Robert Shaw - MSc Psychotherapeutic Counselling, MBACP.
I work with clients with a wide range of issues both in private practice and as a counsellor for a leading mental health charity in Stoke-on-Trent. Previous to this I have worked with people with alcohol or drug addiction. I attend regular CPD workshops in order to update and maintain my skill set.
How Counselling Can Help You
You may be seeking counselling due to times of distress, anxiety, stress, depression, having suffered a loss or living with a chronic illness. You may have experienced trauma, suffer with low self esteem or poor self confidence. Counselling can help you to explore these feelings and experiences and so help you to have a greater understanding of yourself, which may help you to deal with life events in a more positive way.
Whatever the presenting issue is, I am here to listen and to help you move forward towards a more positive future.
My Counselling Approach
I offer an approach that draws on a variety of perspectives and theories depending on your needs.
I strongly believe that the most important element of counselling is the therapeutic relationship that forms between client and counsellor. To encourage this, my aim is to offer you an experience of a therapeutic relationship that is empathic, warm, genuine and non-judgemental, allowing you to explore your concerns at your own pace in a way that will help facilitate change. Along with this, having someone to talk to who is not directly involved in your life can allow you to express these inner thoughts and emotions and perhaps offer a different perspective to your own experience.
What I Offer as a Counsellor
I offer short and long-term, one to one counselling to adult clients of all ages. I am very respectful of your need to feel secure during counselling sessions, recognising that it takes great courage to explore emotions and memories that are often painful. I offer a safe and comfortable space, in a quiet location with off road parking.
Counselling sessions last 60 minutes and are often, but not always, on a weekly basis.
What to Expect at Your First Counselling Session
During your first counselling session I will ask for some details about you and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We will spend time exploring the reasons you have sought counselling.
People often wonder how long counselling will take – there is no set answer, some people may need only a few sessions whilst others may require counselling for longer. Counselling is an individual journey.
I have availability from Monday-Friday, with sessions starting at 10am and the last session being 8pm.
I aim to see you within a couple of days following your initial contact. I understand you may have a busy schedule and as such I offer flexible appointments.
£35.00 per session
Our work together will be regularly reviewed ensuring that we are working to ethical guidelines - I work within and adhere to the Ethical Framework of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I work within the parameters of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I am fully insured.
I have an enhanced certificate from the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc in Psychotherapeutic Counselling- Staffordshire University
- Postgraduate Diploma (equivalent) in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - Staffordshire University
- University Certificate - Counselling - Staffordshire University
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
I regularly attend CPD workshops, which have included:
- Journey for Men through Grief and Loss
- Living with Autism
- Working with Suicidal Clients
- Equality and Diversity
- Mental Health Awareness
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
- A Life Worth Living
- Brief Therapy
- Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders
- Level 3 Safeguarding Children & Parental Mental Health
- Level 3 Safeguarding Children & Parental Substance Misuse
- Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
- Certificate in Substance Misuse
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Drug addiction
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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£35 per session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available daytimes and evenings up to 8pm - Monday to Friday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|