Rob Abbott, MA, BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor
I am a highly experienced counsellor, having worked for over 25 years with people of all ages from 18 to 85.
I offer one-off sessions, short term counselling (typically 6 – 8 sessions), as well as longer therapy which could be once or twice each week over several months. I work with individuals and with couples.
What are you struggling to deal with?
Depression comes in many forms but is usually experienced as a dark heaviness that takes the pleasure out of everything you do. Those who suffer from depression often want to shut themselves away, but at the same time feel very lonely and even shunned. You might also find that you are anxious, can’t concentrate on anything and send a lot of time feeling irritable.
There is not a quick fix to depression – don’t let anyone tell you there is. But counselling can help you to work through the feelings, learn how to be more compassionate towards yourself and develop some skills to help you cope on a day-to-day basis.
Anxiety and panic attacks
A little bit of anxiety can be useful. However, this is very different from feeling anxious all the time. When you get to the point of not being able to remember when you last felt calm, then you know that something is wrong. You might also find that you are irritable, feel constantly restless and on edge and can’t concentrate on anything.
Counselling can help you work out what is going on and develop the means of dealing with this issue.
Relationships are wonderful when they are going well, but like hell on earth when they are going wrong. Not having them is lonely and miserable: having bad ones is intolerable. Sometimes we find we are in a pattern, where the same thing keeps happening over and over again. Why does this keep happening to me, we ask. What’s wrong with me?
Counselling is a way of exploring these questions. Finding the answers isn’t always easy or comfortable, but it’s better to know what going wrong than keep hitting the same old crash barriers again and again.
Problems with eating and body image
- Being too fat or too thin;
- eating too much;
- eating and then throwing it up afterwards;
- not eating at all.
- Hating the way you look
We live in a society that is almost obsessed with image. How we look, the size we are and what we wear can all get way out of control.
These are difficult issues that take time, care and compassion to sort out. Counselling can help you process the feelings that surround such problems. It can also help you to find better ways of coping with these feelings.
Low self-esteem is about seeing yourself in an almost wholly negative way. It’s often summed up by thinking to yourself ‘I’m useless’ or ‘I just hate myself’. Sometimes this is an issue that has been around for a long time. Sometimes it comes about because of more recent experiences such as an illness, a bereavement or other sorts of loss.
What to expect
I offer a first exploratory session to allow us to meet each other, to discuss the issues that you are dealing with and to see if I can help you.
After that the sessions are 50 minutes in length.
I normally see people once a week, but can also see you twice a week if that seems more helpful.
My counselling room is situated close to the A27 in Chichester. It is just a few minutes’ walk from the railway and bus stations. Free parking is available.
I fully understand the need for privacy and confidentiality – my counselling room is quiet and you can get to it easily from the road.
I will not discuss the issues you talk about with anyone, except my supervisor in clinical supervision. This is a guarantee which has two important exceptions, both regulated by legislation. The first concernsdrug trafficking and the other relates to terrorism.
As I am a registered member of the BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to their guidelines in this regard - copies of which can be obtained from the BACP.
Questions & Concerns
You can contact me by telephone, email or text to arrange an appointment or to ask any questions.
I hold professional indemnity insurance and am registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioners Office.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a counsellor in 1992 when I gained a diploma from the University of Portsmouth. After that I worked as a counsellor at King Alfred’s College in Winchester (now the University of Winchester). While at Winchester I developed with my colleagues first a Certificate course in counselling and later a Diploma course. This ran for several years during which I taught trainee counsellors and worked also as a supervisor.
In 2000 I moved to Chichester and began my own private practice which has continued ever since. I also worked as a senior lecturer at the University of Chichester specialising in issues around early childhood. I retired from this post in December 2016.
My book Child Development and the Brain (2015) is available from Policy Press.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
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I charge £55 for each session. I am able to offer concessions to those on low wages.
EAPs and Private Medical Insurance:
I accept and work with referrals from Employee Assistance Programmes and Private Medical Insurance. Please check with your provider.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Wednesday to Friday from 9.00. My last appointment is usually 6.00
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am an experienced supervisor.