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Robert Topping MBACP, MNCS (Accred) Dip. Therapeutic Counselling

Newtownabbey BT36 & Belfast BT5
07907 050363 07907 050363 Registered / Accredited
Newtownabbey BT36 & Belfast BT5

About me

Hi, I'm Robert, ​an integrative counsellor offering a confidential, non-judgemental counselling service for individuals and couples. I provide a regular space and time for you to explore life’s current difficulties, supporting you to find new ways to live your life more effectively.

I recognise that it can be difficult to take that first step in asking for help therefore I have provided some information below about my professional background which may help you in your decision-making.

I believe that there is no single approach to treat each client in all situations. Each client will be considered as a whole and counselling techniques will be tailored to the individual needs and personal circumstances with paramountcy on forming a sound therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor.

I offer both short term and long term counselling therapy:

For example, if you only have one issue you want to exclusively focus on, a short-term therapy might be best. If you’d like to understand yourself, and how your past has informed your present day patterns, have several issues you’d like to approach, or just aren’t sure what you will discover? Long-term therapy might be called for. We can explore your needs within our initial session.

I am currently offering telephone and online video sessions via Zoom, this is a safe online video platform which can be downloaded free to your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. If there is anything you are unsure on, please get in touch to discuss.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post-graduate qualification in Educational Studies
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Person-centred & Psychodynamic)
  • Diploma in Relationship Counselling
  • Certificate in Person Centred Counselling accredited by Queens University.
  • Accredited member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred)
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

I first trained to become a bereavement counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care in 2011, working with adults, children and young people facing grief and loss. Since then, I continued to diversify and develop my skills and experience through RelateNI; working with couples and individuals; RNIB on their Need to Talk Project (NTT) providing telephone counselling; Familyworks as a post-primary schools counsellor; Jigsaw Project as a primary school counsellor and within other various community counselling settings before opening my own private practice.

I have over fifteen years experience of working in the statutory and voluntary sectors as a Youth Worker, Mentor and Facilitator, specialising in assessing the social, emotional, behavioural and educational needs of young people and devising programmes to enable them to be reach their full potential. I have a wealth of experience as a trainer of accredited and non-accredited courses.

I am a professionally qualified youth worker following the completion of my BA (Hons) Youth Work. This is validated by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) which recognises youth and community workers’ qualifications which have been professionally approved by the Education Training Standards (ETS) Committee of the National Youth Agency.

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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.

National Counselling Society

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

Please contact me if you would like to discuss your situation briefly or to arrange an initial meeting, or if you have any other questions about the service(s) I offer.

​Face to Face & Online Counselling Sessions: £40 (50 minute session)

​For all appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice the full session fee will be applied. Cash or card payments accepted.

Source Wellbeing Centre
330 Beersbridge Road
Belfast
Antrim
BT5 5DY

Newtownabbey
County Antrim
BT36

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Various afternoon and evening sessions, please contact me to check my current availability. Please note weekend sessions require prepayment.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

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Robert Topping MBACP, MNCS (Accred)             Dip. Therapeutic Counselling

Robert Topping MBACP, MNCS (Accred) Dip. Therapeutic Counselling