Hi, I’m Rob and I’m a qualified and UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor from Nottingham, UK. I currently run a successful independent practice which I started in 2015. I previously worked at the University of Nottingham Counselling Service for 5 years (working with students and staff), the NHS City Hospital (Dundee House counselling service) and was also a support worker for adults with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) in my previous career. I am also a freelance Illustrator and Artist.
Although attitudes towards mental health have greatly improved in recent years, there is often a stigma about going to see a counsellor; many people still unfortunately assume that there must be something "wrong", or that "only crazy people need counselling". This simply isn't true. Most of us visit the dentist to check-up on our oral health fairly regularly, or the GP when we intermittently feel unwell throughout life - why not apply similar principles to our mental health?
Counselling is a very personal decision and everybody comes for different reasons - there is no right or wrong. Sometimes there is a very specific concern or issue; other times it's more a general 'feeling'; perhaps of sadness or being unable to cope, that may not make much sense to us.
We might even have great support around us (family, friends etc.), yet still experience an overwhelming sense of isolation. This isn't uncommon! Those we love might have the best intentions, but talking to someone completely removed from our lives can be hugely beneficial.
Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, it can be life changing.
My Counselling Approach
I primarily trained in what is known as 'Person-Centred' psychotherapy and counselling, which basically means I believe in forming a professional, compassion-focused relationship based on acceptance, empathy, genuineness, trust (and a bit of laughter never hurts!).
However, I don't do a passive 'sit and nod' form of therapy. Often I'll be encouraging us to work together and look at relevant past events, relationship dynamics and archetypal themes which might inform the present. Other times it might be more appropriate to formulate a plan of action; some goals or direction which you can work towards in a healthy and positive manner. This is more in line with what's often called an 'Integrative' or 'Pluralistic' form of psychotherapy.
The key factor is that we work together cooperatively and I will guide you through the process, with you in the driving seat.
The Counselling Environment
I work from home in an upstairs room (for wheelchair access it is possible to work from the ground floor). It's a private and safe environment, on a small residential street just off Hucknall High Street (You'd never know there was a main road around the corner!). Specific information on how to get to me can be provided upon request.
During the day you are welcome to park on the drive outside the house. There is also a residential car park next to the house with a single guest parking space (so the usage of this is limited unfortunately). Please be aware this is a narrow street and it can be difficult to get in/out with larger cars!
Alternatively, there is the free Hucknall NET Tram Park & Ride only 3-4 minute walk away, and several pay-and-display car parks along the high street.
My Qualifications and Experience
I have an MSc in ‘Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling’, having trained and qualified with the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI) in 2015. I am a fully accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP).
I previously worked at the University of Nottingham Counselling Service for 5 years, working with students and staff within the entire university. I previously worked in a multi-disciplinary NHS hospital environment as a counsellor for almost 3 years providing open-ended psychotherapy for individuals with serious chronic health conditions (primarily diabetes). Before this I worked for East Midlands Autism (Previously NORSACA) as a support worker for adults with an Autistic Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) - I also have a brother who is diagnosed with Autism, so lots of personal experience too!
I have a lot of experience with staff and students from a higher education setting, working with themes such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, bereavement, perfectionism and procrastination - I also work with trauma (+ PTSD and CPTSD), socio-cultural diversity issues among others.
I have supported individuals through complex bullying cases (sometimes institutional) and helped manage those situations as best they can.
Another area of interest is what is commonly now known as 'Narcissistic abuse'; helping clients to recognise the often subtle signs of abuse (sometimes known as 'red flags'), hold sufficient boundaries, stay as safe and 'detoxify' situations as much as possible.
I have worked with individuals from all across the globe, from all walks of life and met some absolutely fantastic people along the way - and hoping to meet many more!
My areas of experience include, but is not limited to:
Clients with Diabetes and other lifelong health conditions
Autism and Asperger's (ASD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)
Childhood Sex Abuse
Suicidal thoughts and/or ideation
Anxiety and Depression
Relationship issues (not couples therapy)
Archetypal themes (such as Jungian psychotherapy)