Dr Robert Dow (BSc BMus PGDip LLM MA MSc PhD DipCouns HPD MNCH (Reg.))

Former Administrator - Clinical Educator Programme


Robert Dow formerly worked part-time for the Clinical Educator Programme (CEP) as an Administrator. He is currently a Counsellor and  Associate Lecturer for the Open University.

He studied Music, Law, General Science, Biotechnology, High Performance Computing and Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and Music and Biological Recording at the University of Birmingham, completing a PhD in Musical Composition under the supervision of Jonty Harrison. He is also a keen plants person, and has completed many courses in botany and horticulture, for example, the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture, and the RBGE Certificate in Practical Horticulture.

He completed the COSCA Counselling Diploma (Transactional Analysis)  at Physis Scotland and the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills at Edinburgh College. At present he is a volunteer counsellor for the UK Counselling Network (UKCN).

He is an enthusiastic, although novice, rower and a member of the St Andrew Boat Club.


  • PhD (Music), University of Edinburgh
  • MA (Music), University of Birmingham
  • MSc (Film Studies) (Distinction), University of Edinburgh
  • LLM (Law), University of Edinburgh
  • PgDip (Biological Recording) (Distinction), University of Birmingham
  • PgDip (High Performance Computing)(Merit), University of Edinburgh
  • BSc (hons) (Biotechnology) (1st class), University of Edinburgh
  • BMus (hons)(Music)(2nd class, first division), University of Edinburgh
  • BSc (General Science), University of Edinburgh
  • University Certificate (Biological Recording), University of Birminhgam
  • Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD)
  • COSCA Diploma in Counselling (Transactional Analysis)
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills

Counselling CPD


  • Exploring Personality Adaptations in Relationships (2 hours)  Vann Joines
  • Working with Clients Who have "Grown Up too Fast" (2 hours) Matthew Elton


  • Working with Psychosis (1.5 hours) Conor McCormack

  • The Drama Triangle II: Exploring New Angles (2 hours) Matthew Elton 
  • Introduction to Personality Disorders in Clinical Practice (2 hours) Rachel Hopping
  • Co-creative Script (2.5 hours) Traian Bossenmayer and Paul Robinson
  • Suicide and Self Harm (3 hours) Janine Rennie
  • Inclusion and Empowerment (2 hours) EATA
  • Working with Difference and Diversity  (6 hours) Physis Scotland
  • Foundation Skills in Student Mental Health (1 hour) Maudsley Learning
  • Working with Clients Who Feel Stuck (2 hours) Frances Townsend
  • The Unconscious from Freud to Lacan (1.5 hours) Conor McCormack
  • Working with Addictions in Clinical Practice (2 hours) Rachel Hopping


  • Working with Clients Remotely (6 hours) Physis Scotland

  • Culture, Diversity and Inclusion (6 hours) Physis Scotland
  • Stuckness: Working with Impasses (2 hours) Mark Head
  • Men, Intimacy and Shame (4 hours) James Hawkes
  • Initiating Sex Talk (2 hours) Kalanit Ben-Ari
  • Sex Work Today (2 hours) Del Campbell
  • Dealing with Disclosure (3 hours) Janine Rennie
  • Working with Trauma (3 hours) Janine Rennie
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (3 hours) Janine Rennie
  • Strengthening Adult Function (2 hours)  Anca Tiurean
  • Training for Bereavement Counselling (18 hours) John Wilson


  • Understanding ‘Privileged Abandonment’ Trauma States (1.5 hours) Nick Duffell

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • MNCH(Reg.) (National Council for Hypnotherapy)
  • UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis) (Student Membership)
  • CNCH registered
  • Fellow of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics

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