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Maurice Richards (MBACP). Individual, Couple & Family RELATE Trained Counsellor

Newquay TR7 & St. Austell PL25
07846 160 973 07846 160 973
Newquay TR7 & St. Austell PL25

About me

Hello and welcome to my profile. Thank you for taking the time to consider wether we might work together.

In light of the Covid-19 virus situation, I’m offering sessions via, Skype, zoom, or telephone. Please contact me and we discuss what would work for you.

I offer couple, family and individual counselling.

I am fully Relate trained and having worked for them for over 13 years I can bring that experience to work with you as a couple or family.

Relate Cornwall centre closed in 2018 and I now offer couple counselling privately in North and Mid Cornwall.


I can see people in North and Mid Cornwall, including Truro, Newquay, St. Austell, Bodmin/Wadebridge area, and North coast areas. I have rooms I can see you in which are easy to travel to, park, or if it is more convenient or you prefer it for whatever reason, I can see you in your own home.

About me.

I started counselling over 20 years ago after volunteering with Cruse bereavement and CRASAC. I am trained in person centred counselling primarily and I work in a more integrative way which means I will work in whatever way suits you best and is comfortable for you.

I am also a  Relate trained counsellor and supervisor with more than 20 years experience. I worked for Relate Cornwall in Truro and St. Austell for 13 years. Relate Cornwall closed it’s centre in February 2018 and I now offer private counselling for individuals, couples and families.

First steps.

I do know how hard it can be to make that first step to contact someone when we are struggling or having difficulties, either individually or in our relationships. I am more than happy to answer any questions or concerns or give you more information about me, how I can help and how I work. I welcome your email or telephone call without any commitment to go further.

Choosing a counsellor is very important and the person you choose has to of course, feel right for you. I offer an initial session for us to see if we can work together and then you can decide if you would like further sessions without any obligation. I hope to make that first step less daunting. At the first session, you have opportunity to tell me a little about what has brought you to counselling and it gives you a chance to meet me and see if you’d like to work together.

Whatever brings you to consider counselling at this moment in your life; having a safe, accepting, non-judgmental space just for you can help. It’s a time for you to talk through what is troubling you, get help in sorting through what’s causing you struggles and helping you move forward in your life at your own pace and in your own way. A counsellor can walk alongside you and offer you the space and time you might need. I offer both short and long term counselling.

Couple counselling.

I work with individuals and also, being a Relate trained counsellor, I have worked extensively with couples and families. I can offer a background of experience working with many different issues and problems that can arise between a couple or a family.

You may find your relationship is in difficulty and need help talking things through with someone neutral. You may be struggling to communicate and find yourselves arguing a lot. You might be considering separation or divorce. There may have been affairs and betrayals within the relationship. I work in a way that encourages both of you to have time to speak and be heard.

Individual counselling.

You may have difficulty individually with anxiety, (either a specific anxiety or more generalised anxiety disorders),  panic, depression/sadness, past trauma, abuse, bereavement, stress, phobias, or something unique to you.

Family counselling

I have also worked with families who are having difficulties. You may find your family is struggling to communicate, or the family relationship has broken down for some reason. Maybe you are looking for help with the relationship with your children or who are in families going through separation or divorce. I have worked for Cafcass helping families through the difficult process of navigating divorce and family splits.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed my person centred counselling advanced diploma in 2003. I’ve worked for Relate Cornwall, Cruse bereavement service and Cornwall rape and sexual abuse centre. I’ve taken many courses to add to my experience, such as specialist training in couples and family counselling. I am also a trained supervisor, both for Relate and privately. I am a registered member of BACP.

  • European Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. 2003
  • Working with families (Relate) 2014
  • Advanced Diploma in Supervision. 2009 (Iron Mill).
  • Certificate in Supervision, Mentoring and Coaching. 2009 (Iron Mill).

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


During this difficult time, I’m offering face to face counselling, or online via Skype, zoom and FaceTime. Please contact me and we can discuss what would work for you.


I offer the first session of one hour at the reduced rate of £20, to see if you feel comfortable working with me.

My fees are: £40 for an hour session -individuals.

£45 per hour - couples

£50 per hour - families

(I offer reduced rates for students. I also offer limited concessions in special circumstances.)

Skype, zoom, telephone £35 for an hour session. (Individuals)


£50 per 1.5 hours. i offer reduced rates for student counsellors.

Please feel free to contact me by email or telephone.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Further information

I offer face to face, telephone or online counselling and supervision.

I work from private counselling rooms in Truro, Newquay, St. Austell, Bodmin, Wadebridge area, and north coast areas of Cornwall. I also see people from my home in the St. Breward area.

I can also come to your own home if that is more convenient for you.

Please contact me for further details.

Please contact me by email or telephone. If I’m not available please do leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

86 Stennack Road
St. Austell


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

I can visit in your own home, if accessibility is a difficulty for you.


I offer flexible appointments. Please contact me for details.

Types of client

Older adults


I have been a qualified Supervisor for over 10 years, working within Relate and private practice during this time. I offer supervision for individuals and groups. .

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Maurice Richards (MBACP). Individual, Couple & Family RELATE Trained Counsellor

Maurice Richards (MBACP). Individual, Couple & Family RELATE Trained Counsellor