Rob Shaw Accredited BABCP Psychotherapist EMDR, CBT, ACT & Supervision

Rob Shaw Accredited BABCP Psychotherapist EMDR, CBT, ACT & Supervision

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The Remedy Lounge
Milton Hall (3rd Floor)
244 Deansgate
M3 4BQ

The Town Hall
St Georges Street
Hebden Bridge

07800 526735

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About me

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Are you

Struggling with life, feeling overwhelmed and out of control ?  Have you experienced loss and trauma and dont seem to be able to move on ?  Does this impact negatively on your job and family ?  On a long NHS waiting list ? Finding professional help could be the first step to helping you get your life back on track.

I am a BABCP Accredited Psychotherapist specialising in a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  I also offer Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for people who may be struggling with traumatic incidents.  Having offered therapy for over 20 years, I believe that therapy needs to feel warm and accepting but also offer practical ways of handling life's difficulties.  Working together I am able to provide you with professional help that assists you in taking back control of your life.

What I can help with

I have been working for 16 years in the NHS providing Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and supervision. Working in the NHS I have helped over a thousand people overcome depression, anxiety, low self esteem, panic, relationship problems, generalised anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

I am specialised in providing short-term therapy. Short-term therapy can range from as little as 3 sessions up to 12 sessions. As an experienced therapist I am equally familiar at working with issues that are more deep rooted and offer longer term therapy when required.

What to expect

Deciding to have therapy is often a big step. My role as your Psychotherapist is to support this process by understanding your experience and by creating a safe space to talk without fear of judgement. Therapy is an opportunity to learn CBT and Mindful skills that make a difference.  CBT sessions will be structured and you will be supported to try out new ways of handling your difficulties.  Counselling sessions will allow you to talk about your feelings, as speaking out loud about your problems can help put your thoughts in order.  Our first meeting will allow you to ask the questions you need answers to and I will explain how therapy can help you overcome your difficulties.

Your therapy sessions will last for approximately 60 minutes and are usually, initially on a weekly basis.  Sessions are generally reduced to fortnightly or less as you start to address and deal with your difficulties.  Your therapy will be summarised in your final session, which will serve as a reminder of the coping strategies you have developed to help prevent relapse.

Taking the first steps

As everyone of us is unique, I believe one type of therapy does not fit all. I am able to draw upon my many years of training and experience in different models of therapy to provide you with a space that feels warm, supportive and is tailored to your individual needs. My approach is one that validates people's experience, there's no issue too small, too large or too strange to bring.

I appreciate how important it is to find the right therapist with whom you feel comfortable. With this in mind, I offer all new clients a free 15 minute telephone consultation to discuss what you would like to achieve from the sessions and how I can facilitate this.

Training, qualifications & experience

Initially I trained as a Person Centred Counsellor in 1996 and I was accredited with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in 2005. I now specialise in CBT with an emphasis on mindfulness approaches. CBT uses mindfulness techniques to promote acceptance of personal issues thereby allowing stubborn difficulties to be overcome. I am also trained in EMDR which allows people to process major and minor trauma effectively without discussing at length the trauma.

Mindfulness is a "hot topic" in Western psychology right now, increasingly recognised as a powerful therapeutic intervention for everything from work-related stress to depression.

I am trained in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and have facilitated MBCT groups for the NHS. This experience along with 25 years of a personal mindfulness practice allows me to appreciate just how difficult it is to be mindful and also approach blocks which get in the way of positive change.

  • EMDR Academy Accredited Training 2018
  • Mindfulness Teacher Development Course (MBCT) taught by Dr Alistair Smith 2011
  • Intermediate and advanced Training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy  (2011-2017)
  • University of Cumbria Post Graduate Diploma Advanced Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2010
  • University of Central Lancashire Advanced Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Interventions 2008
  • University of Central Lancashire Solution Focused Interventions 2007
  • ABC Awarding Body Consortium Diploma in Case Work Supervision 2002
  • CENTRA Diploma in Counselling PCCS Manchester 1998
  • CENTRA Certificate in Counselling PCCS Manchester 1996

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Areas of counselling I deal with

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        • Milton Room
        • Rob Shaw Accredited BABCP Psychotherapist EMDR, CBT, ACT & Supervision image 1
        • Remedy Lounge
        • Waiting Area
        • 244 Deansgate Manchester
        • Town Hall hebden Bridge


        My rates for talking therapy are £55 for a 60 minute appointment.

        My rates for supervision are £50 for a 60 minute appointment

        Payment Methods: Bank transfer, cash, cheque, Mastercard and Visa

        Accepted Insurance Plans: Aviva, Bupa, AXAPPP Healthcare and Healix.

        Please can you be aware that if you cancel or re-schedule the appointment with less than 24 hours notice I will need to charge the full session fee.

        Rates for insurance companies, employee assistance programs and solicitors practices are different due to report writing and psychometric testing; please contact me for a quote.

        Maps & Directions

        Manchester, M3 4BQ
        Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY

        Type of session

        Online counselling: No
        Telephone counselling: No
        Face to face counselling: Yes
        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: Unspecified
        Other languages: None


        Wheelchair access: Unspecified


        Manchester City Centre, 9.30 am until 8.15 pm Monday, Thursday and Friday. Also available at Hebden Bridge Town Hall close to Halifax Tuesday and Wednesday

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults
        Employee Assistance Programme

        Supervision & training

        I have been offering supervision privately and for the NHS for over 15 years.  I have supervised many Counsellors and CBT Therapists in training and particularly enjoy working with therapists in training.

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