Bethan Richardson BA (Hons) AKC MBACP (Registered)
Pen-Y-Bont Ar Ogwr
Hello, I'm Bethan and I'm a Person-Centred counsellor based in Bridgend, South Wales. My skills lie in creating an environment in which you can fully explore whatever you wish, free from the judgement that you may encounter elsewhere. I provide a warm, empathic place where you can work through challenges or come to terms with difficulties in confidence.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked with a wide range of clients, helping them to improve their lives by working through many and varied difficulties and painful emotions.
I provide individual counselling to adults of all ages on a private basis and within a healthcare setting. I also volunteer as a counsellor for a social enterprise, where I work with clients who have experienced domestic abuse.
In more specialist work, I have co-facilitated therapeutic support groups for the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC). Any form of abuse in childhood can leave a painful legacy, but we can work together to change things for the future.
I assist on a residential group programme for eating disorders sufferers. I also work with clients, one-to-one, to face the feelings that lie behind problems with food.
I have a particular interest in counselling the armed forces and veterans. I spent five years in the (then) Territorial Army. My first degree is in War Studies (King's College London), where I studied the sociology and psychology of the armed forces. As a counsellor, I have a unique understanding of the challenges of forces life (regular and reserves) and how counselling can benefit you during or after your service career, or as you transition from one to the other. (It isn't just about PTSD).
I am a Registered Member of the BACP and have a Foundation degree in Person-Centred Counselling from the University of South Wales.
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.
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
- £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)*
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 a comfortable location in Bridgend town centre that is easily accessible by well-connected public transport, with good parking facilities close by.
If you have any queries before booking an appointment, please feel free to get in touch.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime, evening and Saturday morning appointments available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|