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UKCP and MBACP Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor

About me

Whatever personal difficulty or vulnerability brings you to counselling, I believe that you have the creative potential for healing.  Working with me in therapy may bring you emotional regulation, solace, sustainable personal growth, increased self respect and new ways of relating to your family, friends and colleagues

I have particular interest in the correlation between emotional states and the body, and this is especially helpful for anyone who has experienced past trauma, prolonged stress and anxiety, depression and relationship problems.

Some people may be unsure about the root cause of their distress. Whatever your experience and situation, I will endeavor to support you to discover meaningful understandings of yourself and your deeper needs; to improve your communication in your closest relationships; I will help you to explore your hopes for the future and how you might begin to live life in creative ways. For some people counselling may come to be viewed as a protected, creative and sacred space in your life.

Personal problems are often multi-layered:
Without being aware of it, many of us bring our past hurts into our present life and closest relationships. Early experiences of distress may cause years of inner conflict, exhaustion, tension in families and between couples.
I have many years experience of working with people who face a variety of difficulties such as: depression; anxiety; relationship problems; loneliness; PTSD; critical illness; childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse; alcohol & drug misuse; suicidal thoughts; domestic violence; low self esteem; eating problems; sleep problems; chronic pain; work related stresses; sexual identity; spirituality and major life changes such as bereavement, retirement, separation.

How does Counselling work?

I offer you a consistent time and space away from your immediate concerns. You’ll be able to talk confidentially to someone who genuinely cares about your welfare and who offers a welcoming quiet space for you.  I listen very attentively and without judgement,  to your unique perception of your circumstances.

You may find that simply talking about your concerns is therapeutic in itself. We could explore your current experiences and your history; your perceptions of life and your hopes in as much depth as you wish. As you extend your awareness of emotional, mental and embodied experiencing, we might explore the deeper meaning of your life experiences, and how this may inform your present and future way of being.  Many people find an incremental growth in self acceptance, compassion and hope in therapy.  Some find new depth of meaning in their life, giving a fresh sense of potential, energy and creativity.

The person-centred approach honors each person's ability to grow towards their full potential. The therapeutic relationship will be one of warmth and total acceptance of you. I offer a highly respectful, kind and sometimes challenging relationship. You will be able to choose the number of sessions you want,  the pace and depth of your work. We can work for a brief time or over a longer period, depending on your needs.

Appointments: We'll meet in a peaceful, calm room in Nether Edge in Sheffield  Appointments are 60 minutes although longer sessions may be negotiated.

As well as face to face indoor meetings,  we can work online using Zoom,  telephone counselling or meeting outdoors in a quiet park.  

Training, qualifications & experience

I worked for over 40 years; first as Occupational Therapist with mental health specialism,  counsellor in the voluntary sector with Cruse Bereavement Care and later with Sheffield MIND.  My private practice as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor began 16 years ago.

I specialize in working with people experiencing trauma, loss and bereavement, depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties. 

Special Interest:
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years and have practiced meditation for 40 years.  Both these practices are central to my way of working as a therapist. I have a genuine interest in your creativity, your spiritual and existential concerns. I love working outdoors with clients and can offer to meet in a quiet local park.  Therapy may involve the  use of basic art materials, nature,  somatic awareness with breathing and movement, or working outdoors.  Working remotely online or by telephone are other effective ways to meet. 

Professional Qualifications:
Registratered with UKCP
Member of BACP
Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Supervision. (Temenos)
MSc Person Centred Psychotherapy & Counselling (Middx University)
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling (Middx University)
Foundation in Art Therapy
BA Ceramics, Westminster University
BSc Geography, Sheffield University

Additional trainings: 
Adolescent and childrens mental health problems;
Relationship counselling;
Art therapy;
Personality development and attachment.
Supervision for counsellors/therapists

I receive regular supervision and attend continuing professional development training.
I offer clinical supervision for counsellors.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

General dissatisfaction and a search for meaning in life
Personal Growth
Spirituality
Menopause
Major Life Changes

Fees

£55.00 per session

Additional information

£55 per session for individual therapy
£60 per hour for individual supervision

You are welcome to contact me for more information or to make an appointment:
Tel: 07512  231995  Email: antoniarichardson.sheffield@gmail.com

When I work

Tuesday and Thursdays 8-5.30pm. Occasionally other days of the week.

Further information

I am accredited with UKCP and a member of BACP both of whom have clear ethical guidelines
I am professionally insured.

Nether Edge, Sheffield, S. Yorkshire, S7 1SQ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

You will need to be able to climb steps to the front door

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

I am grounded in a Person Centred approach to clinical work and offer supervision in this relational way.

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