Bethan Richardson BA (Hons) AKC MBACP (Registered)
Pen-Y-Bont Ar Ogwr
I'm warm, approachable, non-judgemental and offer counselling that allows you to hear your own voice again 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, eating disorders and the armed forces/ veterans. I also offer specialist telephone counselling to clients with ME/CFS.
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 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.
- University counsellor (University of South Wales)
- 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.
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)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Armed Forces, families & veterans
- Faith-related issues and clergy
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From November 1st 2018:-
All fees are due at least 72 hours prior to each session
- £40 per session
- £30 counselling students as part of mandatory counselling hours*
- £150 for 4 sessions (paid in advance)
- £350 for 10 sessions (paid in advance)
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
There is no cancellation fee provided 48 hours notice is given. (Full fee payable thereafter. If the session fee has already been paid, I will refund within 72 hours). This is 24 hours for the ME/CFS telephone counselling service.
*Please bring proof of status to first session
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytimes and evenings on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|