi-disciplinary team. He has also lectured on Neuropsychology at a private university.
Dr Roothman's area of interest:
Having worked in a variety of contexts including hospitals, Spinal and Neuro-Rehabilitation Units and in a tertiary education setting, his clinical experience is varied and includes working with depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders, personality disorders, health psychology, sex therapy, couple therapy, family therapy and bereavement. Paediatric experience includes, but is not limited to, working with ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety and adjustment difficulties.
Dr Roothman has a special interest in neuropsychology. He offers neuropsychological assessment to those who have experienced traumatic brain injury or neuro-cognitive challenges due to illness such as brain tumour or cerebrovascular insult (CVI or stroke).
Burnout refers to a syndrome that is related to occupational stressors. The concepts of burnout and work engagement formed the basis of the research conducted by Dr Roothman for his PhD. These, in conjunction with the concepts of job demands and job resources, remain topics of interest for him. The increasing incidence of burnout worldwide suggests that greater awareness and understanding of the syndrome is indicated.