Emily Richardson Psychotherapeutic Counsellor - Anxiety and Depression
I am an Integrative Counsellor, this means that I draw from different approaches to Counselling to work with you to gain a deeper understanding behind what you are struggling with such as depression, feeling sad, or struggling with anxiety, or feeling alone or stuck in life or in relationship.
My aim is to work together with you to enable you to enrich your life, for you to reach your potential, freeing you from your difficulties for you to live a richer and fulfilling life.
The quality of the therapeutic relationship is essential to a successful outcome. I offer a warm, caring and safe space, without judgement of what you wish to share, an environment where you can feel respected, in the knowledge that what you share is confidential.
As a Counsellor, I understand that taking a step to talk to someone can sometimes feel quite frightening. It is important to me for you to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
Counselling can be majorly beneficial for many people in a wide variety of situations which may include helping you to cope with depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship difficulties, sexual or cultural issues and educational problems. Counselling offers a place to talk about your personal difficulties that may be stressful, painful or confusing.
I work relationally which involves both the therapist and client working together with the intention to gain a deeper awareness of your difficulties. This may include making connections between past events and your current patterns of behaviours, during the process you will become more self-aware and in doing so this brings choices in how to modify these behaviours and explore new and positive ways for you to live and enhance your life. I draw from different approaches to Counselling such as:
- Psychodynamic Approach
- Person Centered Approach
My approach to Counselling can be influenced by theories that explore our earliest relationships and how they affect us in adult life which may lead to relationship issues. I may look for unhealthy or negative patterns that have been adopted and how we can modify patterns that are no longer helpful to you. In my practise, I also offer mindfulness meditations which can help you to centre yourself, this can be incorporated into the session.
Testimonial, kindly recieved and published with permission, the name has been altered to protect this former Clients confidentiality:
Emily is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. I was finding it hard to find someone I felt comfortable with but by the end of the first session I knew I would continue to see Emily. It was so scary to start counselling but I was welcomed with a big smile and warmth, I knew I could really trust Emily and she was always so supportive and accommodating to my needs. She helped me rebuild my life when I felt there was no way forward and helped me develop into a strong, resilient and content young women.
Emily helped me to understand my patterns of negative thoughts and taught me techniques to break the cycle. Emily provided a safe, non-judgmental place for me to explore my thoughts, feelings and past experiences. I would highly recommend Emily to anyone who feels they need help and someone to turn to. Thank you for everything you have done for me Emily, you really have helped me to changed my life!!
I saw Emily for weekly therapy for nearly two years. It was a hugely meaningful and transformative experience that I would wholeheartedly recommend. Emily created a warm, safe, and supportive space where I felt very comfortable sharing my thoughts and feelings, as well as exploring past trauma. Emily’s integrative approach enabled me to understand the root causes of my issues and learn new coping techniques to manage day-to-day struggles. In addition to creating a significant improvement in my mental health, therapy was also the catalyst for seeking out a new career path, and I am now training to become a psychotherapist. With Emily’s support I was able to process past trauma and alleviate present-day symptoms, which empowered me to start my training and draw on my own experiences to help on their own therapeutic journeys.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor, I studied at Richmond college and went on to further my Counselling studies, at Roehampton university where I studied for my Integrative Counselling BSc. I am bound by the UKCP Ethical Framework.
I currently divide my work between my private practice working with Adults in the Twickenham, Hampton and Teddington areas. Alongside this I work in schools such as Notting Hill girls school and Belvue school, wiith children and adolescents, who have a range of different difficulties. I am also a lecturer in Counselling at a local college.
I also have experience working with charity run organisations offering Counselling to adults with a range of difficulties such as anxiety, relationship issues, depression, bereavement and a wider range of difficulties . These include working for MIND, a women's centre and a local hospital support service..
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My current fees are:
Initial consultation 50 minutes: £30
Ongoing 50 minute sessions: £60
Concession rates are negotiable.
weekdays and evenings and some weekend sessions available.
Your enquiry will be confidential, you do not need to be referred by a GP to make an appointment. When you attend the initial consultation, we will discuss your needs and expectations, and any relevant issues. This will allow us to determine together if Counselling is suitable for you.
There is no obligation to take the therapy further however, if you decide to proceed and feel that I am the right person for you, we can then organise a weekly regular day and time in which we could meet on an ongoing basis. If you do not feel I am the right therapist then I would be happy to refer you to someone who I felt could be suitable for you.