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Bethan Richardson BA (Hons) AKC MBACP (Registered)

Bridgend, Pen-Y-Bont Ar Ogwr, CF31
07583 904923 07583 904923

About me


I'm warm, approachable, non-judgemental and offer counselling that allows you to hear your own voice and to start to heal. I work with individual adults experiencing a wide range of issues and have special interests in abuse of all kinds, trauma and eating disorders. I do not work with couples or under 18s.

Training, qualifications & experience

I offer person-centred counselling, which helps you to find answers and to bring about the changes that you need. Whether you are looking for short term counselling or longer term therapy, I am able to support you compassionately with therapeutic skills that will enable you to work through whatever you bring to counselling. You are a whole person and we can work to help you to experience that more fully.

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, particularly those with ME/ CFS, as I have over 20 years' experience of the condition. This can be 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.


  • University counsellor (University of South Wales)
  • Counsellor for The Wallich Reflections Project (Cardiff area)
  • GP practice counsellor (Llanharan Medical Centre, Riversdale Surgery)
  • 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, or to reflect on your life, 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


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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

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From August 1st 2020:-

All fees are due at least 48 hours before an appointment

  • £40 per session individually funded
  • £50 per session EAP/ organisations

Limited concessionary places available.  Please enquire if cost prohibits you from accessing counselling.

There is no cancellation fee provided 48 hours notice is given. (Full fee payable thereafter.)

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

I work from a comfortable, private location in Bridgend town centre. This venue does require the ability to climb a flight of stairs, so please let me know if that is difficult so I can make alternative arrangements.

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. (http://www.thewellbridgend.co.uk/index.html). Sessions at The Well last for 60 minutes.

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

Pen-Y-Bont Ar Ogwr

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Online (Zoom/ Skype) and telephone counselling offered. My face-to-face therapy space is on the first floor of an old building, with one flight of quite steep stairs (not wheelchair accessible).


Daytimes and evenings.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Bethan Richardson BA (Hons) AKC MBACP (Registered)

Bethan Richardson BA (Hons) AKC MBACP (Registered)