Rob Shaw Accredited BABCP Psychotherapist EMDR, CBT, ACT & Counsellor
The Remedy Lounge
Milton Hall (3rd Floor)
The Town Hall
St Georges Street
Hello and a warm welcome to my profile
Struggling with anxiety, 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. Depending on your difficulties, I may suggest an appropriate number of sessions based upon NHS clinical guidance and discuss if your goals are achievable with CBT and counselling.
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 55 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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My rates for therapy are £60 for a 60 minute appointment.
Payment Methods: Bank transfer, cash, cheque, Mastercard and Visa
Please contact me to discuss my rates for supervision.
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 48 hours notice I will need to charge the full session fee.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Manchester City Centre, 8 am until 8.15 pm Monday and Friday. Also available at Hebden Bridge Town Hall close to Halifax Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6pm
Types of client
|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.View supervision profile