Robert William Hawkes. Consultant Psychological Therapist. MSc PgDip BSc (Hons)
Hello there, welcome to Therapy Made Easy.
Really pleased to meet you, my name is Rob.
- If you are reading this, perhaps things may be difficult for you at the moment? Well, I hope to put you at ease a little. So, a wee bit about me, well, I am heading towards my 30th year of working within the area of health care. I must say, I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey so far, and feel lucky to have had such a rewarding career.
- My 30 years health care experience includes 16 years of proving therapy since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in 2003. https://www.nhs.uk/Video/Pages/Occupationaltherapy.aspx
- Often, I combine this holistic approach of OT to the 4 forms of psychotherapy I am formally trained and licensed to deliver. Let me explain a little about these treatments to you.
- Firstly, they comprise of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which the government describes as the gold standard treatment for anxiety and depression. I hold a Masters degree qualification in CBT.
- Staying with the ‘cognitive family’ I also provide Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and I am a fully qualified MBCT Teacher. This treatment can be used to treat and prevent further episodes of ill health, both mental and physical.
- If you struggle a little with extremes of emotional discomfort, or find you are often in conflict with yourself or others then Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) can be very helpful. DBT is now more common place for the treatment of a number of conditions, due to excellent life enhancing skills offered
- Lastly, I offer EMDR which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This is a highly specialised therapy developed in order to process trauma. However, it can also be helpful for anxiety, depression, anger, addictions and many more problems you may be facing.
- Having also specialised further in Attachment Focused-EMDR which helps to repair unhelpful patterns of attachments we currently have with others. This is excellent for those who may have been less responsive to the traditional EMDR protocols.
- You can choose a specific therapy or mix and match them, what is often called integrative psychotherapy. All of these therapies are fully recommended by the government within the NICE guidelines: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance
- My approach to therapy is really flexible, I ensure it feels natural and fluid so it moves sensitively alongside you. The above approaches are wonderful, but, they are not the absolute truth. I most certainly won't attempt to make you fit into any model or therapy method. Your uniqueness is the key, and this will remain central throughout the therapy process. http://cotimprovinglives.com/making-personalised-care-a-reality-the-role-of-occupational-therapy/
- My inclusive approach means I work with all age ranges, from children, young people and adults. I can adapt my practice for almost all conditions and illnesses. I often use a variety of methods, and following on from a session I can email your documents along with any further materials that may support your recovery. I am fully licensed to use the following website: https://www.psychologytools.com which is an added resource to your therapy.
- I am known for my problem-solving abilities having been formally trained in Solution Focused-Brief Therapy. Therefore, I will work hard (with your help of course) to either fix or make something as good as we can! Two minds are most certainly better than one. Of course, being human I have my own life story. I have had two episodes of severe depression and struggled with anxiety in the past. I have first-hand experience of grief and the pain it can bring. However, sessions will be about you, and your journey. You will remain at the very heart of everything I do. I generally provide short snippets of information, when appropriate, as I find it can help to normalise a situation.
- From my own personal experience I understand that accessing therapy can often be really daunting. Therefore, I will do my very best to put you at ease. If you have any concerns or worries prior to making an appointment you can either text, ring or e-mail. It's really that simple. Please note that should you come along for an assessment there will be no ‘hard-sell’. You can simply go away and think things over, deciding in your own time if therapy with me is the right thing to do. I will also ensure that I’m the ‘best-fit’ for you too, if not, I will endeavour to find you the most suitable person.
- Clinical supervision is a vital aspect of my role, therefore, your case could be taken to my own supervision for a highly confidential case discussion. This enables me to continue to provide the highest standard of care. Within my current role I also provide a vast amount of clinical supervision to both qualified and student CBT Therapists.
Take care, my very best wishes, Rob.
- Assessments and treatments are priced at £50 per hour (please scroll for pricing details). These costs are currently non-negotiable. I do however offer reduced rates for trainee counsellors seeking personal therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
My background in Health Care:
- In 1989 I started out on a Youth Training Scheme (YTS) in the area of Community Care, oddly, in the very building where I currently provide Psychotherapy. My placements were within two local nursing homes, the second of which I gained a permanent role as a care assistant.
- I was then employed (and formally trained) as a health care assistant (HCA) in 1994 when moving to Acute Medicine (Ward 24) at North Tees General Hospital in Stockton, gaining a NVQ Level 2 in Direct Care.
