Brian Richards FdSc, MBACP, Personal and Relationship Counselling
Firstly... regarding coronavirus. I have resumed normal face to face counselling but with some extra safety measures in place when you arrive. We sit 2.2meters apart during counselling. I do not insist on you wearing a mask and I do not wear one myself. However, you are welcome to wear one if you wish and you are welcome to request that I wear one too. I am willing to consider counselling by telephone for those who don't feel safe enough to visit in person, or for those who live a long way off but feel I might be the right counsellor for the issues they present. I am unable to offer counselling by Zoom or Skype.
I offer counselling for both individuals and couples at my home address in Runcorn. I have a dedicated private counselling room set apart from my house where we can work together in helping you find better self-awareness and ways to move forward in a manner of your choosing. I also offer the option of outdoor walk “n” talk in localities such as Delamere Forest. This method of counselling is sometimes referred to as eco-therapy, for those who respond better when connecting with the natural environment as they work through their issues. I can also be mobile and come to you if it’s really impractical for you to get to me, but only on the strict understanding that you are able to guarantee a totally private setting.
Like most counsellors, I have discovered areas of therapeutic work where I feel I’m most helpful to clients. So whilst I consider working with clients on a whole range of issues, I feel I’m of most use in the following areas:
- Couples counselling and relationship coaching
- Working with mid-life crisis and dilemmas associated with life-stages
- Finding personal direction and meaning
- Matters of a sexual nature
- Eating disorders
- Feelings of inadequacy and never feeling quite good enough
- Guilt and Shame
- Body confidence and acceptance
- Affairs and infidelity
- Making decisions
- Self-esteem and self-worth
- Revealing how your past could be adversely influencing your present
- Social media and mobile phone dependency, and how it affects your self esteem.
I'm happy to work flexibly around your personal commitments or working life, especially if you work shifts or have child-minding dilemmas.
If your main issue is drug addiction, then I may not be the best therapist for you. You are welcome to give me a try but I can’t help thinking there are other counsellors who have taken specific training in this area who would be more helpful.
If you wish to come with your spouse or partner for relationship counselling, then it’s best if you talk to them about it and get their consent before sending me a message. If your partner is not ready to engage in this type of counselling but you have pressing issues that you still need to talk to somebody about then you are welcome to book in as an individual. As well as covering all the topics you’d expect to find in relationship counselling, like good communication, you’ll also find I am able to talk very openly about matters to do with sex, fantasy, maintaining long-term desire, libido, monogamy, different types of relationships, arousal, the effects of stress, illness and life events on sexual behaviour and desire, erectile dysfunction, variations or difficulties with orgasm, painful sex, unfaithfulness and the notions/expectations that each person brings into the partnership about how this thing called "relationship" is “supposed” to work.
I’m trained to degree level as an integrative counsellor, which means that I carefully consider your individuality and then draw on various counselling models to find an approach that suits you best. I have also completed post-qualification courses on communication, differences and understanding in relationships, and counselling couples after the revelation of an affair. But it all begins with your story, what brings you to counselling, and how I can best understand you and your world. As the sessions unfold, I’ll work with you in helping you gain a greater understanding of what’s been going on, and help and support you when it comes to making your own decisions about the changes you may wish to make.
I don’t charge a premium rate for couples counselling, as the time, effort and preparation are often the same as for individual counselling. I am also aware that many couples are put off from seeking counselling together because they see inflated prices that make it unaffordable. So my fees are per session, not per person.
There is no minimum number of sessions, and you can finish whenever you feel ready to. However, it may be helpful for you to think in terms of at least three sessions and then take it from there, but the choice is always yours. I'll check in with you as we go along to see how its working out for you and if there are struggles you're having or if there are ways or areas you'd like me to concentrate on or adapt to your needs in a more personal way.
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I am a Member of the BACP and when working I strive to adhere to their ethical principles.
If you’d like to enquire further, or you’d like to meet me before deciding, then I offer an optional free face-to-face 30 minute consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
Foundation degree in Counselling with Staffordshire University.
Certificates of attendance on courses on couples counselling to do with dealing with affairs and communication, from The College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists.
I have had several jobs in a wide variety of fields. This has brought me in contact with all sort of different people from differing social and economic backgrounds. My interpersonal skills have developed as a result.
In relation to therapeutic experience I have volunteered with two local charities and one national charity in providing holistic complementary therapies for cancer patients and their families. This inevitably involved lots of empathic listening and support.
I have nine years experience as a qualified massage therapist during which it was common for clients to disclose their issues in the massage room and for me to practice my counselling skills with them. This, in part, influenced my decision to study and qualify in counselling to a high level.
In training, I completed over 100 sessions with genuine clients at MIND which proved a tremendous help and learning curve.
I have attended seminars on eating disorders, domestic abuse, suicide awareness, sex and relationships, and the nature of cancer.
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
Mid-life evaluation. Helping clients explore anxieties, depression, doubts and questionings commonly found amongst 35-60 year olds. Helping you find meaning and purpose at times when you feel you have lost your way, or life and relationships have become monotonous and boring. Helping you discover yourself, or create yourself.
£30 per 60 minute session.
£20 per 60 minute session for students under the age of 25
Mobile counselling £35 per 60 minute session.
Couples counselling £30 per 60 minute session (£35 mobile)
I also offer two courses lasting for five, hourly sessions entitled "Who am I ?" and "Mid-life Matters". These cost £95 each with the option of taking each course in one go as a day course. Full details of these courses can be found by clicking on the "Courses" tab on my website shown at the start of my profile.
NB. If you would like to access counselling but feel put-off because of travel costs that would increase the cost considerably, or you have practical difficulties in making the same time each week, for example because of shift patterns, then please feel free to discuss this with me as there may be flexible ways I can help make accessing counselling easier.
Payments can be made by card, cash or paypal.
Concessions offered for
In my mid-forties I went through a 6 month period of questioning, reflection and searching. It was life-changing and produced positive outcomes beyond my imagination. This is what spurred me on to the path of becoming a counsellor; to help others who may be experiencing difficulties. You can be a slave to the past, or a pioneer of your own personal future. You can get bogged down, resentful and weary as you constantly try live up to the expectations of everyone else, or you can level the playing field and become a more authentic, fulfilled and confident you.
And so this is my passion. Helping you break the chains of the past and discovering who you really are, and what you want for the future.
Whatever is limiting you or holding you back; whatever is keeping you awake at night or ruining your quality of life - talking can help. Not just any old talking…. talking to a counsellor in a safe and confidential environment. Someone who can enter into your world, look at your past, look at your beliefs about how you think things “ought” to be, and look at what you want differently for the future.