Stuart Robinson

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Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40
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About me

I work in a person centred way with individuals - listening as you identify your difficulties, encouraging you to express your feelings to help you gain understanding and to find a way forward that is right for you, at your pace. The person centred approach recognises the importance of the counsellor/ client relationship, whereby a counsellor respects their client who in turn, feels able to trust their therapist.

I draw on my experience and knowledge, both as a children and families social worker/ manager for 26 years and 19 years as a counsellor, and I recognise how my personal life experiences have shaped me into the person I am today. This gives me good insight into working empathically and in a supportive way with people across a wide variety of situations.
 
How I work
I offer face to face counselling appointments and since the Covid pandemic  have offered virtual appointments either over the phone or VOIP (voice over internet portal: Zoom/ Skype). During In light of the pandemic, I successfully completed the Open University Level 2 Intermediate course: 'How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer'.

I am also training as a counselling supervisor, undertaking the Advanced Certificate in Clinical Supervision including Online and Telephone Working (July 2024 - provider: Counselling Tutor). 

I am flexible in offering one-off counselling sessions, appointments over a number of weeks, or longer term work to suit you. Each session lasts for 60 minutes. The first time we discuss together is a way to get to know each other and for you to decide whether you think I am the right person to help you.  I am available Tuesday to Thursday daytimes/ early evenings and very occasionally work on Mondays and Fridays, or Saturday mornings.

How I can help you
I have experience in supporting people across a wide range of issues - including abuse, adjustment, bereavement, depression, dissociation, health related matters and palliative care, men's and women's issues, personal development, relationships, self esteem, sexual identity and sexuality, stress, trauma and work related issues. I am open to listening and helping you, whatever your difficulty.

Where I work
I work from my home and provide a comfortable ground floor counselling room. My house is approximately one and a half miles from Chesterfield town centre on a main bus route and if travelling by car, you are welcome to park on my drive, accessed from the front of my property. NB: I do not have a separate waiting area so I ask that clients arrive at the agreed appointment time rather than any earlier

Financial support
Please note that I offer discounted rates to Trainee Counsellors and people in receipt of benefits. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications                                                                                                                  - - currently undertaking the Advanced Certificate in Clinical Supervision including Online and Telephone Working (July 2024) - provider: Counselling Tutor)

- Open University Level 2 Intermediate course: 'How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer', 29/04/20 (6 hours, online learning)                                      - Certificate of Competency, Counselling for Depression, 2015                            - Post graduate Diploma in Professional Leadership and Management (Social Care and Health), 2011                                                                                                    - BACP Certificate of Accreditation, 09/05/11                                                            - Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, 2005                                                              - MA/ Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, 1986                                            - BA Social Studies with Social Work, 1984

Work Experience
My first full time employment was as a houseparent within a therapeutic community for adults with learning difficulties. Whilst physically and emotionally challenging, this provided me with a marvellous insight into the lives of individuals with a wide range of needs and levels of understanding, enabling me to develop compassion and empathy.

Whilst training as a social worker I undertook work experience within a large general hospital in the West Midlands and on qualifying I worked generically with adults and children before specialising in children and families work (local authorities and the voluntary sector). As a manager I had responsibility for child protection, looked after children, family support and leaving care services. As my interest in counselling developed and I began my counselling training in 2002, studying part time, alongside my main work role.

My first counselling placement was within a Derbyshire hospice over a 6 month period, offering counselling to people  who had been bereaved; this was followed by a placement with a Nottinghamshire sexual abuse charity, providing counselling to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. On qualifying as a counsellor (2005), I continued as a volunteer counsellor in this setting, until 2011. During that time I served for 2 years as a committee member and then ultimately chairperson of the organisation for 2 years.

From 2006 onwards I began working as an independent counsellor, supporting staff working for a Nottinghamshire learning difficulties registered charity (2008- 2015) and once I had gained an additional award - counsellor 'Accreditation' in 2011 - I was approached by an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) company to offer counselling to staff working for the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust and Derbyshire Community Health Trust. I have been able to put to good use the knowledge and skills gained from the roles I have occupied within social work, and subsequently the NHS, hospice and higher education settings and also my management and leadership qualification - see above.

In 2012 I channelled my energies solely into counselling and I began in a full time role as a counsellor with a local NHS IAPT service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) - working with people experiencing depression, general anxiety and other 'common mental health' difficulties, based within GP surgeries and a community base, working closely with other health professionals. After 3 years I changed employment to Ashgate Hospice, Chesterfield, becoming manager of the Psychological Support and Counselling Service, working directly with people experiencing life limiting illnesses and their families, and those who had been bereaved. In June 2016, in order to achieve a more effective work-life balance, I made the decision to work as a self employed counsellor, supporting people across a wide range of issues, drawing on my variety of roles, over the years.

Between 2017-2020, alongside my self employed Counsellor role, I worked part time at the University of Sheffield (Student Access to Mental Health Support Service/ University Counselling Service) assessing students with emotional health issues, providing individual counselling and project manging the development of student experience focus groups. I also delivered training, mentored staff from other University Departments and undertook peer reviews of other mental health services in line with APPTS (Accreditation Process for Psychological Therapies Services) standards.

