About me

Professional experience

I am a humanistic counsellor and psychotherapist who works with adults on an individual basis in North and Central London. I’ve trained and am in ongoing professional development at Spectrum, a London-based psychotherapy centre. I use a range of approaches, including Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Stanley Keleman’s Formative Psychology®.

I’ve worked in the statutory and voluntary sector in health and social care settings, community development, communications and consultation. I’ve worked with older people, people who have had strokes and people with HIV/AIDS. I originally went to art college and have worked supporting art and design students affected by mental health problems and disabled students. As part of my training I worked as a volunteer counsellor at the West London Centre for Counselling.

I have individual and group therapy for my own personal growth, support and wellbeing. I have regular supervision with a UKCP-accredited supervisor to support my professional practice, and I hold professional indemnity insurance.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by its Ethical Framework.

My training

I have completed six years’ core counsellor and psychotherapist training, including the following courses:

  • Oxford Cambridge and RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Spectrum Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Spectrum One Year Course in Psychotherapy
  • Spectrum Post-Graduate Course in Psychotherapy
  • Basic, Intermediate, & Advanced Sexuality
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse – Occurrence and Prevention
  • Reparenting Intensive
  • Developing Clinical Skills

My interests as a counsellor and psychotherapist

I’m curious about how we grow, change, come alive and impact ourselves. I particularly love working with Stanley Keleman’s Formative Psychology® as a way of forming new possibilities for ourselves: for me, it’s a deceptively simple, profound practice that can enable us to shape our experience throughout our life, using voluntary muscular effort.

I am also interested in how we can manage and appreciate difference in relationship, whether that’s cultural, religious, gender or our day-to-day needs and wishes.

Experiences, issues and groups I’m particularly interested in working with include:

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Depression
  • End of life and death
  • Grief, loss and bereavement
  • Managing illness or disability
  • Men and their emotional life
  • Relationships
  • Self-worth and self-esteem
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Spirituality, meaning and existential dilemmas
  • Transitions and change
  • Trauma

 


Personal experience

I’m a gay man of mixed heritage. I understand the range of factors, challenges and complexities involved in coming out, whether that’s about our sexuality, gender identity, HIV status or other important things we have not yet shared with others. In my experience coming out starts as an internal process and is an ongoing, life-long practice. It’s both a personal and a political act.

I know what it’s like to experience loss having had someone close to me die. I’ve had to face my own vulnerability and mortality through the experience of a violent, traumatic attack. I know how valuable therapy can be in supporting us to grow and to deal with often painful, life-changing experiences.

I have been drawn to working as a counsellor and psychotherapist through my own experience of therapy, and bring with me a breadth and depth of life experience from which I have learned so much. My work is my vocation, which has come into focus over time.

 


If you’re interested in working with me please call or email me. I treat all contact between us as confidential from the start.

07718 988733
rob@robfrancis.net