Dannii Richards FdA MBACP (Accred) Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist
***Please Note*** I am following advice from the government, NHS and BACP (my professional body). With this in mind, I am only offering sessions via Zoom until further notice. Thank you.
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist and an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This evidences that I have achieved a higher standard of competent, ethical practice.
I am an LGBT affirmative therapist and I am passionate about working with the LGBT community. I have gained status as an Accredited Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversities Therapist (Pink Therapy), which evidences my commitment to providing high quality support and an inclusive, welcoming approach to people from all areas of gender, sexuality and relationship diversities. I have also gained experience in various areas, please see below for further details.
I am a qualified and accredited Mindfulness teacher, having completed training through Mindfulness Now. This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
In my private practice, I work with adult clients on an individual basis. I believe that an individual, tailored approach specific to the client is required in order to work through and gain a deeper understanding of the difficulties faced. As part of the therapeutic process, I hold the belief that one of the most important aspects of the work is our relationship with one another in order for a successful therapeutic outcome to be achieved.
How counselling could help you
Feeling stuck? Even the strongest among us can feel lost, unsure, ambivalent, or unhappy at times. As a Counselling Professional, I can help you understand and manage whatever life throws at you, and how to do it successfully. I believe that you have the strength not just to survive, but to truly thrive. In times of emotional distress, not everyone has the support of friends or family to help them through the difficulties faced. I aim to provide a warm, neutral environment for us to explore any issues that you wish to bring to the therapeutic space, in an empathic and honest manner.
Whatever issues you would like to work on, this will remain confidential and I work within a non-judgmental viewpoint.
What to expect during the initial session
Making the first step into counselling can be overwhelming and a little daunting. I will listen to your story and propose how we may be able to work together. This also gives you the opportunity to decide if I am the right therapist to support you through your difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have gained experience working in voluntary settings working with clients of a variation of backgrounds, age, gender, disabilities, social and cultural backgrounds. Some of the issues I am able to help you with range from Anxiety, Depression, Low Self-Esteem, Abuse, Gender, Sexuality and Identity. I have also gained experience working as a Psychotherapist at a residential rehabilitation facility supporting clients with alcohol detox, substance detox, therapy support for depression, anxiety, gambling and any other forms of addiction and mental health issues. Please see below for the a more detailed range of issues that I offer support with.
In addition to my private practice I have worked as an Associate Counsellor for Umbrella, which is part of the NHS. This was an invaluable experience. In this role I often worked with people from the LGBT community and I found this extremely rewarding. I also work with clients referred from Victim Support. I am also a recognised practitioner with Aetna Global Benefits, Aviva, AXA PPP Healthcare, Cigna and Vitality Health - please check policy eligibility with your insurer.
- Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Level 4 & 5 (BACP Accredited)
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- NCFE 3 in Depression Management
- ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts
In addition to my qualifications, I have attended various Continued Professional Development sessions covering the areas of counselling I have dealt with. I am committed to attending further CPD sessions on an ongoing basis to support my practice and client work.
My details are listed on the accredited register of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
As part of my professional membership, I adhere to the Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions. (Details of this can be provided on commencement of therapy if required).
I hold professional indemnity insurance and have an approved Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Any client data is stored in accordance with ICO guidelines (copy of this can be provided on commencement of therapy if required).
I am GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliant.
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I believe that therapy should be accessible for everyone, regardless of your current status. Please contact me by phone or email to discuss further.
Weekdays, Evenings and Weekends
I accept self-referrals and I currently have varying availability on weekdays, evenings and weekends. Please contact me for further information.
The initial session would be to asses your current concerns. The duration would be for 1 hour and this would enable us to collaboratively decide whether I am a suitable therapist to support you.
All further sessions would be for a duration of 50 minutes. The number of sessions required varies and is dependant on your individual circumstances. This will be discussed during the initial assessment and reviewed on a regular basis.
"I wanted to work with Dannii originally due to his open and welcoming aesthetic on his profile. From the first session to the last, I felt increasingly comfortable unpacking my thoughts, feelings and emotions in front of him and allowing my thoughts to be explored without interruption. Going to see him to help me build my self esteem was one of the best decisions I had made and after our final session, I left feeling on top of the world in myself" - D.H.
"I decided to book a session with Dannii after struggling to really accept my sexuality and deal with some anxiety problems. Dannii provided a non-judgemental environment where I felt safe to say what I needed and always felt a kind of relief after my sessions. He offered both structure and a space to just talk when I needed to. Dannii has helped me get to know myself more honestly" - C.W.
"I just want to say thank you for your help. Despite lockdown we still managed to meet up virtually. You have helped me to focus on what are some of the causes of my anxiety and stress and understand the causes going back years. I now feel better able to see what is happening when the anxiety increases and how I can step back and manage life far better. I still experience stress and anxiety, but the impact on my life is far less and I am able to be happier and deal with life’s ups and downs much more. I’ve even started healthy eating and exercising more as my self-esteem has improved massively. So thank you for listening and your good counsel" - W.T.
"When I first approached Dannii, I was unhappy, struggling with work stress which had lead to difficulties in my personal relationships. Dannii supported me providing tools and structure to resolve these issues and encouraged me in establishing my boundaries. I now feel much happier and more confident in both my personal and professional relationships. I cannot recommend Dannii more highly. Thanks again for your support" - A.F.