Life can be difficult and you may be struggling to cope with something specific or you may simply feel lost, unsettled and not yet understand what you are feeling, want or need. Either way I am here to listen to you. You are the expert on your life. You have lived your history and you have your dreams or fears about your future. We can all benefit from a skilled perspective on our recent or long-term difficulties. What psychotherapy does is give you the opportunity to explore your situation, your relationships and what it's like for you in your experience.
About me: I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with experience of working short term and long term with adults across a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationships, life choices, bereavement, ageing, regret and loss. I offer challenge, encouragement, tenderness, creative attention and a therapeutic space, so that you can discover what is important to you and hopefully develop a renewed sense of vitality, direction and purpose.
Approach: My approach is relational and existential. I focus more on your 'real' lived experience rather than putting over emphasis on applying theories of the mind or techniques. You may have received a diagnosis or have self-diagnosed some psychological condition. This categorisation can be helpful in our modern world, but I will be curious about how you relate to your 'condition' and your unique experience in the world. Together we will examine the difficulties you face and explore the choices and possibilities open to you, so that you can engage more wholeheartedly with life in a way that is meaningful for you.
What's the next step? You can get in touch with me via phone, email or text if you would like more information or to arrange an initial session. We would then meet for an initial session, with no obligation to continue. This meeting is an opportunity for you to find out whether my approach suits you, and for me to find out more about you and your hopes and expectations of therapy. If we then decide to work together we would meet for a 50 minute session at a regular time each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent's University (with Distinction)
- Foundation Certificate in Counselling, Regent's University
- MBA Aston Business School, Aston University.
- BSc (Hons), University of Manchester
- Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Member of the Society for Existential Analysis
I have trained for several years as a psychotherapist at Regent's School of Psychology and Psychotherapy, London. This training combines psychodynamic and humanistic schools with a distinct existential edge, which encourages philosophical enquiry into life experience and relationships.
Prior to training as a psychotherapist, I worked as a senior executive in the energy sector for nearly 30 years, including 10 years at board level in the UK and overseas (further information regarding my business experience can be seen at www.linkedin.com/in/roberttaylor3). I chose to pursue a second profession which I find rewarding and important to this phase of my life.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Reg number 356521) and adhere to its code of ethics and complaints procedures.
I am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and regular supervision of my practice. I maintain professional indemnity insurance.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer 50-minute sessions for individual adults at a fee of £60.
I work both short term e.g. 6-8 week block of sessions, as well as long term. We can discuss what feels most appropriate in your first session, and what you hope to gain within our relationship. Endings are an important part of therapy and you are free to cease at any point. However, depending on the duration of the work, I suggest that notice is given so we can work towards the ending and consolidate what's been done.
I maintain a few slots at a reduced rate for those on limited income or benefits: these are limited but please enquire for details.