Client Feedback
I've included some comments from a range of clients I've worked with over the years:

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for listening to me. I would leave our meetings feeling like a human being.  Meeting with you shined a light on my problems...you made my demons known to me...simply by sitting and listening to my words. I will remember our conversations for the rest of my life. (S, 2015)

Thank you for all your help. You have enabled me to re-evaluate difficult things and put them into place. You have been absolutely wonderful. (K, 2017)

Stuart, I just can't thank you enough for the time spent together over recent weeks. Through skilled questioning, to enable me to explore my options and your patience in allowing me thinking time, I now feel clear headed and ready to move my life forward. (J, trainee counsellor, 2020)

Thank you for reading my Profile and I hope I can be of help to you.

Member organisations

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BACP
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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have counselled adults affected by the impact of meningitis, for a national UK meningitis charity and for a number of years supported staff within an East Midlands charity offering support to autistic adults and children. I am currently registered with a number of Employee Assistance Programme providers and offer brief therapy to staff from NHS and Police, not for profit organisations and the private sector. I also receive referrals from individuals who approach me, independently. Whilst not having a formal qualification in couples work, I have read around this issue and been able to offered it to a number of couples, when asked, by Employee Assistance Programme firms.

Typically I have tended to offer telephone counselling only when I have an established counselling relationship with a client via face to face sessions although I have adapted my ways of practice in light of the current situation (Covid-19). I am  experienced in undertaking telephone / Zoom counselling sessions for clients on behalf of companies (EAP work) and likewise offer phone/ Skype counselling to private paying clients. Please inform me if you are a key worker and I will consider offering a concessionary counselling rate. Whilst I do not have a formal couples counselling qualification although have offered this work when requested by a company, or by individuals, to explore relationship issues in a general way.

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

Charges for individual counselling: £40 per hour/ £35 concessionary rate (trainee counsellors and people in receipt of benefits). I offer an initial free 15 minute Consultation via telephone/ Zoom to establish that your issues are appropriate for counselling and to ascertain any immediate risk issues or support needs. 

My Counselling Agreement (below) details my charges and explains the boundaries I operate within - 

Stuart Robinson, Counsellor/ Therapist - Statement of Understanding

What is counselling? Counselling enables you to explore thoughts and feelings about issues affecting you, and to gain better understanding about how to move forward. I work face to face with clients and also via Video over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Confidentiality/ record keeping. My principle is: “What’s said in the room, stays in the room” although I may need to consider sharing your information if there is serious risk of you harming yourself/ others (or where you know this relates to someone else or a crime is being committed). Wherever possible, I will work with you to gain your consent to share information and will only do so on a ‘need to know basis’ - for instance with your GP or emergency services. (NB: Under certain legislation – risk of terrorism, etc – I may have to act independently). 

I take brief notes during therapy session and will store these securely between sessions, complying with the General Date Protection Regulations.

I receive monthly clinical supervision and may discuss client situations with my Supervisor without identifying individual client details.

Missed appointments/ short notice cancellation. Please provide at least 24 hours’ notice if you are unable to attend an appointment. I will consider charging for missed appointments with less notice.  

Charges. £40 (£35 reduced rate) per hour session for individual counselling and £50.00 per hour for couple counselling. 

Payment can be made in cash, by bank transfer (preferred – which I appreciate being made 24 hours in advance), or cheque.

Professional standards/ resolution of issues. I aim to work collaboratively with you in the hope that you can express yourself freely. If there is anything you are unclear about during your session, I hope you feel able to say so at the time. I am regulated by, and work in accordance with, the BACP ethical framework. You are welcome to contact BACP for advice or to access its complaints/ representation process – tel: 01455 883300 website: www.bacp.co.uk

Stuart Robinson, MBACP (Accred) - Membership No: 588421                  Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling                                                                Certificate in Counselling for Depression                                                      Currently undertaking Advanced Certificate in Clinical Supervision including Online and Telephone Working (July 2024)

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Counsellor…………………………………….             Client….……………………………………….

Date……...……………….                                                                           Updated 04/07/24

When I work

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I am able to offer flexible appointments, daytime/ some early evenings and occasional Saturday mornings. 

Further information

Counselling for Depression
My Counselling for Depression qualification (2015) demonstrates my ability to work at relational depth with clients, closely following and exploring the experiences you describe to me, in order to more specifically assist you.

PODS - dissociation
I was a counsellor member of PODS - Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors (registered charity) - although this disbanded in 2019 and deemed able to work effectively with adults who have experienced previous trauma and abuse.  

Survivors UK - male sexual abuse
I have undertaken an intensive training course by Survivors UK (registered charity for male survivors of sexual abuse) and am recognised as an appropriate counsellor in this area. I was also  a volunteer counsellor (then committee member and chairperson - each for 2 years) of a Nottinghamshire sexual abuse survivors charity.

Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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NB: I have a step of 6" from the front of my house immediately before the double front entrance doors. My counselling room is on the ground floor, the 1st room on the L of the hallway. I am willing to dicuss accessibility issues with potential clients.

Online platforms

Zoom

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