Robert C Thomas MA, MBACP
Talk Me Therapy
The Bridges Centre
07583 664 295
The counselling approach I use is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) I offer confidential counselling in private rooms 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
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 not for everyone and at times it can be challenging, its 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 Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and the Association for Independent Practitioners (AIP), 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
2017 Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice (CBT)
2017 Advanced Certificate Working with Neurodiversity: Counselling clients with Autistic Spectrum Condition, ADHD and Dyslexia
2011 Level V Higher Diploma in Counselling
2009 Advanced Diploma in Counselling (CBT)
2009 Level IV Counselling for HIV & AIDS
2008 Advanced Certificate in Counselling (CBT)
2007 Intermediate Certificate in Counselling
2015 Raising Awareness of Asperger's Syndrome
2014 Raising Awareness of Asperger's Syndrome
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Individauls: £45.00 - Couples: £55.00 per hour.
Students in Counselling Training £35.00 per hour.
The student fee is subject to therapy taking place at my practice venue and evidence from the counselling training provider, i.e. College, University etc.
Corporate and other fees are by arrangement.
Fees are payable in cash at the end of each session. Alternative methods of payment are by arrangement only.
I work confidentially for either short or long term therapy which is carried out in private therapy rooms.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Association for Independant Practitioners
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon, Tues & Wed 08.30 - 18.00 Thurs & Fri by arrangement Sat & Sun Closed
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|