Dr. Hannes de Kock Psychotherapy & Counselling Inverness

Ph.D. CPsychol. Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Hannes de Kock, Ph.D. is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) (465967) specializing in individual and group therapy for adults and adolescents. He is also a research fellow at UHI's Centre for Health Sciences. He is registered with the British Healthcare Professions Council (PYL35611) and the SA Health Professions Council (PS0112976). 

Dr. De Kock obtained his Bachelors in Psychology and Philosophy (cum laude), his Honours in Psychology (magna cum laude) and his Masters in Clinical Psychology (cum laude) at the North-West University, before completing his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Behavioural Medicine at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine. Dr. De Kock has received further specialised post-graduate training in adolescent psychotherapy from the Anna Freud Centre in London. 

Dr. De Kock has more than a decade's experience in providing mental health services both in clinical (University Psychology Clinics, Tertiary Psychiatric and Medical Hospitals) settings and in private practice. He is an internationally recognized academic speaker and his research has been published locally and internationally. He currently holds the Scottish Chief Science Office grant to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on frontline staff and has been appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as temporary advisor on the subject of healthcare staff well-being. His recent work has been used by the Westminster parliament to inform policy. He has been invited to speak at the prestigious World Psychiatry Association (WPA) Congress on several occasions. He has been a guest lecturer at Stellenbosch and Walter Sisulu Universities' Departments of Psychiatry, teaching at postgraduate level to psychiatry registrars in the M.Med (Psychiatry) and FC Psych (SA) programme and currently holds the post of Research Fellow at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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Areas of Expertise: Psychotherapy

Dr. De Kock specialized in, and received extensive post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based CBT, IPT-A and Psychodynamic therapy for:

  • Mood Disorders (Low Mood, Fluctuating Moods, Irritability)

  • Adolescent mental health

  • Personality Disorders (Borderline, Narcissistic etc.) 

  • Anxiety Disorders (Panic Attacks/Disorder, OCD, Generalised Anxiety Disorder etc.)

  • Adolescent Identity Development and Adolescent Disorders (Mood, Anxiety, Self-harm, Self-esteem, Bullying)

  • Psychological Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Intimacy and psychological health in couples

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries - Neuropsychological  Assessment

  • Dementia and Neuro-cognitive Disorders (Alzheimer’s Disease)

  • Personal Growth (Assertiveness training, Conflict management, Communication skills, Self Actualisation etc.)

  • Marital and Couples Therapy

Dr. Hannes furthermore has a special interest in Sport Psychology, Clinical Supervision, Adolescent mental health and Medico-legal Assessments.

My Approach

Dr. Hannes practices evidence-based therapy, utilizing a broad array of protocols based in the psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural models. By integrating complementary techniques he is able to offer a highly individualized approach tailored to each patient. With compassion and understanding, he walks down the path of personal growth with each individual to help them build on their strengths and gain insights into their areas of difficulty.

Dr. Hannes, out of respect for his patients, does not apply any "one-size-fits-all/quick fix" therapeutic modalities in his treatment. He believes that the very nature of life gives rise to person-specific methods of dealing with trauma or difficulties. For this reason, some time during the initial sessions will be spent on exploring past relationship dynamics to have a better understanding of its impact on current experiences and symptoms. Once insight into these dynamics is achieved by both patient and doctor, evidence-based psychological techniques are used to alleviate symptoms and foster personal growth.

This therapeutic approach provides proven and effective interventions that help patients in restoring optimal functioning in work, social, school and interpersonal levels.


Contact Us

Dr. De Kock is based in Inverness and will consult at 2 Culduthel Road
Inverness IV2 4AB
. There is parking nearby on Culduthel Road and Ness Bank. Alternatively, it is less than a ten minute walk from Eastgate Centre.


Clients now also have the option of attending sessions via Skype/Vsee from the comfort of their own home. Dr. De Kock furthermore endeavours to accommodate after-hour patients where possible (understanding that most of us work from 9am-5pm). All on-line communications are encrypted with SSL, providing extra security, confidentiality and peace of mind.

Give our office a ring or simply send us an e-mail  on info@positiveclinicalpsychology.com. Alternatively, you can complete the form below or go to the book online tab to request a booking directly. By booking a session you agree to our service terms

Regrettably, we are not able to take on new patients at the moment.

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