Robert Shaw - MSc Psychotherapeutic Counselling, MBACP.
During this period of social isolation and uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic, anxiety is running high and it can be useful to talk this through. All of us have had to adapt in the ways we communicate with each other and with this in mind I am now offering counselling session’s on-line using Zoom video link. if this is something you would like to try then please contact me using the link.
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. In addition to this I facilitate a weekly support group focusing on men`s issues with mental health problems. Previous to this I have worked with clients experiencing alcohol or drug addiction issues.
How Counselling/Psychotherapy Can Help You
You may be seeking counselling due to times of distress, anxiety, depression, or wondering if you`ll 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.
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 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 offer a safe and comfortable space, 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 you 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.
I have availability from Monday-Friday, with sessions starting at 10am, the last session being 8pm. 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.
£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
- Trauma Defined: Bessel van der Kolk
- How to do Counselling On-Line (BACP, OU)
- Working with Asperger`s
- Working with Shame
- Living with Autism
- Working with Suicidal Clients
- 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
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£35 per session