Robert C Thomas MA, MBACP
The counselling approach I use is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) I offer confidential counselling in a private room to individuals and couples within Monmouth and surrounding areas. Since 2009, I have worked with adult clients who have been referred by themselves, clinics, GPs, businesses and national organisations, and suffering from a wide range of issues including; Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Abuse, Anger, Relationship, Bereavement/Loss, and Suicide. I also have clinical and research interests in Autism Spectrum Condition and Neurodiversity.
CBT is an effective and empirically researched therapy for most psychological disorders, it consists of all the approaches that alleviate psychological distress through the medium of correcting faulty conceptions and self-signals. CBT is a short term, collaborative, problem-orientated, active and directive treatment that can be applied to a wide range of problems, it is the therapy of choice for many practitioners and organisations (NHS, NICE) within the medical profession for the treatment of various disorders, including: Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Schizophrenia, Eating Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
CBT is a psychological treatment that helps in disputing peoples negative beliefs by challenging their thoughts, feelings and behaviour. When someone comes with a problem, its not the problem, its the way they look at it with their thought process thats the problem, its the way they believe they fit into the world.
The initial consultation is used as an introduction to assess your suitability to proceed with the therapy. CBT is a collaborative process so we will work together to:
- identify problem areas
- plan a structured way forward
- agree practical objectives
- collaboratively work to reduce/alleviate presenting issues
The success of CBT depends on your active participation throughout the duration of therapy. The therapy is typically 8 - 10 individual sessions (usually weekly), and each session will last approximately one hour, its a collaborative process and therefore commitment to therapy is essential.
As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) I am bound by their Ethical Frameworks for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a therapist its important for me to ensure my practice is offering the fundamental values and ethical principles of counselling and psychotherapy.
My counselling practice is covered by "Professional Liability Insurance"
Training, qualifications & experience
Master of Arts (MA) Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice (CBT) (2017)
Advanced Certificate Working with Neurodiversity: Counselling clients with Autistic Spectrum Condition, ADHD and Dyslexia (2017)
Level V Higher Diploma in Counselling (2011)
Advanced Diploma in Counselling (CBT) (2009)
Level IV Counselling for HIV & AIDS (2009)
Advanced Certificate in Counselling (CBT) (2008)
Intermediate Certificate in Counselling (2007)
2015 Raising Awareness of Asperger's Syndrome
2014 Raising Awareness of Asperger's Syndrome
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals: £45.00 per hour Couples: £55.00 per hour
Students in Counselling Training £35.00 per hour.
The reduced Student fee is subject to the provision of evidence from the counselling training provider - College, University etc.
Corporate and other fees are by arrangement.
Fees are payable by:
Cash or Card at the end of each session
Card by phone paid in advance
Bank Transfer paid in advance
On-line counselling paid in advance
Alternative methods of payment are by arrangement only.
Concessions offered for
I work with either short or long term therapy which is confidential, and carried out in a private therapy room.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)