Rob Stuart PG Dip, MBACP (accred), EMDR (trained)

Rob Stuart PG Dip, MBACP (accred), EMDR (trained)

The Rock Clinic (East)
270, Eastern Road

80 Vale Avenue

01273 277216 / 07984 015663

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About me

I have an interest in working with survivors of childhood trauma, particularly abuse in all its forms. As a result I am undertaking extensive training in modern neuroscientifically based therapeutic approaches to complex trauma. These include, amongst others, EMDR.  An increasing number of my clients are survivors of various forms of childhood abuse.

As an experienced integrative counsellor, I place emphasis on creating a therapeutic relationship which allows you to move at your own pace in working through your feelings. This relationship may allow you to experience new insights into yourself and your situation, enabling you to bring about changes in your life if you so choose. Individuals are all unique so each client may experience counselling differently. Sometimes as clients work through various feelings, they may experience difficult periods before coming to a more comfortable place. Others find that expressing their feelings comes as a great relief. I endeavour to create a safe and confidential atmosphere in which you can explore your feelings and what lies behind those feelings and find your own way forward.

Approximately two thirds of my clients are men and I have increasingly worked with male clients on issues including self-identity, building relationships, retirement, relationship breakdown and many aspects of childhood trauma.

In the course of my practice I have worked with a wide range of male and female artists including musicians, sculptors, prose and poetry writers, and painters. I have come to realise the depth of challenges that many artists face in trying to balance their emotional needs with their artistic and creative side and I strongly believe in the need to engage with both of these.

I believe that my practice is enhanced by my own experience of many hours of personal therapy, both one to one and in group therapy, and as part of my ongoing commitment to the quality of my work, I continue to have personal therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I was awarded a pre-postgraduate diploma by the University of Brighton in 2007, and a post-graduate diploma by the University of Brighton in 2009.

In addition to my private practice I have worked at the Rock Clinic Association for over 10 years as a counsellor on the low cost, intermediate, and full cost schemes; was part of the assessment team for 5 years; and supervised student counsellors for 2 years.

I currently supervise 3 groups of counsellors and 6 individual therapists.

I have completed the first 4 modules of EMDR training which qualifies me to use this approach with clients. I have regular EMDR supervision.

I am currently working towards a diploma in contemporary approaches to complex trauma which I will complete in May 2019.

I have undertaken extensive further training, attending full day and weekend workshops in subjects that include:
{ Working with survivors of childhood sexual, physical, and emotional abuse (13 days);
{ Working with survivors of complex trauma (5 days);
{ Working with men and women who have attended public school (3 days);
{ Integrating CBT skills into my own practice (3 days); and
{ Working with dreams (2 days).

As part of my professional development I have regular clinical supervision for all my client work.

I have previously worked for several low cost counselling services including Mid-Sussex Counselling Centre, Newhaven Community Development Association, and Mankind, a specialist agency working with male survivors of sexual abuse.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


There is no charge for an initial session during which we will make the decision as to whether we will work together. Subsequent sessions are charged at £45.
I also offer a limited number of reduced cost appointments at £35 for counselling students and the low waged.

Further information

I am a registered full member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere strictly to their ethical framework.
I am fully insured in line with BACP guidelines.

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN2 5TA
Brighton, BN1 8UA

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


I have sessions available from 8.00am to 9.00pm Monday to Thursday

Types of client

Older adults