Dawn Richards - Therapist Sutton Coldfield & Online
Welcome to my page
My name is Dawn
You are in the right place to learn how to feel better and have the life you want for yourself.
Therapy sessions with me
I specialise in helping you understand
- details of your past including how and why things that have happened to you is affecting you today.
- why you behave the way you do.
- why you have difficulties with particular things such as problems with eating, misusing alcohol or drugs, problems with relationships, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression etc
- why you are not where you want to be in your life so you won't be so hard on yourself
Everything is done at your pace. You won't need to talk about anything uncomfortable unless you feel safe and ready to do so. I will also introduce techniques to help you feel better talking about things that are difficult. This would help you to cope with your therapy sessions better.
You are in safe hands.
Other things include
- Looking at how your current lifestyle could be contributing to how you are feeling. This could be things like a poor diet. What we eat is linked to how we feel, which is proved scientifically.
- Working together to find tools and activities to improve things for life beyond therapy so you will have coping strategies to manage your life.
I provide both Face to Face and online therapy. For face to face, a risk assessment would need to be completed before each session to safeguard our welfare.
My job is to help you to feel safe and comfortable.
Available in Sutton Coldfield
I have premises conveniently located in Sutton Coldfield Town Centre. It is easily accessible by public transport with parking, both free and paid, close by. The premises have disabled access.
I also offer Online Therapy
Online therapy will give you the opportunity to speak to me through Zoom without having to meet me face to face. This could be for whatever reason such as lack of time, physical health problems, living too far away from me.
Who do I work with?
I work with adults and young people.
What happens in the first session?
I understand that taking the first steps for help could be daunting, but people would describe me as warm, friendly and down to earth. The first session will be a start for us to get to know each other and for you to begin to understand how I work.
What can you do next?
In the meantime, feel free to take a look on my website www.freshspringstherapy.co.uk. You can also subscribe to my newsletter where you will receive weekly guidance, coping skills and support information.
If you are ready to take the next step and contact me please call me on 07748 297480 or send me an email
I am happy to offer a free 15-minute, telephone consultation.
I Look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been counselling since 2007. I have also worked for over ten years with various charitable organisations supporting people with addictions and mental health issues.
I have the following qualifications
- NCFE Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling (2008)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (HIP) 2017)
- Advanced Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner - Professional Diploma (2018)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (2006)
- Certificate in Counselling Theory (2005)
- BA (Hons) Business Studies
Open University courses in:
- Child Development
- Exploring Psychology
- Cognitive Theory
- Social Development
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Registered member of BACP with a Certificate of Proficiency
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Cultural issues
- Complex Post Traumatic Stress disorder
- Religious abuse
- Spiritual abuse
- Personal development
Fees are £45 for one full hour for individual therapy
From £55 per hour for couples or groups
Payment by BACS Transfer 48 hours before your session preferred
Please call or email me for more information.
Availability - Daytime, Evenings with some weekend appointments available. I offer face to face counselling along with online counselling (Zoom)
I am fully insured and with an up to date DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
In compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) I will collect, use and store your personal data appropriately. In essence this means I will take the necessary appropriate steps to protect your personal data once it has been shared in counselling sessions.
Please feel free to email me for a full copy of my Privacy Notice. Further information on GDPR can be sourced via the Information Commissioner’s Office at ico.org.uk/concerns/handling/