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Hi, I’m Rob and I’m a qualified and UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor from Nottingham, UK. I currently run a successful independent practice which I started in 2015. I previously worked at the University of Nottingham Counselling Service for 5 years (working with students and staff), the NHS Nottingham City Hospital (Dundee House counselling service) and was also a support worker for adults with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) in my previous career. I am also a freelance Illustrator and Artist.
Although general attitudes towards mental health have greatly improved in recent years, there is still unfortunately a stigma about going to see a counsellor or psychotherapist. Many people falsely assume that there must be something "wrong", or that "only crazy people need counselling". This simply isn't true. Most of us visit the dentist to check-up on our oral health fairly regularly, or the GP when we intermittently feel unwell throughout life - why not apply similar principles to our mental health?
Counselling is a very personal decision and everybody comes for different reasons. There is no right or wrong. Sometimes there is a very specific concern or issue; other times it's more a general 'feeling'; perhaps of sadness or being unable to cope that may not make much sense to us.
We may even have great support around us (family, friends etc.), yet still experience an overwhelming sense of isolation. This isn't uncommon! Those we love might have the best intentions, but talking to someone completely removed from our lives can be hugely beneficial.
Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, it can be life changing.
My Counselling Approach
I am originally trained in what's known as 'Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling', which basically means that I work by building a professional relationship with each of my clients based on compassion, trust, empathy, genuineness and acceptance (plus a good laugh occasionally where appropriate!). Data from contemporary psychotherapy research clearly indicates that what "works" best in counselling and psychotherapy is essentially the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client, which I always prioritise.
Nowadays, I strongly believe in an 'integrative', or even 'pluralistic' approach to therapy - everybody is different and has individual needs/wants when accessing therapy. I don't believe that any one therapeutic approach or modality holds all the answers. I'm also not the kind of therapist to be overly passive and 'sit and nod' (which is unfortunately a common perception of person-centred therapists). I'll be encouraging us to work safely and collaboratively - like detectives - on exploring relevant past relationship dynamics, behavioural patterns, socio-cultural-economic experiences and sometimes even transpersonal themes (where appropriate) which might inform your present issues - and hopefully overcome them.
We'll often also be co-formulating goals and/or directions in the beginning stages of therapy, and I'll occasionally introduce the offer of exercises that work towards specific solutions (e.g. action plans, journaling or behavioural activation techniques).
The key factor is that we work together cooperatively and I will guide you through the process, with the emphasis being that you are always empowered and in the drivers seat.
The Counselling Environment
I work from my counselling room (see pictures on the page) which is situated on the first floor/upstairs of my home. It is a warm, private and safe space, on a small residential street just off Hucknall High Street (you'd never know there was a main road around the corner!). I do have wheelchair access into the house, however sessions would need to be conducted on the ground floor in my front/living room - please ask for further information if these are your requirements.
Transport links are very good, with the NET tram service stopping only a short walk away (3-4 minutes) and the Trent Barton 'Threes' service stopping regularly on Hucknall high street, just around the corner from me. Specific information on how to get to me can be provided upon request.
There is a small residential car park next to the house with a single guest parking space (indicated by a yellow sign), but I cannot guarantee this will free unfortunately. Please be aware this is a narrow street and it can be difficult to get in/out with larger cars!
Alternatively, there are several free and/or cheap carparks along the High Street such as behind the 'Lighthouse' charity shop or slightly further away 'Piggins Croft' carpark, just off Yorke Street at the back of Wilkinson's'. There is also the free NET Tram Park & Ride only 3-4 minute walk away.
Online Videocall Counselling
I've been conducting online videocall counselling and psychotherapy for several years now. Whilst certainly not a substitute, I see it as a different way of working and it is already fast becoming a new format for therapies in the NHS, charity and private sector organisations. It's been a wonderful tool that has opened up my ability to work with international clients, those in different parts of the UK and those that prefer a blended approach of face-to-face and online work.
The basic principles remain the same as stated in the sections above. However, you will of course be bringing something of your own environment into the meeting too (or wherever you choose to do videocall) and this can mean a big difference in the dynamic.
Some of the benefits of online videocall counselling and psychotherapy are:
- Health and safety - during the covid-19 pandemic, online videocall was the primary option for therapy and ensured safety for many peoples health.
- Convenience - working online means that you can cut out the travel time to and from therapy.
- Broader therapeutic media - sometimes with online therapy, it can be useful to have the capacity to share media links that are appropriate and beneficial to your therapy. This might be certain songs, inspirational videos, essays etc. that can be shared instantly.
