Doreen Robinson, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Doreen Robinson

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Doreen Robinson, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Doreen Robinson

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My Approach

Sometimes our lives can become problematic for a number of reasons and sometimes therapy may help to rebalance those problems.
I am a qualified, registered and experienced Family and Systemic Psychotherapist and use this therapeutic approach in my psychotherapy practice. Systemic Psychotherapy focuses on belief systems and patterns of behaviour in all of our relationships, be they at home, at work or in the communities in which we live.

Our belief systems stem from our family values which in turn influences how we behave. Sometimes these patterns of behaviour can become unhelpful when trying to manage with everyday life events as well as more traumatic events.

Systemic Psychotherapy can help to consider different perspectives in order to create different responses to problems which arise.
I can work with individuals, couples and different combinations of family members. I recognise that "family" may have many representations across culture, gender and family can include very close friends and support systems which are not "traditional" family.
I highly value the positive effects of Systemic Psychotherapy. This has lead my therapeutic practice, my teaching of it's theory and application and my scholarly writing.

About Me

My interest in and extensive experience of therapy for over 30 years, began in the sociology and legal field of Social Work. This included community work, fostering and adoption work as well groupwork with children and young people in schools and youth groups.
I qualified as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist in 2003 and have practiced in this field ( and in Social Work ) since.

I have worked for the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust for 16 years delivering intensive family therapy as a Lead Family and Systemic Psychotherapist,
Systemic Consultation to workplace groups as well as teaching there.
My therapeutic practice has been within specialist charities, local authorities and education in addition to my private practice.
As a result I have very wide range of therapeutic experience and have worked successfully with clients from diverse backgrounds. My own background as an Indian Carribbean lends a unique perspective to difference and similarity in therapy as we all navigate our lives in these times.

I am approachable, considered and thoughtful in my therapy with clients and together, we have created some memorable and effective changes to difficulties and problems for which they have chosen to seek therapy.

I work with

  • Companies
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

Many points of crisis arise through bereavement, be they current, recent or past bereavements. Sadly, lives have been lost suddenly through accidents or through acts of violence. This creates huge chasms of loss and incomprehension for those left behind. Illness and the fearful COVID have also left people adrift and in acute pain about their losses. Systemic Psychotherapy can help to think about our ideas about loss and grieving and how to begin to face these losses.
Personal couple relationships are so much more than the two people involved. Often, literally, other people become influential in a couple's relationship, offering advice and sometimes more. Couples ofcourse have their own special bonds but all relationships face many pressures as life events impact upon a couple. Systemic Psychotherapy can help pinpoint learned patterns of how couples relate to each other and when this becomes unhelpful. Taking a different approach through therapy can often yield unexpected and positive results.
Family is important and because it is, we wish to make it as harmonious as possible. Modern life presents daily challenges to this. Families encompass couples, parents, grandparents, in- laws, children, teenagers. Every one at every level are managing their micro worlds. This can be ripe for misunderstandings, grieviances, real or imagined, jealous rivalries and alliances across generations and genders. Add to the mix pressures from the worlds of work, education, health changes and aging and the points of stress can become enormous. Our recent lockdowns due to COVID may have brought many of these issues to light. Family and Systemic Psychotherapy can address problems from various levels and positive changes can be affected in a relatively short period of time.
Identity, ethnicity and race are very important issues for us all. The Black Lives Matter movement is the latest to highlight the inherent inequalities and imbalances of the contexts in which we live. How these inequalites impact some more than others cannot be ignored, despite the general belief system that each individual is responsible for their own mental health. This ignores the communities in which we live and the pressures people are constantly under. The strength of belief systems both within families and the wider society have been and continue to be challenged. However, this has a cost for people of colour, for those who support them and for families of different cultures where race and ethnicity may be alive or silent issues. Systemic Psychotherapy looks at difference and similarity and how this operates both obviously and subtly within all relationships and more importanlty, how relationships can change to be more fruitful and satisfying.
We are all in relationships with each other, even if we are not in contact. We know of each other, we have ideas about each other, we love and care about some, we dislike and fear some. We may be curious and interested in some and we may long for some. The recent lockdowns have painfully reminded us of how we live in relationship to each other. How we are dependant upon each other. Relationships are important. How they begin, develop, go on,change and end. Family and Systemic Psychotherapy is a relational therapy and it really can help to examine how and why relationships work and when the hiccups happen.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Family and Systemic Psychotherapist
  • Family Therapist
  • Systemic Family and Couple Psychotherapist
  • Systemic Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Adoption
  • Bereavement
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Gender
  • Identity Problems
  • Online Counselling
  • Parents
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Race Issues
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Counselling

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

UKCP College

  • College for Family Couple and Systemic Therapy (CFCST)

Working with Children

For more information about therapy for children and young people, visit our info page.
Doreen Robinson

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