Hi, I'm Bob

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I'm Bob Colter and I have been a Clinical Psychologist for over 35 years.


I have been providing psychological services to adults with mental health problems in the NHS and also on a private basis. I have worked in Community Mental Health Teams for over 15 years as a Clinical Psychologist and Manager, leading and developing these teams to a high standard.

I became a Clinical Director in the NHS Mental Health Service in Gwent, Wales in 1997, where I was responsible for leading many service developments for in-patient and community services for over 10 years. I was also Head of a large Adult Psychology Service for over 20 years up until 2014. During this time I developed and ran a specialist psychological service for people with extreme difficulties in managing their emotional states and established a successful service (using DBT & MBT) which has helped many people gain control over them and have productive positive lives. This service is still running and providing NHS help to those in need.

"Enabling people to cultivate a healthy and productive state of mind is my sole aim."

I have received training in many psychological therapies during my years of practice and have been able to apply them appropriately and receive supervision when doing so on an ongoing basis. This includes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I draw from all of these models of therapy in the help I offer to people. 

It is my mission to offer individuals struggling with day–to–day life innovative psychological solutions to help themselves feel better. I have found talking therapies to be highly effective when a person is failing to function in their work, relationships, and social life, and I find satisfaction in equipping them with the tools they need to master the problems in their mind. Enabling people to cultivate a healthy and productive state of mind is my sole aim. As opposed to quick-fix therapies, it's more a question of teaching people how to understand themselves, manage their own mind and gain the tools to independent self-regulation.

My qualifications

 

  • B.A. (Hons.) Social Psychology, University of Sussex, 1978

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sussex, Psychology, 1984 – my PhD investigated psychological change in the psychotherapy of anxiety disorders.

  • Trained as a Clinical Psychologist in the North West Thames Regional Health Authority (North West London) for 3 years

  • Diploma in Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society, 1987

  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist
     

Associations I'm a member of

 

  • Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and the Division of Clinical Psychology

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)

  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist

  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council, the regulators of the Clinical Psychology profession

  • Practitioner Psychologist – No. PYL03772