- Ability to meet over a large distance (I've worked with people all over the UK and international clients)
I primarily use Zoom for my online therapy videocalls, although I can use Skype as an alternative. I recommend you download the Zoom app (which is free) to your preferred device (PC, laptop or mobile) and ensure you have the correct video and audio settings configured to your liking. Once you have an account, we can also add each other as a 'contact' and call through the app directly when we are due to meet.
Alternatively, if you prefer not to download the app and register your own account, I can send an email link 5 minutes before our scheduled meeting which will grant you access to the videocall with a provided passcode.
Online therapy is reliant upon a stable internet connection (and this is never 100% guaranteed!). Please ensure you have the internet bandwidth capacity for this if you wish to meet online.
Privacy and Safeguarding
There is also the additional issue of privacy and potential safeguarding issues that may need to be discussed prior to online counselling. It's important to still have a safe, private space to engage in therapy - sometimes this is simply not possible from your home and face to face counselling may be more appropriate for you. There are several other things that may be considered to ensure you get the most out of our meetings - this can be discussed by email and/or an initial consultation. I will also send a further information sheet to you that highlights these considerations.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MSc in ‘Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling’, having trained and qualified with the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI) in 2015. I am a fully accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP).
I previously worked at the University of Nottingham Counselling Service for 5 years, working with students, staff, lecturers etc. I previously worked in a multi-disciplinary NHS hospital environment as a counsellor for almost 3 years providing open-ended psychotherapy for individuals with serious chronic health conditions (primarily diabetes). Before this I worked for East Midlands Autism (Previously NORSACA) as a support worker for adults with an Autistic Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) - I also have a brother who is diagnosed with Autism, so lots of personal experience too!
I have a lot of experience with staff and students from a higher education setting, working with themes such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, bereavement, perfectionism and procrastination - I also work with trauma (+ PTSD and CPTSD), socio-cultural diversity issues among others.
I have supported individuals through complex bullying cases (sometimes institutional) and helped manage those situations as best they can. Another area of interest, which often overlaps with bullying, is what is commonly now known as 'Narcissistic abuse'; whilst Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is a psychiatric diagnosis, I do believe that 'narcissism' is separately a valid descriptor of a set of unhealthy and often potentially dangerous human behaviours that the general psychology field has made leaps and bounds in understanding this past few years. I believe it is important to help clients, who are in relationship with individuals (or even some groups, churches or organisations etc.) displaying significant narcissistic traits, to recognise the often subtle and covert signs of abuse (sometimes known as 'red flags'); to hold sufficient boundaries, stay safe and contact the correct legal bodies if/when ready and/or necessary, and 'detoxify' situations as much as possible.
I also have an interest in the area of family estrangement and do not judge those that have chosen to detach from members of, if not all, of their family system. I believe making such decisions are often incredibly painful grieving experiences and not made lightly, but can also often be the most significant factor in personal healing and growth.
I have worked with individuals from all across the globe, from all walks of life and met some absolutely fantastic people along the way - and hoping to meet many more!
A quick summary of my areas of experience include, but is not limited to:
- Clients with diabetes and other chronic health conditions
- Student counselling
- Autism and Asperger's (ASD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)
- Past childhood abuse (physical and domestic violence, emotional abuse, neglect and sexual abuse)
- Suicidal thoughts and/or ideation
- Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- Relationship issues (although I do not do couples therapy, sometimes it might be appropriate for partners to join one off sessions)
- Bereavement and loss
- Bullying and/or narcissistic abuse
- Family estrangement
- Transpersonal themes (such as Jungian depth psychology, dreams, spirituality etc.)
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per session
Concessions offered for
- Initial Consultation - £10
- Standard Session - £55
- (Student | NHS/Public Service Staff - £45)
(If you are unemployed or have a low income, I am happy to discuss alternative pricing)
I ask that all payments are made by bank transfer - I can provide details upon request.
When I work
I have availability on Mon, Tues, Thurs Fri between 8am and 7pm (+ some limited Sunday morning slots). Please contact me to enquire further.
I will work with individuals who have significant secondary care issues (e.g. Schizophrenia, Bipolar) and/or diagnosed Personality Disorders, so long as there is a treatment plan in place and/or the condition is currently stable/managed.
During initial consultations, I will enquire about this information and any existing or historical support you have received. If during a consultation these issues are identified, I may offer to make a referral to your GP (with your consent), or signpost to more appropriate services to ensure your care and safety.
I do not work with couples (although, with your full consent, it might be appropriate to invite partners and family members to sessions intermittently if this will aid your therapy).