Bethan Richardson BA (Hons) AKC MBACP (Registered)
Pen-Y-Bont Ar Ogwr
Choosing a counsellor that you like and trust is important, so I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation prior to your first session. This gives us chance to discuss your needs and what I can offer, along with any questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
I offer person-centred counselling, which helps you to find solutions to problems and to bring about the changes in your life that are right for you. Whether you are looking for short term counselling or longer term therapy, I offer therapeutic skills that will help you to address whatever you wish to bring to counselling.
I work with individuals across a wide range of issues. These include anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, loss of all kinds, family and relationship problems, trauma, mental and physical health problems.
I have more specialist experience of working with adults who were abused during childhood (physically/ emotionally/ sexually/ neglected), domestic abuse, and in eating disorders. I also have an interest in service personnel and veterans as I spent five years in the reserve forces, have a first degree in War Studies and conducted my counselling degree research in this field.
Perhaps as importantly, I have been through counselling myself and understand both the process and how transforming therapy can be from a client's perspective.
- GP practice counsellor
- University counsellor
- Counsellor for project working with BME women & domestic abuse
- Counsellor for Mental Health Matters Wales
- Counsellor for Ty Elis Counselling, Porthcawl
- Therapeutic support group co-facilitator for the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
- Team member on residential programme for women with eating disorders
Since 2000, I've worked with people in a variety of roles in the armed forces, NHS and charitable sector. These include children and young people, people with cancer, adults experiencing mental ill health and people with dementia.
What to expect when starting counselling
Expect to budget (in time, financial and emotional resources) for an absolute minimum of 3-4 sessions. Of course, if you decide that it isn’t for you after the first or even the second session, then that’s fine. In theory, there is no limit to the number of sessions that you can come for if you wish to enter into long term counselling/ therapy.
Your first session will be taken up with a little bit of essential paperwork (10-15 minutes) and with us getting to know each other. It’s time for you to tell me your story and the reasons why you’ve sought counselling. It’s also a time for you to ask any questions and for me to tell you a little bit about the counselling process.
Session 2 onwards
These are the sessions in which the substantive work is done. We’ll work on whatever you chose to bring to the sessions. They are your time. Allowing you to set the agenda is a crucial part of the therapeutic process. Going through counselling can be challenging as well as comforting, but if you need and want to make changes you’ll be doing it with support.
The Last Session
Ending well is very important in counselling. It gives us a chance to review how far you’ve come, changes you’ve made, where you’d like to go next and any strategies that you have in place for maintaining your progress and wellbeing. It also gives us the opportunity to mark the end of this stage for you- whether it has been long or short. It’s a chance to say, “goodbye”.
Qualifications & Relevant Training
- MBACP (Registered)
- Foundation Degree in Person-Centred Counselling (University of South Wales)
- BA (Hons) War Studies (King's College London)
- Associate of King's College London (Philosophy, Theology and Ethics)
- Level 2 and Level 3 Counselling Skills (Agored Cymru, Bridgend College)
- Mental Health First Aid (Welsh Assembly Government/ Mind Cymru)
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) & ASIST 'Tune-Up' (Mind)
- Dementia Friends (Alzheimer's Society/ ABMU), Making a Difference in Dementia (ABMU)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Armed Forces, families & veterans
- Faith-related issues and clergy
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- £40 per hour (60 minute session)
- £35 per 50 minute session (Tuesday afternoons 12:00 - 3pm)
- £35 for armed forces and veterans (60 minute session)*
- £30 counselling students as part of mandatory counselling hours (60 minute session)*
- Six sessions for £200 (block payment)
There is no cancellation fee provided 48 hours notice is given.
*Please bring proof of status to first session
I work from two comfortable, private locations in Bridgend.
The Well (First Floor, 18a Dunraven Place, Bridgend, CF31 1JD) is in the town centre and is well-connected to local, regional and national public transport links. There are good parking facilities close by. (http://www.thewellbridgend.co.uk/index.html)
One to One Therapy Clinic is located a short distance from Junction 35 of the M4 (Red Dragon Court (Nordor House) South Road Bridgend Industrial Estate, Bridgend CF31 3PT). There is onsite parking and the clinic is accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited or restricted mobility. (http://www.one2onetherapy.net/index.html)
If you have any queries before booking an appointment, please feel free to get in touch.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime, evening and Saturday morning appointments available.
Types of client