About me

I am a BACP Accredited counsellor/psychotherapist with counselling experience gained over five years working in a variety of settings including: private practice, the NHS,  school counselling and a charitable organisation. 

Previous employment has included working with clients in addiction.

How Counselling/Psychotherapy Can Help You

You may be seeking counselling due to times of distress, anxiety, depression, or wondering if you will ever get over a loss. You may be seeking help with your anger or you may feel like past events are affecting how you cope with life today. Counselling can help you to explore these feelings and experiences and help you to have a greater understanding of yourself. Counselling can help to reshape your life.

Whatever the presenting issue is, I am here to listen and to help you move forward towards a more positive future. 

I work flexibly,  offering sessions face to face, on the telephone or online. Due to the hectic lives we all lead, if needed all these modes of counselling can be interchanged in our work together.

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-judgmental, 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 lived experience.

What I Offer as a Counsellor

I offer short and long-term, one to one counselling and psychotherapy 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 have a designated therapy room, with its own access in a quiet location with off road parking.

Sessions last 50 minutes and are often, but not always on a weekly basis.

What to Expect at Your First Counselling/Psychotherapy Session

During your first session I will ask for some details about yourself and a brief overview of what brings you to seek therapy. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions.

People often wonder how long therapy will take – there is no set answer, some people may need only a few sessions whilst others may require counselling for longer, therapy is an individual journey.

Availability

I have availability from Monday-Friday. I also offer sessions on a Saturday morning from 9:30am - 11:30am

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.

What Does BACP (Accred) Mean?

BACP Accreditation recognises the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy,  (BACP website).

Fees

£40.00 per session

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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).

I am Covid-19 compliant.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • MSc in Psychotherapeutic Counselling- Staffordshire University
  • Accreditation(BACP British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • IAPT IPT (Interpersonal Therapist) Practitioner Accreditation with IPT UK
  • 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
  •    Trauma Defined: Bessel van der Kolk
  •    How to do Counselling On-Line (BACP, OU)
  •    Working with Asperger's
  •    Working with Shame
  •    Living with Autism
  •    Gender
  •    Working with Suicidal Clients
  •    Depression
  •    Mental Health Awareness
  •    Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  •    A Life Worth Living
  •    Brief Therapy
  •    Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders   
  •    Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
  •    Certificate in Substance Misuse

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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Fees

£40.00 per session

Additional information

Payment is accepted via bank transfer or cash following each session.

Availability

I am available daytimes and evenings up to 8pm - Monday to Friday and Saturday 9:30am -11:30

Leek
Staffordshire
ST13

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Street level access via a 24cm step.

Additional languages

N/A

Online platforms

Microsoft Spaces
Zoom
Whatsapp
Robert Shaw

Robert Shaw