Dr Simon Rowbottom - Chartered Psychologist in Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire
Many of us find that life often confronts us with unexpected emotional challenges, relationship difficulties, psychological pain, or challenging situations. At times like these, we can often feel distressed, overwhelmed, and not know where to turn for help.
I offer evidence-based psychological therapies for a wide range of emotional, relational, and behavioural difficulties. I am trained in a range of therapeutic approaches, which means that I am able to consider a person’s difficulties in a way that suits their individual needs. I have experience with such issues as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias.
I provide a therapeutic experience where a person can feel safe and secure within a non-judgemental professional environment provided by a competent and experienced practitioner. As a registered and chartered psychologist, I am committed to the codes of ethics for the British Psychological Society (BPS) and adhere to their professional standards and practices.
I am an integrative practitioner, which means that I commonly work by combining a number of therapeutic approaches which are tailored to suit your specific, individual needs. The three main approaches I use are:
Humanistic/Person-centred Therapy, which focuses on the natural tendency people have to grow emotionally. This approach emphasises the value of empathic listening, the healthy expression of emotions, and creating a non-judgemental environment that fosters emotional growth.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which is based on exploring and testing out thoughts and beliefs that may contribute to psychological problems. It can be a more active form of therapy that may involve monitoring of thought processes, and challenging previously held assumptions.
Psychodynamic therapy, which emphasises our relationship histories and how they have shaped our patterns of emotional coping and ways of relating to both ourselves and others.
I also draw on other specific approaches such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassionate Mind Training.
Training, qualifications & experience
In order to become a Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychologist, I studied initially for three years at undergraduate level in Psychology and then completed a four year doctoral training course at the University of Surrey.
I have worked in Oxford Health NHS foundation trust’s Psychological Services department, a community mental health team for Berkshire Mental Health NHS foundation trust, and have experience working within an NHS psychotherapy department. These roles involved working with a broad spectrum of psychological distress and mental health difficulties, ranging from mild to severe and enduring. Before becoming a psychologist, I worked in the music business for 12 years, and then became a stay-at-home father for 7 years.
I have conducted research in the area of the male gender role, and its associated psychological distress and this is an area in which I specialise. I continue to be involved with the writing and dissemination of research in this area.
I am a Chartered Psychologist with The British Psychological Society – the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK, responsible for the development, promotion and application of pure and applied psychology.
BSc (Hons) Psychology – First Class (Oxford Brookes University)
Winner of the British Psychological Society’s Prize for Highest Graduating Mark
PsychD in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology (University of Surrey)
Chartered Psychologist with The British Psychological Society
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £70 per one hour session for individuals, and £100 per one hour session for couples.
Reduced fees are available for therapists in training.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque, or bank transfer.
Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the session will not be charged. Cancellations made on the day of the session will be charged at the full rate.
Due to extra administrative and communication time, individual fees claimed through insurance companies will be charged at the rate of £100 per hour.