#383 – Developments in Neuropsychotherapy with Pieter Rossouw

Pieter Rossouw



Pieter J. Rossouw, MClin Psych, PhD, MAPS, MCClin is the Director of the Mediros Unit for Neuropsychotherapy – a company that provides training in Neurobiology and Neuropsychotherapy. He also teaches at the University of Queensland in the School of Psychology and the School of Social Work and Human Services and is the Director of the Master of Counselling Program. Currently he is involved in full time teaching and research in the fields of neurobiology and neuropsychotherapy as well as clinical training for clinicians, psychologists and general practitioners.

Pieter has been in private practice for the past 25 years. Pieter holds Honours Degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a Master Degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD. Pieter is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Pieter was a Professor in Clinical Psychology at in South Africa and also taught at Universities in Canada and Holland. He also spearheaded a Psycho-Therapeutic Assistance Program to support people being exposed to trauma. He provided Mental Health training for GP’s for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Pieter specialises in Neuropsychotherapy and is an expert in anxiety and mood disorders. He has published 5 Scientific Books and 50 scientific articles. He has been involved in research in extensive clinical trials and presented research papers at 40 International Conferences worldwide. He is passionate about teaching – and in 2012 was the recipient of The University of Queensland Faculty of Behavioural Sciences prestigious award for Excellence in Teaching. He provides global leadership in counselling and is invited on regular basis as keynote speaker at leading international conferences.

He is a member of the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the International Association for Family Therapy and the Professional Association for Drug and Alcohol Workers, the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society and the Board of the Neuropsychotherapist with fellow researchers Allan Shore, Louis Cozolino, Todd Feinberg and Georg Northoff. He serves as member of the Large Scale Brain Networks Interest Group of the Queensland Brain Institute. He is the chief editor of the International Journal for Neuropsychotherapy. Pieter is also the editor of a bi-monthly e-journal, Neuropsychotherapy in Australia – a publication of the Unit for Neuropsychotherapy.

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  1. Russel
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi Dr Dave
    I really enjoyed this interview. There was so much rich food for thought that I’ve listened to it three times already!
    It was confronting to realise that I still belonged to an antiquated population that often describe mood disorders and psychosis as a “chemical imbalance “. It’s unusual for an academic paper or interview to fundamentally turn old patterns of thinking on their head. This interview had that effect for me and hopefully others.
    I hope it will pave the way for other such interviews in the area and I look forward to hearing much more from Dr Rossouw.
    By the way, I have tried to find the Charlie Rose brain interviews that you mention but it would seem they are not available outside of the USA at this time.

  2. Posted January 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I agree, great interview! Very informative! I would enjoy hearing from Dr. Rossouw again in the future for a follow-up.

    Russel, here is a link to the Charlie Rose interview. http://www.charlierose.com/watch/60323782

    Dr. Dave, another MD (and psychoanalyst) that you might want to connect with is Andrew Gerber at Columbia. I had the pleasure of attending a presentation he put together for the Syracuse Psychoanalytic Study Group entitled “A Path Forward For Psychoanalytically Informed Empirical Research: Why Research is Neither the Savior nor Destroyer of Psychoanalysis.”

  3. Posted January 8, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Sarah, thanks for your comment and for the suggestion which I’ve added to my list of possible interviewees. 🙂

  4. Posted February 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Hi Dr. Dave,

    I just finished listening to your interview with Dr. Pieter Roussouw and I just had to tell you how much I enjoyed it! Dr. Roussouw’s wonderful Australian accent and soothing style of speech were so pleasant to listen to that it might not have even mattered what he said, but in fact what he said was absolutely brilliant! His theories make so much more sense that most of what I’ve come across in the thinking on the subject of emotional distress, depression and anxiety. In fact, I have to confess that I came to very similar conclusions a long time ago – without the grounding of the fine brain research that Dr. Roussouw has produced. It is so reassuring to know that there is real science to back up the thinking that the solutions to our problems are not to be found in a shock to the brain or a pill in a bottle.

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