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 full 60 minute first session at half price (£20). This gives us the opportunity to meet and for you to find out what I have to offer before deciding whether you'd like to work with me.
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 clients across a wide range of issues. Please see the full list below- nothing is ticked if I haven't had experience of helping individuals with that subject.
- GP practice 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
I have worked with people since 2000 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.
Veterans & Armed Forces
- Specialist interest in the armed forces and veterans.
- 5 years experience the Territorial Army.
- BA (Hons) War Studies from King's College London
- The Person-Centred Approach uniquely lends itself to the needs of service personnel, particularly those who have left the forces and who are adjusting to civilian life.
- The only practitioner offering this approach in this specialist way in South Wales.
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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- First session £20 (full 60 minute session)
- £40 per hour (60 minute session)
- £35 for armed forces and veterans (60 minute session)*
- £30 counselling students as part of mandatory counselling hours (60 minute session)*
**Remembrance Offer for Armed Force and Veterans: Ten Block-Booked Sessions for £300. Valid for blocks booked in November 2017**
There is no cancellation fee provided 48 hours notice is given.
Concessionary fees may be available- please ask.
*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