I am originally trained in what's known as 'Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling', which basically means that I work by building a professional relationship with each of my clients based on compassion, trust, empathy, genuineness and acceptance (plus a good laugh occasionally where appropriate!). Data from contemporary psychotherapy research clearly indicates that what "works" best in counselling and psychotherapy is essentially the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client, which I always prioritise.
Nowadays, I strongly believe in an 'integrative', or even 'pluralistic' approach to therapy - everybody is different and has individual needs/wants when accessing therapy. I don't believe that any one therapeutic approach or modality holds all the answers. I'm also not the kind of therapist to be overly passive and 'sit and nod' (which is unfortunately a common perception of person-centred therapists). I'll be encouraging us to work safely and collaboratively - like detectives - on exploring relevant past relationship dynamics, behavioural patterns, socio-cultural-economic experiences and sometimes even transpersonal themes (where appropriate) which might inform your present issues - and hopefully overcome them.
We'll often also be co-formulating goals and/or directions in the beginning stages of therapy, and I'll occasionally introduce the offer of exercises that work towards specific solutions (e.g. action plans, journaling or behavioural activation techniques).
The key factor is that we work together cooperatively and I will guide you through the process, with the emphasis being that you are always empowered and in the drivers seat.
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 Nottingham 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 general attitudes towards mental health have greatly improved in recent years, there is still unfortunately a stigma about going to see a counsellor or psychotherapist. Many people falsely 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 may 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.