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Hello!

Hi, I’m Rob and I’m a qualified and UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor from Nottingham, UK, primarily (but not exclusively) working with young adults in higher education settings.

Although attitudes towards mental health have greatly improved, there is still a stigma about going to counselling to which many people assume there must be something "severely wrong"/ that "you're crazy". This couldn't be further from the truth! Someone once said to me "why is it we can openly and happily visit the dentist, or GP when we are in physical pain, but we ignore psychological pain?" - this is quite a vital point.

Counselling is 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 a general feeling of sadness, being unable to cope or low mood that often doesn't make total sense.

We might even have the greatest support around us (family, friends etc.), yet still feel the most overwhelming sense of isolation. This isn't uncommon! Those we love might have the best intentions, but talking to someone completely removed from situations, or our lives, can be hugely beneficial.

Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, it may be one of the most best choices you could ever make.

 

My Counselling Approach

I am primarily trained in what’s known as Person-Centred psychotherapy and counselling, which basically means I believe in forming a professional relationship based on acceptance, empathy, genuineness and trust (plus humour!).

However, I won't do the passive sit and nod form of therapy. Often I'll be encouraging us to work together and look at the past, relationships and dynamics 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.

The key factor is that we work together cooperatively and I will guide you through the process with your direction.

 

The Counselling Environment

I work from home in an upstairs room (pictures below). It's a private and safe environment, on a small residential street just off Hucknall Highstreet.

During the day you are welcome to park on the drive outside the house. 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 2-3 minute walk away.

 

 

 

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 currently work 2 days a week at the University of Nottingham Counselling Service and have been there for 3 years. I have 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).

Students are my primary client group and I have a lot of experience working in the areas with issues such as anxiety, depression, perfectionism and procrastination - as well as drug and alcohol issues, LGBTQ+ and cultural identity issues. I have worked with clients from all across the globe and met some absolutely fantastic individuals along the way (and hope to meet many more!).

I also have a history of working with people on the Autistic spectrum (ASD). I previously worked as a support worker until 2013 for East Midlands Autism (previously NORSACA) and my brother also a diagnosis of Autism (so lots of personal experience too).

It is my opinion that emotional support for parents, siblings and other family members of autistic individuals is still under-acknowledged, and this is an area I am passionate about supporting.

My areas of experience include, but is not limited to:

  • Clients with Diabetes and other lifelong health conditions
  • Student counselling
  • Autism and Asperger's
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Childhood Sex Abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts and/or ideation
  • Self-harm
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement
  • Transpersonal, Spiritual and Existential issues

 

 

Rob Manners Counselling