Hello, I'm Rob. I'm a Person Centred Therapist and Counsellor based in Bebington, Wirral. I work with individuals here in Bebington, as well as online and by telephone.
I hold a master’s degree in counselling and psychotherapy from Liverpool John Moore's University, and have conducted research into men’s mental health. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an individual member of the Person Centred Association (tPCA).
I work with adults of all ages, though I have a special interest in working with young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and low self-esteem. Issues I can help with include:
> Relationship issues
> Low Self-Esteem
> Intimate partner violence
> Abuse and trauma
> Bereavement and loss
> Suicidal thoughts
> Stress and burnout
Before working as a therapist I worked as a musician and technician in the arts. I previously studied at LIPA and have extensive experience of working with artists, musicians, writers, and other creatives. I have spent time living in Scotland and the Caribbean. I have worked with people from many different backgrounds and cultures, including people who are neurodiverse, LGBTQ+, or disabled. I value everyone I meet as an individual who deserves the same respect as anyone else, regardless of their background and life story.
How I work
I am a person centred therapist.
Person centred therapy is an evidence based approach to helping that leverages the therapeutic relationship to bring about positive change. My main focus in sessions is on holding a safe and supportive relationship where we can explore what is happening for you and find solutions that work for you.
Person centred therapy (PCT) was developed as a non-directive alternative to more directive therapies, like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In CBT, the therapist takes the lead in helping you to identify and change problematic thoughts and behaviours. In PCT, the therapist is more non-directive and holds a safe and confidential space for you to explore the things you need to at your own pace. CBT is more structured; PCT is more open ended. Both are offered on the NHS, and both can be helpful for a wide variety of difficulties, though which is best suited for you will depend a lot on your preferences and what you feel will be most helpful.
At times I draw on other ways of working, including existential psychotherapy and affective neuroscience. This is because I believe that no one approach is right for everyone, and I find clients often benefit from exploring existential concerns or learning about how their brains work.