Rob Manners - MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy. UKCP Reg. SPTI Mem.
Foxhall Road (off Gregory Boulevard)
Hi, I’m Rob and I’m a psychotherapist and counsellor from Nottingham, UK.
So many individuals from different circumstances and backgrounds might decide that counselling could help them for a vast variety of reasons; it could be a very specific, personal issue or it could be that you are struggling to cope from day to day.
Whatever the issue might be, sometimes the support around us doesn't feel enough and it can help to get some non-judgmental, unbiased support from a counsellor in a safe and private space.
I truly believe that any issue which is causing problems in a person’s life is worthy of being listened to with support, acknowledgement and without prejudice. There might be issues which seem incredibly embarrassing or even shameful to discuss - but I am not afraid of the issues you might choose to disclose in counselling, should you want to make personal changes.
Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, it may be one of the most profound choices you could ever make.
My Counselling Approach
I am primarily trained in what’s known as ‘person-centred’ psychotherapy and counselling, which basically means I believe that a therapeutic relationship based on acceptance, empathic understanding, genuineness and trust provides a vehicle for personal growth.
However, I sit more in the camp of integrative (or pluralistic) psychotherapy, which means that I do not think that any one type of therapeutic approach is always sufficient. For example, with certain issues (such as social anxiety for example), it might be appropriate to work towards a goal of your choice; co-creating a ‘plan of action’ in order to achieve positive outcomes in line with said goal.
It might also be appropriate to look at the root causes of certain behaviour patterns, going back to childhood in order to gain greater insight and provide more clarity on how to change your future to suit your needs more effectively. It is ultimately up to you and me to work together and explore which areas of your life will enhance your sense of inner strength, authenticy and insight.
I also have a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and have a background in illustration. I am open to bringing in creative and artistic elements into my sessions, should it feel appropriate to your personal growth - this might include using artistic methods to express certain experiences which words cannot do justice – art can often be seen as another, potentially richer language and I believe personal expression can expand into other areas beyond the spoken word.
All individual needs are different and I believe in working with you to build a therapeutic package that is consistent, clear and achieves what you want, with a person-centered professional relationship at the core.
The Counselling Environment
I hire a private counselling room from Foxhall Lodge (Pictures may be available on my personal website).
There is a free visitors car park (near the visitors entrance), however spaces are very limited. Alternatively there is free parking on Gregory Boulevard nearby, or there is the free park-and-ride car park (near the Forest tram stop) which is only a short walk away.
If you need some genuine, unbiased support, then feel free to contact me either by phone, text or email (if I don't answer please feel free to leave a voicemail). We can arrange an initial consultation, at a reduced rate, to briefly discuss the issues you are facing and establish if I am the right person for you to be working with or not.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MSc (Master’s degree) in ‘Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling’ having trained and qualified with the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI) in 2015. I am a fully accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP).
I currently work 3.5 days a week at the University of Nottingham Counselling Service, providing brief counselling with large caseloads for almost 2 years; and have previously worked in a multi-disciplinary NHS hospital environment as a counsellor for almost 3 years providing long-term psychotherapy for individuals with serious chronic health conditions (primarily diabetes).
I have a strong area of interest working with people on the Autistic spectrum (ASD/ASC), having previously worked as a support worker until 2013 for East Midlands Autism (previously Nottingham Regional Society for Adults and Children with Autism; NORSACA) and also having a brother with a diagnosis of Autism. I have worked with many clients in a counselling setting who have had diagnosis’ of both Autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
It is my opinion that emotional support for parents, siblings and other family members of autistic individuals is historically under-acknowledged and an area I am passionate about supporting.
My other areas of interest include, but is not limited to:
- Clients with Diabetes and other lifelong health conditions
- Student Counselling
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Male Identity Issues
- Anxiety and Depression
- Relationship Issues
- Socio-economic and cultural issues
- Transpersonal and Existential perspectives
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Standard Session (50 minutes): £45 per session - (I charge a lower rate of £20 for initial consultations)
Student Rates: £30 per session (£10 for Initial Consultation).
For unemployed individuals, I may be able to negotiate some brief work at a significantly reduced rate dependant on availability; contact me for more information.
I accept payments in cash, cheque or (preferably) bank transfer.
I will work with individuals who have a diagnosis of significant mental health issues (schizophrenia/bipolar) and/or personality disorders, so long as there is a treatment plan in place and/or the condition is currently stable. I will enquire about any historical support and ongoing support you are currently receiving. If, during a consultation these issues are identified, I may offer to make a referral to your GP with your consent to ensure that you are directed to a more appropriate service for your care and safety.
I do not work with couples as I am not trained to facilitate couples therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tues: 14:00 - 19:00. Thursday: 9:00 - 19:00. (Feel free to enquire about evening slots for Mon, Weds and Fri)
Types of client