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MSc, MBACP Senior Accredited, UKCP Reg., MBPsS, Fellow HEA

About me

UPDATE Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Other infections

My practice is open for sessions: in person (safety measures are in place). Sessions are also via: video/Skype.

The current situation might highlight for you very strong feelings, including anxiety, anger, confusion, depression, feeling stuck and sadly: bereavement.

We can discuss your thoughts and feelings to deal with practical issues, medical issues, emotional and mental health, as well as spiritual and mindfulness related beliefs and experiences which you might be encountering and wish to explore.

You may find it comforting to know, that I have presented at three international conferences on matters relating to the current situation, including speaking about: Covid-anxiety, Covid-depression, lockdown-depression, vaccine-anxiety, family discord due to opposing views about the current challenges.

Please visit my website for my personal message to you about psychological wellbeing during Coronavirus (check also out my blog on my website).

I offer you a friendly, genuine, professional and very experienced & effective service.
My interactive approach, is tailored to your individual needs to help you to: understand yourself and others more fully, work through patterns, make the changes in your feelings and thinking and behaviour, which you wish to make.

• You are in safe hands: as I have over 25 years of experience of making a difference to peoples lives • You can be assured by my credentials: I am a senior BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, registered with UKCP, qualified as a psychologist with a Masters in Psychology • In addition you get from me up-to-date knowledge, as I train others in counselling and psychotherapy as senior lecturer at University and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy • Plus: with me you can get to work with a whole-hearted professional: I am immersed in the field, e.g. also through presenting at national and international conferences (Australia, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, USA, and: internationally online).

Above all: I am human and talk with you in a warm, sensitive, compassionate and natural way. For me you are not a standard 'case', you are a unique person. I am here to help you, to access your own inner potential, to understand your life's lessons, to find your own answers and to experience deep contentment in living the life you know you could live.

• Confidential, fully insured service for individuals and couples.
• An opportunity for you to explore: emotional, psychological and spiritual issues, without being judged.
• I assist you in deepening of your awareness of yourself, your feelings, thoughts, behaviour, your past and current situation - through gaining deeper insight, I know you gain more choice in your well-being.
• My work includes: identifying patterns which don't serve you anymore and finding ways how to learn and move on from experiences, towards hope and greater fulfilment in your life.
• We can talk face-to-face, and phone or Skype sessions are available too.
• I also offer clinical and research supervision for practitioners and trainees.

I like to assist you to actually change what you would like to change in your life, your relationships, and within yourself. I like to support you and encourage you to manage life's challenges and pains; how to build on your inner growth; and how to move towards your goals and purpose in life.

Worry and Anxiety, Depression, Suicide, Addiction, Wellbeing, Confidence, Relationships Issues, Couples Counselling, Marriage Preparation, Self-Esteem, Stress and Feeling Unsure or Stuck, Work, Suffering due to Oppression and Racism, Loss, Bereavement, Crisis, Burnout, Transitions, Personal Growth, Life's Meaning, Conflicting Goals and Values, Conflict with Others and Within Oneself, Personality Changes, Communication Skills, Self-Love, Hope, Mindfulness, Spiritual Crisis, Finding Inner Strength, Resources-Activation, Unlocking your own Potential, ...

And: Covid-Anxiety, Covid-Depression, Anxieties about: Vaccines and Treatments. I have presented at three international conferences on the psychological impact of the current crisis.

I like to assist you in gaining a deeper understanding, different views and ways to come to terms with your situation and to advance from it.
With understanding and insight, you are likely to see more choices in how you can react to things.
I am interested in supporting you to access and clarify your own answers and how you can action them. I have witnessed over and over, that deeper insight into a situation, provides a sense of greater control over ones own actions and reactions, and is a powerful means for living contently and meaningfully.

I work with adults of any age.

I am based in St. Albans (South Side, 5-7 min from motorways M1 Jct 6 and Jct 7 / M25 Jct 22 and Jct 21a).
Typically people come to me from St. Albans and the surrounding Hertfordshire areas, and also from London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex, Essex, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Berkshire.
Within walking distance: St. Albans Abbey Station, Buses S4 and S5 from St. Albans City station (trains from London Hampstead take 15 minutes) ; Bus 655 from Borehamwood (via Park Street).

