Antonia Richardson. UKCP and MBACP Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor
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 extensive experience of working with people who face a variety of difficulties such as: depression; relationship problems; loneliness; PTSD; critical illness; childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse; alcohol & drug misuse; suicidal thoughts; rape; 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 can explore your experiences and history; your perception and your hopes in as much depth as you wish. As you extend your awareness of emotional, mental and embodied sense, we might explore the deeper meaning of your life experiences and how this might inform your present and future way of being. Many people find greater 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 always 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 peaceful, calm rooms either in Nether Edge or Greystones in Sheffield (Both locations are 4 minutes walk from bus stops and with free roadside parking). Appointments are usually 50 minutes although longer sessions may be negotiated.
I also offer online counselling using Zoom, Telephone counselling or face to face therapy work outdoors. These can be very effective ways to meet and work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for 40 years; first as Occupational Therapist with mental health specialism, as counsellor in the voluntary sector with Cruse Bereavement Care and later with Sheffield MIND. My private practice as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor began 14 years ago.
I specialize in working with people experiencing trauma, loss and bereavement, depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties. Many of my clients have experienced a mental health diagnosis, such as bipolar disorder, ADHD and Autistic spectrum.
I also worked as a professional artist for 40
years and have practiced meditation for 35 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. Therapy could involve the use of basic art materials, nature, somatic awareness with breathing and movement, or working outdoors - walking or sitting - in most weathers! Working remotely using Zoom, Whatsapp or by telephone are very effective ways to meet and work.
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
Adolescent and childrens mental health problems;
Personality development and attachment.
Supervision for counsellors/therapists
I receive regular supervision and attend continuing professional development training.
I offer clinical supervision for counsellors.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
General dissatisfaction and a search for meaning in life
Major Life Changes
£50 per session for individual therapy
£50 per hour for individual supervision
You are welcome to contact me for more information or to make an appointment:
Tel: 07512 231995 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday and Thursdays 8-5.30pm. Occasionally other days of the week.
I am accredited with UKCP and a member of BACP both of whom have clear ethical guidelines
I am professionally insured.