Ryan Bateman

“Growth occurs when individuals confront problems, struggle to master them, and through that struggle develop new aspects of their skills, capacities, and views about life” – Carl Rogers.

My Story

Hi, my name is Ryan Bateman. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a strong desire to help others in whatever capacity I could. This coupled with my fascination of human behaviour led me to pursue a professional career in clinical psychology. My belief is that every person is strong, resilient, and can make meaning out of their circumstances. However, we all need support and guidance along the way. I value accompanying my clients on their therapeutic journeys by building genuine and trusting relationships that foster growth, self-exploration, and healing.

My journey to becoming a clinical psychologist began at the University of Witwatersrand, where I completed my undergraduate and honours degree in psychology, graduating Cum Laude. Thereafter, I expanded my practical skills and passion for helping others by working at a psycho-social rehabilitation centre. Here, I conducted individual and group facilitations to assist residents in coping with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses. With my passion for the field psychology only fortifying and expanding during this time, I returned to university to continue my studies.

I obtained my Master’s degree in clinical psychology at the University of Pretoria, where I similarly graduated Cum Laude. My experience included primary hospital settings as well as conducting outpatient therapy with community clinics, where I worked with children, adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds.

Furthering my interest in the psychological field, I went on to  work at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria. During this time, my focus was to provide individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults who were diagnosed with a variety of mental disorders. It was here that I learned to hone and refine my skills as a therapist. I was also involved in family and couples therapy, a substance abuse rehabilitation group as well as conducting psychometric and neuropsychological assessments.

Subsequent to working at Weskoppies,  I worked for  the Department of Correctional Services. I facilitated psychological group programmes as well as conducted individual psychotherapy for adolescent and adult male offenders.

About My Service

Within therapy, I predominately work from behaviour-centred modalities, such as CBT, REBT, and DBT. However, I do have training in a variety of different therapeutic techniques, allowing me to tailor therapy to your individual needs. Utilizing a collaborative approach, my goal is to help you to develop from struggles, grow your self-awareness, facilitate improved coping in order to manage life’s difficulties and assist you to reach your optimal mental health. I aim to provide a comfortable, non-judgmental and caring environment where we can begin to explore and work through the challenges you face.

Therapy can be seen as embarking on a journey of self-discovery, personal growth and transformation. I would love to be a part of that journey with you!

My interests include

anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, disorders related to trauma, substance abuse, eating disorders, adjustment disorders, relationship issues, and self-esteem, to name a few.