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My name is Richard Coleman, and I am a Therapeutic Counsellor. I am a registered member of the BACP (the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) as well as the CCYP (Counselling for Children and Young People) sub-division, and so work with a variety of people from all walks of life, whether they are looking for the answers to life situations or simply wishing to find out more about what makes them tick.
I work as an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor. This builds on a base grounding in the Person Centred Approach formulated by Carl Rogers, and also incorporates many aspects of both Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. I also use certain Cognitive techniques that connect together with the counselling approaches almost like a series of doors and passageways. As we open one door, a link may be made to another aspect of your current life or personal history, which may lead us into exploring new areas, and in making the connections between what you present to me and accepted counselling theory, I facilitate you towards a better understanding of yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained for 3 ½ years in a variety of techniques and approaches, culminating in being awarded an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and have now been practicing both privately and in the educational sector since 2006. I have worked in a variety of settings, including a free community counselling service and the Maternity Unit of Poole Hospital.
I have extensive experience working with young people in my role as a full-time school counsellor since 2012, dealing with a range of adolescent social and mental health issues including anxiety, low self-esteem, self-harm, bereavement, peer/relationship problems and sexuality issues.
I also see private clients in a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment, working out of my home in the Northbourne area of Bournemouth.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Social Anxiety. Divorce. Self Exploration. Personal Development. Self-Harm. Bullying. Workplace Issues.
£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Free initial half-hour consultation; if we both feel happy to proceed, further sessions are £50, with reduced rates for students and low-paid key workers.