- is a General Practitioner specialising in counselling, psychotherapy and psychological medicine
- special interests include relationships and couples therapy, abuse and trauma
- prescribes psychotropic medication (for anxiety, depression or insomnia)-as long as the primary reason for referral is psychotherapy
- integrates a number of different theoretical frameworks including systemic family therapy, psychoanalytic self psychology and process-oriented psychology.
- incorporates dreamwork, process-meditation and epistemology (the theory of knowledge or “how we know what we know”) into his psychotherapy.
Robert considers all patients-unless they have a psychotic illness, are suicidal, or suffer from complex post-traumatic stress – to require brief therapy until proven otherwise.
Brief therapy can be defined as anything up to 20 therapy sessions (from 1-20 sessions) and extending over a period of up to 6 months, whereas longer term therapy may last for a year or longer.
More intensive or longer term psychotherapy may be appropriate for people whose mental health condition has been longstanding, who are suicidal or psychotic, or for people with complex post-traumatic stress conditions such as personality disorders or severe sexual abuse.
During his medical studies Robert gravitated towards psychiatry and then later when working in psychiatry decided to pursue family therapy and psychotherapy training instead of the psychiatry training program, as a means of helping people to produce enduring change in their lives.
Robert has a strong commitment to personal and professional development. He has undertaken his own personal development through individual and group psychotherapy and continues to develop himself personally and professionally.
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