Bethan Richardson BA (Hons) AKC MBACP (Registered)

Bethan Richardson BA (Hons) AKC MBACP (Registered)

Pen-Y-Bont Ar Ogwr


07583 904923

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Pen-Y-Bont Ar Ogwr


07583 904923

About me

Choosing a counsellor that you feel able to trust is important. I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation prior to your first session. This gives us chance to discuss your needs and what I can offer, along with any questions you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

I offer person-centred counselling, which helps you to find find answers and to bring about the changes in your life that are right for you. Whether you are looking for short term counselling or longer term therapy, I am able to support you compassionately with therapeutic skills that will help you to work through whatever you bring to counselling. You are a whole person and my desire is to help you to experience that again.

I work with individuals across a wide range of issues. These include anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, loss of all kinds, family and relationship problems, trauma, mental and physical health problems.

I have more specialist experience of working with adults who were abused during childhood (physically/ emotionally/ sexually/ neglected), domestic abuse, and in eating disorders. I also have an interest in service personnel and veterans as I spent five years in the reserve forces, have a first degree in War Studies and conducted my counselling degree research in this field.

I offer a flexible telephone counselling service to people housebound with ME/ CFS, tailored as far as possible to the needs of the individual. ME/CFS is a physical condition which has a serious and profound impact on the lives of sufferers and those around them. Counselling can help you to come to terms and cope as you live with this.

Perhaps as importantly, I have been through counselling myself and recognise first hand how transforming therapy can be.


  • GP practice counsellor (Llanharan Medical Centre, Riversdale Surgery)
  • University counsellor (University of South Wales)
  • Counsellor for project working with BME women & domestic abuse (Y Cwmni Siarad & BAWSO)
  • Counsellor for Mental Health Matters Wales
  • Counsellor for Ty Elis Counselling, Porthcawl
  • Therapeutic support group co-facilitator for the National Association for People Abused in Childhood  (NAPAC)
  • Team member on residential programme for women with eating disorders (Helena Wilkinson, Overcoming Eating Disorders at Nicholaston House)

Since 2000, I've worked with people in a variety of roles in the armed forces, NHS and charitable sector. These include children and young people, people with cancer, adults experiencing mental ill health and people with dementia.

What to expect when starting counselling

It takes time to begin to build the trust necessary to make real and lasting change through therapy. Expect to budget (in time, finance, energy and emotional resources) for an absolute minimum of 3-4 sessions. Of course, if you decide that it really isn’t for you after the first or even the second session, then that’s fine. In theory, there is no limit to the number of sessions if you wish to enter into long term counselling/ therapy. Trauma, abuse and the problems that these lead to, in particular, need to be worked through safely.

Session 1

Your first session will be taken up with a little bit of essential paperwork (10-15 minutes) and with us getting to know each other. It’s time for you to tell me your story and the reasons why you’ve sought counselling. It’s also a time for you to ask any questions and for me to tell you a little bit about the counselling process. As the actual counselling time is reduced, it is best to arrange your second session, where possible, for a week later.

Session 2 onwards

These are the sessions in which the substantive work starts and is carried out. It is better to have sessions weekly, at least initially, where that's possible, as we get to know one another and build trust. We’ll work on whatever you chose to bring to the sessions. They are your time. Allowing you to set the agenda is an absolutely vital part of the therapeutic process. Going through counselling can be challenging as well as comforting, but if you need and want to make changes you’ll be doing it with support.

The Last Session

Ending well is very important in counselling. It gives us a chance to review how far you’ve come, changes you’ve made, where you’d like to go next and any strategies that you have in place for maintaining your progress and wellbeing. It also gives us the opportunity to mark the end of this stage for you- whether it has been long or short. It’s a chance to say, “goodbye”.

Qualifications & Relevant Training

  • MBACP (Registered)
  • Foundation Degree in Person-Centred Counselling (University of South Wales)
  • BA (Hons) War Studies (King's College London)
  • Associate of King's College London (Philosophy, Theology and Ethics)
  • Level 2 and Level 3 Counselling Skills (Agored Cymru, Bridgend College)
  • Mental Health First Aid (Welsh Assembly Government/ Mind Cymru)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) & ASIST 'Tune-Up' (Mind)
  • Dementia Friends (Alzheimer's Society/ ABMU), Making a Difference in Dementia (ABMU)

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Armed Forces, families & veterans
  • Immigration/Emigration
  • Faith-related issues and clergy

Photos & videos

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From April 1st 2018:-

  • £40 per session
  • £30 counselling students as part of mandatory counselling hours*
  • Six sessions for £210 (block payment)

ME/CFS Telephone Counselling Service

(Session length is agreed in advance, but need not be a full 30 minutes and can be between 30 and 50 minutes, depending on client ability):-

  • £20 up to 30 minutes
  • £35 up to 50 minutes

A £15 deposit is payable a minimum of 3 working days prior to your first appointment. This is fully refundable at the end of the counselling relationship (providing all fees are up to date). This is £10 for the ME/CFS telephone counselling service.

There is no cancellation fee provided 48 hours notice is given. (Full fee payable thereafter). This is 24 hours for the ME/CFS telephone counselling service.

*Please bring proof of status to first session

Further information

I work from two comfortable, private locations in Bridgend and from one in Cardiff.

The Well (First Floor, 18a Dunraven Place, Bridgend, CF31 1JD) is in the town centre and is well-connected to local, regional and national public transport links. There are good parking facilities close by. ( Sessions at The Well last for 60 minutes.

One2One Therapy Clinic is located a short distance from Junction 35 of the M4 (Red Dragon Court (Nordor House) South Road Bridgend Industrial Estate, Bridgend CF31 3PT). There is onsite parking and the clinic is accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited or restricted mobility. ( Sessions at One2One last for 50 minutes.

The Samye Foundation (250 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF5 1GZ) is in the Canton area of Cardiff, on main bus routes that run along Cowbridge Rd East and within 25-30 minutes walk of Cardiff Central train station. It has its own car parking facilities and there is additional on street parking nearby. (

If you have any queries before booking an appointment, please feel free to get in touch.

Maps & Directions

Bridgend, CF31
Cardiff, CF5

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Daytime, evening and Saturday morning appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults