Dr. Robina Boehnke, Chartered Counselling Psychologist
The York Clinic
296 Tadcaster Road
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist based in York and I offer counselling for individuals, couples, and families. I am originally from Germany (hence the difficult to pronounce surname) and I specialise in stress, depression, and anxiety. I work within an integrative resource-oriented framework, where both of us combine our unique resources, strengths and perspectives to find solutions that work for you, tailored to your particular situation and circumstances.
What counselling can help you with
Counselling can help you if you feel emotionally or mentally unwell. This may affect one or more areas of your life, such as your ability to manage your personal life, the quality of your relationships and your social life, or your work. You may already have seen a GP and have a diagnosis of a mental health problem such as depression or anxiety, but this is not a requirement to come and see me. Counselling can also help you if you feel dissatisfied with your life, stuck, overwhelmed or lost and want to make changes, but don't know where to start or what options you have. You may also just want someone to help you cope with emotions, such as anger or grief, or with situations you have no control over.
How I will work with you
The resource-oriented approach combines techniques and tools from other therapeutic models, mainly from solution-focused brief therapy and systemic therapy. I also use techniques and tools from other approaches when I feel that you would benefit, for example from cognitive-behavioural therapy. All those approaches are evidence-based, meaning that research has shown that they are effective in treating a range of different issues, from mental health problems to relationship issues.
How long will it take?
Regardless of what it is you want help with, the resource-oriented approach focuses on 'doing' and 'taking action', as much as the 'talking' part that counselling is traditionally associated with. Counselling following this approach takes between six and twelve sessions for most people. I recommend 80-minute sessions every two to four weeks instead of the usual weekly hour-long sessions. This allows us to properly reflect on what has happened in-between sessions, work on creating solutions and practice new ways of thinking and doing things, as well as plan what you can do until the next session and how I can support you.
The length of sessions, the space between them, as well as the number can be adapted according to your needs and wishes. Some clients prefer meeting more regularly at the beginning of the process and spacing it out more at the end, but this is completely up to you. Depending on your preferences and circumstances, I offer in-between session support in the form of emails and texts and we can also do some sessions online via Skype or Facetime.
Other services I offer
Besides counselling, I also offer coaching and currently run stress management courses. You can find out more about these services on my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my education and training in Counselling Psychology in Germany and am registered as a Counselling Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC regulates all Psychologists who work in the UK and makes sure that their education and training are of the highest standard. I am also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), which requires relevant education and training of at least six years duration.
I have a research doctorate degree in Psychobiology and spent three years researching the stress system, making acute and chronic stress and its associated symptoms one of my specialist areas.
I have experience of working as a Counselling Psychologist with adolescents, adults, couples, families, as well as larger systems.
My Professional Qualifications
- Certificate in Milton-Erickson Counselling Techniques for Counsellors and Coaches (Germany)
- Certificate in Resource-oriented counselling (Germany)
- Doctorate in Psychobiology (University of Trier, Germany; within the International Research Training Group on the Psychoneuroendocrinology of Stress; three years full-time)
- Diploma in Psychology (University of Trier, Germany; five years full-time)
Accreditation and protected titles
- British Psychological Society (BPS): Chartered Psychologist
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): Registered Psychologist, Practitioner Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in helping you cope with acute and chronic stress, as well as associated mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. Due to my training in systemic therapy, I also specialise in relationship issues. Please get in touch if you are unsure whether I am the right Counselling Psychologist for you and to clarify any questions you may have about me or my approach.
Free initial 30-minute phone consultation
Reduced fee for first session (80 min): £50
Fee for following session (80 min): £80
Fee for following session (50 min): £50
Concessions are available.
Face-to-face counselling sessions take place at the York Clinic for Integrated Healthcare on Tadcaster Road. The Clinic has parking facilities at the back and is also linked to other areas in York via public transport.
If you are interested in finding out more about my approach, have any questions or to schedule an initial consultation or appointment, please give me a call or email me, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Please feel free to visit my website for more information about my services, as well as my approach to counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday - Friday: Daytime and some evenings; Saturdays (8am to 2pm)
Types of client