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Dr Simon Rowbottom

About Me
Dr Simon Rowbottom - BSc (Hons), PsychD, CPsychol

In order to become a Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychologist, I studied initially for three years at undergraduate level in Psychology and then completed a four year doctoral training course at the University of Surrey. I work in a way that combines three different therapeutic approaches - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Humanistic/Person-Centred Therapy. Please see the About My Service page for an explanation of these terms. I also draw on other specific approaches such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassionate Mind Training.

I have worked in Oxford Health NHS foundation trust's Psychological Services department, a community mental health team for Berkshire Mental Health NHS foundation trust, and have experience working within an NHS psychotherapy department. These roles involved working with a broad spectrum of psychological distress and mental health difficulties, ranging from mild to severe and enduring. Before becoming a psychologist, I worked in the music business for 12 years, and then became a stay-at-home father for 7 years.

I have conducted research in the area of the male gender role, and its associated psychological distress and this is an area in which I specialise. I continue to be involved with the writing and dissemination of research in this area.

I am an Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society and am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society. I am committed to the codes of ethics for both societies and adhere to their professional standards and practices.


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology - First Class (Oxford Brookes University)
  • Winner of the British Psychological Society's Prize for Highest Graduating Mark
  • PsychD in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology (University of Surrey)
  • Chartered Psychologist with The British Psychological Society

Dr Simon Rowbottom

Dr Simon Rowbottom

Example Publication

Rowbottom, S., Brown, D. & Cachia, P. (2012) The Male Gender Role and Men's Psychological Distress: A Review. Social Psychological Review, 14 (1) p. 16-27.
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