Mr Robert Topping
Member Status: Accredited
Member No: NCS19-10198
I recognise that it can be difficult to take that first step in asking for help therefore I have provided some information about my professional background which may help you in your decision-making.
I offer a confidential, non-judgemental counselling service for individuals and couples. I provide a regular space and time for you to explore life’s current difficulties, supporting you to find new ways to live your life more effectively.
As an integrative counsellor I believe that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Rather, each client needs to be considered as a whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to the individual needs and personal circumstances with paramountcy on forming a sound therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor.
I offer both short term and long term counselling therapy, for example, if you only have one issue you want to exclusively focus on, a short-term therapy might be best. If you’d like to understand yourself, and how your past has informed your present day patterns, have several issues you’d like to approach, or just aren’t sure what you will discover? Long-term therapy might be called for. We can explore your needs within our initial session.
Training, qualifications and experience
I first trained to become a bereavement counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care in 2011, working with adults, children and young people facing grief and loss. Since then, I continued to diversify and develop my skills and experience through RelateNI; working with couples and individuals; RNIB on their Need to Talk Project (NTT) providing telephone counselling; Familyworks as a post-primary schools counsellor; Jigsaw Project as a primary school counsellor and within other various community counselling settings before opening my own private practice.
I have over fifteen years experience of working in the statutory and voluntary sectors as a Youth Worker, Mentor and Facilitator, specialising in assessing the social, emotional, behavioural and educational needs of young people and devising programmes to enable them to be reach their full potential. I have a wealth of experience as a trainer of accredited and non-accredited courses.
I am a professionally qualified youth worker following the completion of my BA (Hons) Youth Work. This is validated by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) which recognises youth and community workers’ qualifications which have been professionally approved by the Education Training Standards (ETS) Committee of the National Youth Agency.
I have a post-graduate qualification in Educational Studies.
I am an Accredited member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred) & also a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and as such I abide by both their Code of Ethics.
I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Person-centred & Psychodynamic) and a further Diploma in Relationship Counselling, both accredited by CPCAB.
I have a certificate in Person Centred Counselling accredited by Queens University, Belfast.
Contact me if you would like to discuss your situation briefly or to arrange an initial meeting, or if you have any other questions about the service(s) I offer.
I am comfortable to meet with you for a one-off session which we can use to discuss what counselling could offer you as I believe that the relationship is paramount in determining the effectiveness of our work together.
Counselling Sessions: £35 (50 minute session)
Online Counselling Sessions: £35 (50 minute session)
*Cash or card payments accepted
**For all appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice the full session fee will be applied.
- Qualifications & ExperiencePost Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies
BA Youth Work
BSc Community Development
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Relationship Counselling
Certificate in Person Centred Counselling (Queens)
- What I can help with
- Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Bereavement / Loss
- Divorce & Separation
- Eating disorders
- Financial difficulties
- Gender identity
- Generally unhappy with your life
- Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
- Sexuality Identity
- Shyness / Social Phobia
- Suicidal feelings
- Young people and children
- Emotional issues
- Panic attacks
- Self esteem
- Self-defeating behaviours
- Children / teenagers