Richard Pickles

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BA (Hons), MSc, MA, MA, MBACP
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Reading, Berkshire, RG5 3HS
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About me

I work as a counsellor in Woodley, and am a member of the BACP. I offer counselling sessions Monday to Friday during the days and evenings and have limited availability on Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings. The therapy room that I use is in Woodley and easily accessible by public transport, and has parking available.

I have been working as a counsellor for twenty years, and in this time have continued professional training and personal development in order to offer good quality therapy to people with a variety of issues that they struggle with.

I have trained in counselling, psychology, psychotherapy, philosophy and psychoanalytic studies. Within the training and work I do as a counsellor, whilst I have explored as broadly as possible, I have specialised in working with addiction. This includes issues of substance and alcohol misuse, pornography and cybersex, and difficulties with gambling. I also work with anger management, anxiety, abuse, psychosexual concerns, depression, along with working with a broad range of presenting issues.

As an integrative counsellor I seek to create a safe, confidential, non judgmental environment where issues can be worked through that cause people problems in their lives in ways that are meaningful to them.

I work with individuals in short and long term counselling.

I work as a couple counsellor with people struggling with relationship issues, and have also worked in group settings for 10 years.

Training, qualifications & experience

My professional qualifications include:

  • BA (Hons) Theology and Counselling 2.1
  • MSc Addiction psychology and counselling
  • Certificate in integrative supervision
  • Two years post graduate training in Integrative psychotherapy
  • MA Psychoanalytic studies
  • MA European philosophy 

i have completed extensive CPD training in couples counselling.

I have specialised in working with addiction issues, and have conducted research in issues of addiction and sexuality.

I have worked as a counsellor for eighteen years, and work with people with issues around depression, anger management, psychosexual troubles, grief and loss, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, eating disorders, and a variety of other aspects of peoples lives that create difficulties.

Alongside the individual and couples work that I do, I have worked in a psychotherapy group for people with addictions for four years.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have specialised in working with addiction and work with issues around pornography. I have completed training and work with people around issues of BDSM.


£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

  • Initial assessment - £50
  • Individual counselling - £50 per 50 minute session
  • Couple counselling - £50 per hour session

58 Roslyn road, Woodley, Reading, Berkshire, RG5 3HS

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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I offer supervision from an integrative framework, snd have worked as a supervisor in private practice and in the charitable sector for 12 years

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Richard Pickles
Richard Pickles