Kelly Louise Richardson MBACP
Need some help?
Stuck in grief?
Feeling stressed from life’s hecticness? Would you like to learn some new techniques to reset and boost your resilience?
Feeling really low for too long? Would you like to revive your energy levels?
Want to stop feeling so anxious?
Welcome and thank you for clicking onto my profile. I understand that looking for, and reaching out to a counsellor can be daunting and you may be a little apprehensive.
Counselling is not about me giving you advice, rather me working with you to find your own answers. Therefore, I believe that the therapeutic relationship is of upper-most importance.
I will provide you with a comfortable, safe and confidential space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Your journey of self-discovery could lead you to the empowerment of being able to make any necessary changes.
Prior to training as a Counsellor I worked for many years at Humberside Police (and since qualifying as a Counsellor I work a lot with emergency services employees). Alongside this, my hobby and interest was in health and fitness. I worked in health clubs and taught fitness classes. I focused on physical health and gained a real passion for well-being and helping people. From here, I began incorporating mental well-being, as I began to believe that the mind and body works together. It led me to starting my counselling training in 2010 and so I genuinely come from a holistic approach. My core training was gained at The University of Hull. Since then I have progressed through the levels. I place an emphasis on Continual Professional Development and so I attend regular training courses and workshops to update my knowledge and skills.
I have experience of working with clients on issues such as loss and bereavement at Cruse Bereavement Care. I worked with various issues at Mind the mental health charity. I have also worked, for a short time, at the Oncology Department at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals. At Focus Counselling in Hull, I worked with anxiety and depression on an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) NHS initiative called 'Let's Talk'.
I am an Associate Counsellor for several Employee Assistance Programme Providers (EAP's).
Nowadays, I work a lot with self-referral private clients on a wide range of issues in my own private practice (A New Horizon). I am located in Brough, East Yorkshire (non-clinical setting, anonymous, off street parking/disabled access/toilet facilities available).
How I Work
I work on a one-to-one basis in a person-centred way. This means that I offer the conditions of congruence, empathy and unconditional positive regard. I work from an integrative perspective which means that I use tools from other theoretical approaches in which ever way suits you, as an individual client, the best as I believe that people are unique and therefore there is no ‘one size fits all' approach.
I can offer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) looking at your negative, automatic thoughts and the impact on your feelings and behaviours. We can explore coping strategies, that work for you, for the short term and look at ways for you to live more positively.
I also work with clients long term exploring and addressing the root cause of the issue(s). This can be open ended (not time limited).
I am pleased to be able to offer a high quality counselling service. It has always been my aim to make counselling affordable and for this reason I have a number of time slots for people on low income or registered unwaged. I also know that when somebody seeks counselling they do not want to wait. Therefore, I offer a NO WAITING policy. I can offer a FREE initial telephone consultation. This is for you to ask any questions that you many have and see if we would like to work together.
Are you ready to make a change?
If you have an issue that is holding you back from living your life to the full then please do not hesitate get in touch. I value helping people and have a passion for supporting clients through their problems. Having someone, that is not a family member, to walk alongside you, can help. As I have your best interests at heart if I cannot help you myself I can signpost you to other services. Take your first step today to feeling better. I look forward to hearing from you either via telephone or via email if that is easier for you.
Are you an employer? Do you know the number of working days that are lost due to sickness absence caused by work related stress? Why not invest in a course of CBT for your employees? They will learn to build up resilience so that they are more able to adapt.
Heal your past, live your present and create your future.
"Kelly helped me to understand my feelings and I understand myself better now".
"Kelly has helped me to get my life back on track".
"With Kelly's support I was able to make some positive changes and so I feel in a much better place now".
Further reviews and recommendations can be viewed on my professional page on Facebook called ‘A New Horizon’.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Top Up) DEGREE in Therapeutic Counselling (2019)
Cache Awareness of Mental Health Problems (2018)
ASIST Suicide Awareness (2018)
RELATE Couples Therapy (2017)
CRUSE Bereavement Care (2013/14)
BACP Certificate of Proficiency (2014)
FOUNDATION DEGREE in Theory and Practice of Counselling Level 5 (2012/13/14)
University Foundation Award in Counselling Skills Level 4 (2011)
Counselling Skills Level 3 (2010)
Counselling Skills Level 2 (2010)
Counselling Skills Level 1 (2010)
*Qualifications available to view upon request*
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The client group that I tend to work more with are individual adults (over 18 years).
The issues that I work with regularly (but not limited to) are bereavement, loss, pregnancy/birth, low self-esteem/confidence, stress/work related stress, relationship dynamics, major life changing events such as divorce/health related issues/redundancy, personal development, negative thinking patterns, generalised anxiety and depression.
As well as talking therapy I can offer other creative ways of working if that suits you better.
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FREE initial telephone consultation.
Cost/Investment - £40 per session.
Rates may vary if counselling is being paid for by a company, for their employees, in accordance with the required invoicing.
I can offer a discount for Block Bookings (6 sessions). Fees to be paid in full at the time of booking.
Payment is one session in advance either via cash or bank transfer.
A minimum of 48 hours notice must be given for cancellations otherwise the full session fee will apply.
I can offer regular day and time appointments if it helps you, and encourage this, as a commitment to therapy.
I try to work with appointment times that are suited to you. (Earliest appointment time 830am, latest appointment time 830pm on selected days). Open weekdays, evenings and weekends. Please note that some appointment times may carry an additional £5 surcharge. Please enquire.
I also offer 'Walk and Talk' therapy. This combines the physical exercise of walking with the traditional talk therapy. The session lasts between 50 and 60 minutes and the same fees apply. There are many benefits to this type of therapy. It can be less intimidating for some clients than the four walls of a clinical setting. Getting out into nature and exercise releases endorphins both known to lift mood. This is an additional benefit to the talking therapy. Although I have fitness related qualifications, this is not a workout, more a gentle walk but you as the client sets the pace.
I can offer occasional sessions via video call (same fees apply).
I offer Life Coaching if you want to explore what you want your 'next chapter' to look like (same fees apply).
I can offer mindfulness sessions. Mindfulness can help to stop from ‘living in your head’. It focuses on the here and now. Like any new skill it takes time to practice. Initial sessions can be booked to get you started.
I have an 'Enhanced DBS' and am a member of the update service.
I am a registered member of a professional body namely The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) reg. I have passed The Certificate of Proficiency. This means that I have met their standards in counselling training.
I have regular clinical supervision, with a Senior Accredited Supervisor, to make certain that I am working ethically. It safeguards you as a client and enables me to provide the best service for you.
I carry Professional Indemnity Insurance.
My Facebook professional page is called 'A New Horizon'. Here you can find supportive and inspirational articles, testimonials and can contact me.
I am also on LinkedIn (for professional use).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available weekdays/weekends/evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|