                                  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Most people who come to me can already feel after the first session more hope and can see a difference in their feeling and thinking within 4-6 sessions.

I offer short-term, medium-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy. My service is tailored to your needs, and to be more specific about the number of sessions, this depends largely upon your problems, e.g. is it something very specific, which has been very recent? - in which case you may come only for 2-4 sessions.
If you have things you want to talk about, which might have been going on for years and only now you are paying more attention to them, or if there is something about your personality or way of thinking and feeling you would like to change, this can take a couple of weeks, or months.
In some cases you may wish to come for a 'psychological maintenance', or have a 'general overhaul', a taking stock of your life, maybe finding new meaning, which can take months to years.

Training, qualifications & experience

Nicola Richter -  Psychologist - Psychotherapist - Counsellor - Supervisor - Consultant

Dipl.-Psych. - MSc - Masters in Psychology (specialised in: Clinical Psychology; Intervention Methods /Counselling & Psychotherapy; and Educational Psychology);
• PGDipHE - Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education,

MBACP (Senior Accredited) - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy,
UKCP Registered - United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy,
• Member MBPsS - British Psychological Society,
• Fellow FHEA - Higher Education Academy

• Member of the AHP - American Association for Humanistic Psychology
• Member
ADPCA - Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach • Member WAPCEPC - World Association for Person Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counselling

I am trained in humanistic person-centred counselling and psychotherapy (under the late Prof. Dr. Reinhard Tausch, friend and professional colleague of the founder of the approach, Prof. Dr. Carl Rogers).
For over 25 years I have successfully helped individuals and couples.

I have undertaken many additional trainings, CPD activities, and taught courses, including e.g.:

• Couple Counselling (e.g. University of Hamburg; Gottman Institute; Tavistock)
• Suicide Intervention
• Health Psychology
• CBT (my own way of working goes beyond the limitations of CBT)
• Medical Sociology
• Death, Dying and Grief
• Loneliness
• Dream Work
• Stress-Management, Mindfulness, Relaxation & Meditation
• Building Compassion from the Inside Out (with Dr. Thupten Jinpa, former interpreter of HH the Dalai Lama).

In addition to offering you my services in private practice, I am also
registered health care provider as a psychotherapist for several MEDICAL HEALTHCARE INSURANCES:

• Axa


• Exeter Family Friendly

Helix Health

Vitality Health (formerly: PruHealth)

WPA and WPA Protocol

- please ask for details about other insurances.
Please make sure you arrange with your insurance the referral details.

SUPERVISION for other Practitioners:
I am an experienced supervisor and offer clinical supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists at all levels, beginners including trainees to fully established professionals. My supervisees have obtained e.g. BACP accreditation, HPC registration in their first attempt.
Further: I offer research supervision for Diploma, Bachelor and Masters courses and students. The majority of my Masters students (over 70%) have obtained distinctions for their research work.

English - German

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Inner Strength Counselling, Building Inner Resources, Resilience, Positive Psychology
  • Self-Acceptance, Self-Compassion
  • Insights and Awareness, and how to action them
  • Inner (and outer) Conflicts and Confusion
  • Fear of Death, Suicidal Ideation
  • Meaning in Life, Purpose in Life
  • Transitions (e.g. motherhood; children leaving home; career change; retirement; illness; death and dying; moving in together; pre-nuptial counselling, ...)
  • Creativity, Writers Block, Performance Anxiety
  • Trust (in self and others)
  • Faith, Spirituality, Belief, Moral Issues
  • Oppression, Racism
  • Value Conflicts, Priorities Clarification
  • Doubt and Assurance
  • Anger, Responsibility and Compassion
  • Couple Issues, Pre-Marriage Counselling, Communication Improvement, Child-Care Agreements
  • Mindfulness - how to practice
  • Becoming Unstuck from Patterns
  • Maintaining Inner Balance
  • Experiencing Contentment
  • Relaxation, Meditation, Breathing Exercises, Health Psychology
  • Life Style Changes, and how to implement them
  • Managing Feelings and Emotions, such as Depression, Anxiety, Jealousy, Distrust, Stress
  • Hope
  • Freedom and Responsibility
  • Realisations - moving from re-actions to actions and choices based on deeper understanding of self and others

