Hi, I’m Rob Stuart – welcome to Start Counselling. If you’re suffering from stress, depression, anxiety or relationship difficulties, I can help you feel better. It’s not always easy choosing the right counsellor, so here are some key facts about myself to help you decide.
I trained for five years at Birkbeck College, University of London and graduated in 2014 with an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I also have a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the Open University and a BA in Philosophy and Politics from the University of East Anglia.
I completed my training at an NHS outpatient’s clinic in Westminster, where I worked for five years as an Honorary Psychotherapist under the close supervision of an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy.
I have worked in various NHS crisis teams in Camden as a Clinical Support Worker, supporting people in acute distress, often after an act of self-harm or a suicide attempt.
Many of the patients I helped had complex diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, manic-depression (bi-polar disorder), emotionally unstable personality disorder, schizo-affective disorder and others.
I have worked for a prominent UK suicide prevention charity as a Community Link Worker, where I developed and delivered training on suicide awareness and prevention to other mental health professionals.
In addition, I have also worked in private health care, supporting people with long term forensic mental health concerns, including schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, Korsakoff’s syndrome and antisocial personality disorder.
I have seen how bad things can get, which is why I encourage people to start counselling now, rather than wait until it’s too late. I know many people that have done just that and never looked back.
I’m a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the prestigious British Psychoanalytic Council.
I was recently appointed a Trustee for a psychosocial charity called OPUS (An Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society).
I am the Director in charge of the ‘Listening Post’ portfolio that creates a space in central London for people to talk about their preoccupations in society at regular intervals throughout the year.
I’m also an active member of the Climate Psychology Alliance.
Continuing Professional Development
I’ve attended seminars at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and conferences at the Tavistock Centre and the Birkbeck Counselling Association.
I’m currently preparing a paper with the working title ‘Climate Change: A Psychoanalytic Perspective’ to present to the Birkbeck Counselling Association in March, 2019.
Thanks for reading. I hope you found it helpful in making your decision whether to contact me. If you’d like to find out more or talk to me about how I can potentially help you, please get in touch.