Robin Altwarg BSc (Hons) MSc MBPsS MBACP (Accred)
I am a professionally qualified and BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with 20 years experience. I provide counselling for individuals and couples, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), on a short-term and long-term basis in an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. During the coronavirus outbreak I am providing all counselling sessions via secure video meeting software.
Sessions take place in a caring and professional environment, which is sufficiently challenging to effect change. Working together we can help you gain better understanding of yourself, to overcome obstacles in your life, and reach your goals.
I work with people on a wide range of issues. My expertise lies in the areas of: social anxiety, low self-esteem and compulsive lying. I also help people with depression, generalised anxiety, phobias, anger management, stress, relationship difficulties and sexuality.
My approach to counselling/psychotherapy
There are a number of different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. I work primarily using CBT, Schema Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), which all have a strong evidence base. My methods are influenced by Positive Psychology and Solution-Focused Therapy, which help people develop their strengths and work towards solutions. The quality of the therapeutic relationship contributes to a positive outcome in counselling, which is very important in my work.
I offer a non-judgemental approach, without discrimination on such grounds as sex, race, religion, class, nationality, disability or sexual orientation.
You can see my availability and book an appointment at: https://clientportal.powerdiary.com/clientportal/freshinsight
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in various settings within the private sector, NHS and voluntary sector.
My experience of working with clients covers a wide range of issues with clients from all walks of life, including different nationalities, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations.
BSc (Hons) Psychology (accredited by the British Psychological Society) – Birkbeck College, University of London
MSc Counselling Psychology (accredited by the British Psychological Society) – City University, London
Certificate in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) – CPPD Counselling School, London
Certificate of Proficiency – the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
I am an individual member of the following professional bodies and abide by their codes of ethics and am bound by their complaints procedures: the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS) including its Division of Counselling Psychology.
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist and am listed on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Continuing Professional Development
I have also attended numerous courses in specialist areas, including: Anger, Anxiety, Cognitive Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Couple Counselling, Death Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Health Anxiety, Imagery Rescripting, Incorporating Strengths to Build Resilience, LGBT issues, Low Self-Esteem, Mindfulness, Nutrition and Mental Health, Schema Therapy and Social Anxiety.
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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Adjusting to changes in your life
- Compulsive lying
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual or pansexual identity
- Marriage difficulties
- Self-destructive behaviour
- Sexual minority issues
- Unhappiness in childhood
- Work/life balance
The fee is £65 for individuals and £95 for couples.
I am a registered provider with Aviva, AXA PPP, Cigna, The Exeter, Healix and VitalityHealth insurance companies.
For the time being all my counselling sessions will be conducted online using secure video meeting software.
My Old Hall Street consulting room is located in the business district directly opposite Merseyrail's Moorfields station (Old Hall Street exit). Trains run on the Northern Line between Southport, Ormskirk and Hunts Cross, and the Wirral Line between West Kirby, New Brighton, Chester, Ellesmere Port and Lime Street. The following bus routes stop nearby: 54, 82D, 86D, 136, 838. A limited number of car parking bays are available on Old Hall Street. This consulting room is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
My Ullet Road consulting room in L17 is close to Smithdown Road and Sefton Park. It is accessible via the following bus routes: 60, 75, 76, 80, 80A, 80E, 86, 86A, 86C, 86D, 201 and 699. Parking is available in nearby Lathbury Lane and Greenbank Drive. This consulting room is fully accessible to wheelchair users. For disabled drivers prioirty parking can be arranged in advance outside the building.