Dr. Simon Rowbottom

Dr Simon Rowbottom is a chartered psychologist and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society.  He is also the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter with The Boo Radleys.  This experience has given him a unique insight into the specific problems associated with working in the music industry.

Simon completed his doctorate in psychotherapeutic and counselling psychology at the University of Surrey, focusing his research on problematic male gender role norms.  He has worked widely in the NHS including Oxford Health Psychological Services department, a community mental health team in Berkshire, and a specialist psychotherapy department in Surrey and Borders. These roles involved working with a broad spectrum of psychological distress and mental health difficulties.  He has also worked as a specialist lecturer in counselling psychology.

He is now in private practice and works in a way that combines three different therapeutic approaches – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Humanistic/Person-Centred Therapy. He also draws on other specific approaches such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassionate Mind Training.

In 2021, Simon will be launching a new project – Balanced Psychology – a presentation-based workshop aimed at mental health education.