- In 1995 I was then drawn to psychiatary, working with individuals with acute mental health needs on an inpatient ward at North Tees. I again underwent formal training as a HCA, also completing a NVQ Level 3 in Mental Health Care.
- Then, in 2000 I started university and trained as an Occupational Therapist (OT). My placements included a children’s team, two adult mental health teams and James Cook Hospital. During this period I still worked as a HCA to fund my studies. When qualifying in 2003 I set up an OT therapy service ‘from scratch’ within the mental health unit I’d previously worked within. This service provided assessment and treatment through a number of forms of therapeutic activities and psycho-educational groups. In 2007 the service briefly merged with the Crisis Team, therefore, I was also responsible for providing care to those who were also actively suicidal within the local community.
- In 2008 I decided to move into Primary Care Mental Health, and began a role as a Gateway Practitioner. Working closely with GPs, who referred patients with depression and anxiety. At this point, training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is when I became really interested in psychotherapy. Therefore, added to this, I undertook a Level 5 CBT course at Teesside University. The Theory and Practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression, this sparked a new found passion.
- In 2011 I retrained as fully as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, building on the previous course and completing a PgDip in CBT (Level 7). This was with MIND and The University of Teesside. I was based within the local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, Hartlepool branch.
- Then I moved to Secondary Care mental health (Sedgefield Affective Disorders) within the community as a Psychological Therapist in 2014, providing highly complex psychological therapies. During this period I trained to deliver Dialectical Behavioural Psychotherapy (Skills Group and individual). I also became fully qualified as a mindfulness teacher and deliver Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in a group format, or individually. I am deeply passionate about delivering the highest standard of care and in 2016 I won a People's Choice Award whilst working with Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust.
- In April 2017 I opened my clinic (alongside my NHS work) to ‘test-out’ the therapeutic market place. After it’s success, in June 2017 I decided to moved fully into private practice. This is where I can use my vast wealth and knowledge of mental and physical ill health from a wide and varied number of settings to treat you in a highly flexible way.
- In 2018 after further intensive training, I advanced from a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT to a Masters degree in the same subject. This has given me a greater insight into the field of psychotherapy.
- In 2019 I sought to enhance my skills even further. I qualified in Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing training with EMDR Association UK and Ireland. I have completed Parts 1, 2 and 3. Finally, I have increased my knowledge of EMDR with the added feature of Attached Focused-EMDR. This was completed with EMDR Focus Limited, November 22nd and 23rd. Therapy Made Easy is now in its second year and I feel incredibly lucky and blessed to be able to do the thing I love the most, supporting others in their therapeutic journey.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Borderline Personality Disorder
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Person-centred therapy
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- £50 per 50 minute session of Psychotherapy* CBT, DBT, EMDR and individual MBCT.
- £250 for an 8 week course of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (2:5hours per group) or £50 for individual sessions.
- £50 per 1 hour session of Occupational Therapy.
- £30 per 50 min session of Life Coaching.
- £50 per 60 min session of Clinical Supervision.
- £50 per 60 mins Tutor rates (teaching classes)
- Approved by the following private medical insurers: BUPA, AVIVVA, AXA PPP, Healix Health, Vitality and WPA.
Regulating Professional Bodies:
As a member of four professional bodies I adhere to their strict codes of professional conduct. These organisations are responsible for maintaining the highest standards of health care, they are listed below. If you are concerned about my practice you can contact the appropriate service listed.
- The Health Care and Professions Council:
I am registered with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC)- Occupational Therapist (OT). This is an independent, UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, behaviour and health. Check my details here- https://www.hcpc-uk.org/
- The British Assocation for Behavioural and Cognitive Pyschotherapies:
Fully accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (UK lead organisation). You can check my details here- http://www.cbtregisteruk.com/Default.aspx
- The Royal College of Occupational Therapists:
Currently, I am a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, who set the professional and educational standards for the occupational therapy profession and represent the profession at national and international levels. RCOT plays a crucial role in promoting the profession and meeting the professional needs of occupational therapy staff in the UK. https://www.rcot.co.uk
- EMDR Association UK and Ireland:
As a member of EMDR Association UK and Ireland my membership number is; H0453. Currently, I am working towards my EMDR practitioner accreditation, this generally takes a year after qualifying http://emdrassociation.org.uk
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My room is on the third floor and the building does not have a lift unfortunately.
Sessions are available from 8am until 9pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday’s. I can also offer time on a Saturday morning, as and when required.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Pricing: £50 per I hour session (paid cash/bank transfer- as you go).