Rob Stuart PG Dip, MBACP (accred), EMDR (trained)
Having qualified in 2009 I have become experienced in working with trauma in all its forms and have undertaken extensive further training in modern therapeutic approaches to trauma and complex trauma. These include, amongst many others, EMDR and a second post-graduate Diploma in Contemporary Approaches to Trauma. Many of my clients are survivors of various forms of childhood abuse.
As an integrative humanistic 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 aims to enable you to experience new insights into yourself and your situation, allowing the possibility for change. Individuals are all unique so each client will 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.
Many 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.
I was awarded a post-graduate diploma in contemporary approaches to trauma by Relational Change in July 2019.
In addition to my private practice I have worked at the Rock Clinic Association for over 13 years as a therapist, assessor, and supervisor. In July 2020 I was invited to join their Accredited Senior team of therapists.
I also have experience in supervising groups of student and qualified counsellors.
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 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 (15 days);
* Working with survivors of complex trauma (7 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 (4 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, Sussex Community Development Association, and Mankind, a specialist agency working with male survivors of sexual abuse.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£65.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session
Concessions offered for
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 £65.
I also offer reduced cost appointments for trainee counsellors.
I have sessions available from 8.00am to 9.00pm Monday to Thursday
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.