Fiona Richards Registered and Accredited MBACP
Based in Stirling, I am an experienced counsellor offering a professional and confidential counselling service to individuals. I know making contact with a counsellor for the first time can sometimes be a really difficult step to take. Choosing the right person to see can also be confusing. With this in mind I have put together some information which I hope will be useful and help you in your decision.
I have a background in person-centred counselling and over the years I have broadened my way of working to include other elements. My approach is flexible and intuitive with you at its centre; a counselling session is your space and time to explore whatever is important to you at the time.
How can counselling help?
I believe forming an open and trusting therapeutic relationship is key to making progress. I can offer you a warm, supportive and non-judgmental environment which, over time, I hope will enable you to feel comfortable enough to explore whatever is troubling you. I will work at your pace and never force you to talk about anything you don't want to.
I strongly believe that we all do the best we can in the circumstances in which we find ourselves and this can sometimes mean we develop unhelpful ways of thinking, feeling and behaving in order to cope. I have no magic wand. However, I know with time, commitment and a positive counselling relationship, it's possible to make sense of your situation and progress towards a happier future.
What to expect in your first session
The first time we meet I will ask you to tell me what has led you to contact me and give you some information about counselling and how we will work together. I will also ask what you hope to get from coming to counselling. Sometimes this can be a tricky question to answer so if this is the case we can work this out together. After this, you can decide if you think I am the right person for you to work with.
Confidentiality and professionalism are at the heart of how I work. I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and am highly committed to their professional standards and ethical code of conduct. You can find me on their website.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over six years experience working as a counsellor gained within numerous settings; a GP practice, a mental health charity and as a student counsellor for a university. During this time, I have worked with a wide range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, sexuality, relationship issues, loss and bereavement, abuse and trauma.
BSC (Hons) Psychology, Edinburgh University
Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling, Strathclyde University
Registered and Accredited member of BACP (registration number 068045)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
My fees are £40 per hour.
Please feel free to contact me on 07511 779158 for an initial chat (I may be busy so please leave a message and I will get back to you) or by email to ask any questions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I can offer appointments on Mondays and Thursdays daytime
Types of client