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Grant Richards

Counseling Psychologist

Grant Richards.

My Story

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Grant started his working career in the face-to-face fundraising (NGO’s) industry which led him to pursue an academic career in Psychology. He obtained a master’s degree in Community-Based Counselling and has specialised in researching, designing, implementing and monitoring interventions on a micro, meso and macro scale. He subsequently moved into the sales and marketing space which serviced telecommunications, energy and charity clients. These clients include Greenpeace Africa, Amnesty International, Australian Conservation Foundation, WWF, Medicines’ Sans Frontiers’ Australia, Red Cross and Save The Children among others.

Grant has started and run operations in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom with 100+ people (on a national and international scale) including having experience in managing subcontracting and franchise partners.

Grant has a particular interest in wellness and resilience and psychological/or otherwise interventions from a micro to macro scale, strategy management, business development, innovation, marketing, statistical analysis, performance management, fundraising/sales, reward systems development, training and development.

Modes of therapy:

  • Individual, Group, Family and community psychology
  • Brief psychodynamic
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solutions focused therapy
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Mentalization
  • Trauma
  • Grief and bereavement therapy
  • Transactional analysis


  • B.A. Psyc 
  • B.A. Hons Psych (Wits)
  • M.A. Coun
  • M.B.A. Candidate (WBS)

My Clinical Experience

February 2021 – Present 


Management Consultant

March 2019 – Present                   

Aida Sales and Marketing

Group General Manager

August 2017 – February 2019

 Public Outreach

National Fundraising Manager Australia (Sales and Marketing Manager)

August 2016 – June 2017


Regional Programs Manager for Victoria                                

2016 – 2017

Research assistant for Prof. Malose Langa

University of the Witwatersrand

January – August 2016

Psychology and Wellness Centre, Europ Assistance & NBC Holdings

Private practice and employee wellness affiliation


May - July 2015

Community Research and Action Network


University of the Witwatersrand & Lawyers Against Abuse

Think Tank: Beyond the Crisis of Violence

2014 – 2015

Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital & Helen Joseph Hospital

April/May 2013

University of the Witwatersrand

Community outreach

September 2009

Greenpeace Africa

December 2012

Fundraiser/Campaign Manager South Africa


  • Richards, J. G. (2015). Izikhothane: Masculinity and Class in Katlehong, a South African

    Township (Doctoral dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Humanities, School of

    Human and Community Development).

    Richards, J. G., & Langa, M. (2018). Izikhothane: Class and Masculinities of Black Male Youths in Katlehong Township, South Africa. South African Review of Sociology, 1-19.

    Langa, M. & Richards, J. G. (2016). Review of gender-based violence in South Africa. Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

    Langa, M. & Richards, J. G. (2016). Existing interventions to address gender-based violence in South Africa. Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

    Langa, M. & Richards, J. G. (2016). A model to address gender-based violence in South Africa. Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

Head Office

37 Homestead Road,
Corner 12th Avenue
Block F, Homestead Park
Rivonia, Sandton
060 961 7882
Tel: (011) 234 0741

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