Brian Richards FdSc, Integrative Counselling
7 Mather Avenue
I offer personal counselling at my private therapy room in Runcorn, with the option of a mobile service by mutual arrangement.
If you’re struggling to find fulfilment and meaning in your life, having difficulty coping with certain situations, feeling “stuck”, or are having problems in your relationships, then counselling could help you explore those things and make sense of it all, and help empower you to make the changes and decisions that you feel are best for you.
I offer an environment where clients can talk freely and openly about their issues, and together we’ll explore what’s going on for you, how you got there, and what the future might look like if changes are made.
Maybe you're depressed, or suffering with anxiety about something. Maybe you're having trouble in your relationship and have some decisions to make. Maybe you repeat making poor choices or behave in ways that you know aren't working for you. Maybe you're searching for personal meaning or a sense of direction. Maybe you think, "Why do I keep doing that?". Have you ever craved the opportunity or wished that you could say what's really on your mind? Or maybe you have a feeling that's hard to even put into words... and you'd like the time to try and define how you feel. Talking to a counsellor who can explore those things with you can really help you gain insight, and help as you move forward in life.
I am trained to degree level as an integrative counsellor, which means that I carefully consider your individuality and then draw on various counselling models to find an approach that suits you best. But it all begins with your story, what brings you to counselling, and how I can best understand you and your world. So for me, listening and understanding are an ongoing feature throughout the process. As the sessions unfold, I’ll introduce practices and interventions from different counselling models in accordance with what your needs are.
I offer two ways of going about your counselling:
- Open-ended counselling without a pre-defined closing date, whereby the client takes as many sessions as they feel they need, and we check-in with each other at regular intervals to see how things are progressing.
- Fixed term counselling (typically six weeks) whereby the client knows the end date from the outset and we both have a timescale to work towards. This also suits clients who need to budget in advance.
I offer counselling for a wide range of issues, and I welcome your enquiries, whatever they may be about. Personally speaking, I have a leaning towards helping clients find and develop their own meaning for life, and help when facing difficult decisions or during periods of change and reflection such as in mid-life. The personal growth that can occur during counselling can free us from the constraints of the past, as we develop self-awareness, looking at how the past is affecting our present, and evaluating beliefs and values… seeing what’s working for us and what isn’t.
I am passionate about helping clients discover what’s really going on for them and assisting them in making positive life changes.
I am an Individual member of the BACP and when working I strive to adhere to their ethical principles.
If you’d like to enquire further, or you’d like to meet me before deciding, then I offer an optional free face-to-face twenty minute consultation.
MOBILE OPTION. Whilst I would always recommend that clients attend my therapy room, I understand that for some, this may be inconvenient, or they would feel more comfortable if I came to them. I am happy to discuss this option with you although it must be stressed that counselling works best when there is absolute privacy, without distraction or interruptions from children, pets, or other family members.
ORGANISATIONS. I welcome enquiries from organisations who would like to establish a relationship with a counsellor to whom they could refer employees who may benefit in difficult times from this type of help.
RELATIONSHIPS. Although I do not currently counsel couples, I do counsel individuals concerning matters of their relationship.
At present I do not offer telephone or online counselling, although my views on this are always under self-review. Whilst I think there is a limited value to these methods of counselling it is my belief that the communicative subtleties of body language and closer therapeutic connection are not adequately accommodated with online and telephone counselling. It's hard to replicate the communicative energy, effectiveness and therapeutic relationship of face-to-face counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Foundation degree in Counselling with Staffordshire University.
I have had several jobs in a wide variety of fields. This has brought me in contact with all sort of different people from differing social and economic backgrounds. My interpersonal skills have developed as a result.
In relation to therapeutic experience I have volunteered with two local charities and one national charity in providing holistic complementary therapies for cancer patients and their families. This inevitably involved lots of empathic listening and support.
I have six years experience as a qualified massage therapist during which it was common for clients to disclose their issues in the massage room and for me to practice my counselling skills with them. This, in part, influenced my decision to study and qualify in counselling to a high level.
In training, I completed over 100 sessions with genuine clients at MIND which proved a tremendous help and learning curve.
I currently provide voluntary counselling for Macmillan at Halton Hospital.
I have attended seminars on eating disorders, domestic abuse, suicide awareness, and the nature of cancer.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mid-life evaluation. Helping clients explore anxieties, depression, doubts and questionings commonly found amongst 35-60 year olds. Helping you find meaning and purpose at times when you feel you have lost your way, or life and relationships have become monotonous and boring. Helping you discover yourself, or create yourself.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Humanistic therapies
£35 per 50 minute session.
Mobile counselling £40 per 50 minute session.
Reduced rates may be available for full-time students under the age of twenty-five. Please feel free to enquire.
In my mid-forties I went through a 6 month period of questioning, reflection and searching. It was life-changing and produced positive outcomes beyond my imagination. This is what spurred me on to the path of becoming a counsellor; to help others who may be experiencing difficulties. You can be a slave to the past, or a pioneer of your own personal future. You can get bogged down, resentful and weary as you constantly try live up to the expectations of everyone else, or you can level the playing field and become a more authentic, fulfilled and confident you.
And so this is my passion. Helping you break the chains of the past and discovering who you really are, and what you want for the future.
Whatever is limiting you or holding you back; whatever is keeping you awake at night or ruining your quality of life - talking can help. Not just any old talking…. talking to a counsellor in a safe and confidential environment. Someone who can enter into your world, look at your past, look at your beliefs about how you think things “ought” to be, and look at what you want differently for the future.
- Also registered with Therapy Directory
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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All week, including evenings and weekends, except Tuesday evening
Types of client