Rob Stratton M.A. Psychotherapist, UKCP reg. Member ACPP & Awen Foundation.
I am a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registered psychotherapist and have an MA in ‘Core Process’ psychotherapy. I am a member of the ACPP (Association of Core Process Psychotherapists) and am also a member of the Awen Foundation, from whom I have a Diploma.
I work with individuals on a one-to-one basis from my Cardiff practice. I believe my clients enjoy my holistic approach, which is engaged and creative. Though secular in practice, my approach is informed by Buddhist understanding.
The effectiveness of the way I work lies in how creative engagement with both body and mind enables clients to make their own discoveries. My ways of working are spontaneous and about the challenge of stepping into the unknown together. This helps keep the work fresh and alive, frequently leaving client - and myself - in awe of how the enquiry unfolded. I offer a very different psychotherapeutic experience, and find clients frequently express sentiments such as “When I began this work, I never imagined I’d find myself working like this!"
I see my becoming personally engaged with and affected by the work as being essential to the therapeutic process, enabling me to support and guide enquiry. I find inspiration in the sentiment of psychotherapist Emanuel Berman "the image of the wild therapist can serve us... as the image of the deeply involved, personally motivated therapist.....the opposite of the 'civilised' therapist who uses well-divined existing paths, takes no personal risks, and therefore stays at an emotional distance from his/her clients.”
I am a former photographer, and a Buddhist practitioner of over 10 years. I enjoy spending time in wild places such as the sea and mountains. Coming to this work through my own experience, I understand how, paradoxically, difficulty can be the gateway that enables us to lead more fulfilling lives.
If you would like to find out more about whether I, and the ways that I work, might be helpful to you, you are welcome to contact me to arrange a free initial meeting.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a an accredited 'Core Process' psychotherapist registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). I also have an M.A. in Core Process Psychotherapy, and am a member of the ACPP (Association of Core Process Psychotherapists.) I am also a member of the Awen Foundation, from whom I have a diploma.
Core Process psychotherapy is a 'psycho-spiritual' psychotherapy that embraces mindfulness and mindful enquiry. It falls under the humanistic umbrella of psychotherapies recognised by the UKCP (Humanistic and Integrative College (HIPC)).
Through the Awen Foundation, much of my ongoing professional development is committed to an ongoing exploration of how the imaginal supports enquiry, and how these remarkable territories can help us find heartfelt meaning for feelings and emotions that might otherwise remain inexplicable.These territories are wide-ranging, and help keep the work spontaneous and alive, so that my approach is continually evolving, rather than falling into the dryness of over used methods and techniques.
I have been a member of the Buddhist 'Western Chan Fellowship' for over 10 years, attending regular week long silent retreats, where I also have leadership roles. Until recently I co-lead Cardiff Chan Group for many years. My personal Buddhist practice naturally informs my professional work.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My work naturally encompasses a wide spectrum of issues and therapeutic areas. However, rather than fall into a reductive process of labelling 'conditions' and 'disorders', my approach is to engage with the whole person who is experiencing difficulty, in a way that brings more holistic understanding and self acceptance.
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I offer a free initial meeting. My fees are currently £65.00 per 60 minute session.
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Type of session
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I work weekdays, with daytime and some evening appointments. I have availability at present.
Types of client