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Tailored therapy and counselling
in Berkhamsted and London; relationship focussed therapy, working with depression and anxiety.

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Tailored one to one or group training sessions in Berkhamsted or London designed to enhance personal understanding and build new skills.

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EMDR for Trauma

Offering a powerful and rapid therapy technique in Berkhamsted, Watford and London, NHS approved, to relieve distress from trauma, phobias and PTSD.  

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Robert James Consultancy

Building on leadership experience to support business owners through advisory and coaching  

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I offer an approachable professional psychotherapy and coaching service, integrating my clinical training and practice, with my leadership experience developing teams and overseeing operations. Previous senior leadership experiences include being CEO of a therapy training organisation, The Counselling Foundation for over 9 years. Most recently alongside my private practice I am Head of Therapeutic Services at The School of Life, and I oversee the day to day operations and clincial development of the online therapy service which has a global reach.

My aim is to help clients through therapy to achieve clarity and insight so that they can make better sense of their lives, feeling more empowered and with improved emotional resilience. My practice has three pillars; personal therapy, couples work and trauma / PTSD work. I practice EMDR, a treatment for trauma and PTSD informed by neuroscience, which is endorsed by NICE and used in the NHS.

My key services are:

The therapy I provide is relationship focussed, in terms of what I draw attention to in the client’s world with others, as well as resolving conflicts and tensions within themselves.  My work appeals to a range of professionals and couples looking to address blocks to achieving personal goals, improve their relationship and enhance mental health. Find out more in the about section.

My practice locations:

I hold face-to-face therapy and EMDR appointments and also work with clients via video (Zoom).

  • Marylebone, London
  • Berkhamsted
  • Online

Find out more about how I can support you

Contact me via the contact page, email or call me on 07888 754819

How my services can make a difference to you  

I am uniquely positioned as a psychotherapist, having successfully worked with over a hundred professionals providing psychotherapy, relationship and psychology informed leadership coaching. My work is focused on building resilience and emotional intelligence to enhance effectiveness for executives, and I have the credibility of holding leadership roles during my career including my current role at The School of Life. You can read some testimonials on this site. My goals in both therapy and coaching is to enhance your emotional resilience and feelings of empowerment, so that you can gain in confidence and experience greater wellbeing. You can email me at in confidence. I will respond within 24 hours and offer you guidance on the matter. At the initial consultation, you can find out more and then decide whether my services are right for you.

My psychotherapy specialisms include Relationship Focussed Counselling for both individuals and couples. My relationship and couples work is informed from ongoing training and the models offered by both the Imago model and The Gottman Institute. The Gottman Institute has the strength of clincial research underpinning the training.

I have advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) with ‘Richman EMDR training’, an internationally recognised and accredited training, and attachment focused EMDR with Mark Brayne based on the work of Laura Purnell. EMDR offers a cutting-edge technique which enables a timely reduction in the symptoms of anxiety and trauma. EMDR is both NHS and NICE approved. Read more about EMDR on this website and within services. My therapy and EMDR practice is based in Berkhamsted and Marylebone. To find out more call me on 07888 754819.

Personal inspiration in my work

In my couples work I draw from the work of Harville Hendricks and their IMAGO model, as well as the work from the Gottman Institute which has a research base to the work. Clients often ask themselves ‘why’ they have  arrived at this place in their lives. Feedback from psychotherapy clients demonstrates that during and after our work together, they have approached the choices they face in their life with a sense of courage and greater personal freedom, whether in their roles as a parent, a partner or a leader.

I offer services that can empower you with the necessary insight and courage in order to take the next steps on your journey. You can call me on 07888 754819 or email to discuss how we might work together to help you positively move forward in your life.



Thank you for all your guidance and support and giving me the space to think, it helped me get through what was and is still sometimes a difficult time. Best wishes and thank you once again

Caroline, Media company UK, London 2017

I’ve been working with Robert for over a year and can honestly say he has significantly improved my mental health and quality of life. A former sceptic of therapy, I’ve come to realise that it’s one of the best investments I have ever made in my own personal development, relationships and well-being. Robert is incredibly effective at identifying and resolving the issues which underlie my personal challenges and counter productive behaviour. I have every reason to give Robert my highest recommendation.

Marcus, Business Owner and Entrepreneur, Ireland 2018

It took me years to finally make the decision to meet a therapist. I had always associated therapy and counselling with illness, depression or abnormality. It turned out this could not be less true. Therapy with Robert enabled me to make sense of myself. I slowly began to take control of my own life and feel like a normal person; I wasn’t alone anymore.

Amie, Student 2017

I just wanted to share with you how much I appreciate the hard work you did with me to build resilience and get me more connected to my emotions and passions. Despite all the troubles of 2020 I had a very successful year, and a lot of that is down to the work you and I did together. I have finally found something I want to pursue for myself and it is now live!

Stephen software design manager and entrepreneur, January 2021