Please feel free to ask me about your particular area of interest

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£90.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

SESSIONS are available Mondays to Thursdays from 9am to 5pm, at the fee of £90 for individuals. Couples and adult families £95. Fees for organisations, EAP, insurances on request.
The first appointment starts at 9am, the last appointment starts at 4pm.
I am available to answer PHONE ENQUIRES, Mondays-Fridays between 9am-5pm. Should you get my voicemail, please leave a message with your phone-number, for confidentiality reasons the line does not record numbers. I always call back and as soon as I have time for us to talk. If you are at work, you can e.g. call me briefly during day-time so we can arrange for a time, when you can speak more freely.

you can decide after each session, when you wish to come again. The frequency and number of appointments depends on your reasons for coming, which might even change over time e.g.:
• from unburdening yourself and talking something over with somebody unbiased, who truly listens to you
• to overcoming obstacles & challenges and finding different views on a matter,
• and understanding yourself and others better and making changes,
• up to working through patterns you might feel stuck in,
• to 'maintenance' for dealing with life's stresses,
• or for general personal (and professional) growth.
The decision is yours.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

SESSIONS OFFERED: 9am to 5pm - Mon-Thurs (last session starts at 4pm)
PHONE ENQUIRIES: 9am to 5pm Mon-Fri
Covid-19 INFO - sessions are in person with safety measures AND also via Skype

Further information

My clear and easy to comprehend approach is tailored to your individual needs and wants. Assisting you: in making changes happen, clarifying your own answers, accessing your inner strength and potential & translating insights into action and your daily life. Feeling more content within yourself and fulfilled with your life.

I am up-to-date with latest developments, research and knowledge in counselling and psychotherapy. I am passionate about the profession (I love my work!) and maintain an attitude of awareness of what I do and its deeper meaning for your overall well-being.

25 years experience of providing counselling and psychotherapy;
• over 20,000 hours of counselling provided;
senior lecturer at Universities and Colleges, training people in the counselling and psychotherapy profession; offering specialist trainings (e.g. on Suicide Intervention at California State University, Northridge);
presenter at national and international conferences (Australia, Europe, USA, New Zealand) and at international online conferences; I have been on radio.
published a number of articles and a book-chapter, and some of my work has been cited by others in journals and books.
• editorial reviewer for educational journal and Sage Publications book proposal.
• senior accredited and registered with the two main regulating bodies for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK (BACP & UKCP).
• approved provider for medical healthcare insurances (e.g. Aviva, Cigna, PruHealth, WPA).
personal experience, in my eyes is essential next to the professional experience, as mentioned above, thus I have done a lot of work on myself as I want to offer you integrity when I am talking with you.

• day-time, lunch-hour and evening appointments to choose from (latest appointment starts at 4pm)
• flexibility of appointment frequency (whether once a week, fortnightly, monthly or any other rhythm - we do it the way it works best for you)

• short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy
• phone and skype sessions available, if e.g. you travel, have work- or other commitments, are house-bound, shift-working, etc.

• full professional insurance
sessions take place in a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere
• free parking at all times

I am more than happy to have a little chat with you on the phone - for free! - to provide you with any additional details, and answer any questions you may have about my service or counselling in general.

Please feel welcome to call me to discuss, your needs, concerns or wants, or to book an initial appointment.

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email me if you prefer at:

I look forward to talking with you,
with warmest wishes,

63 Doggetts Way, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2NF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Sessions take place on the ground floor.

Additional languages

bi-lingual, English-German

Online platforms



In person

My philosophy to supervision is rooted in humanistic psychology: I am interested in supporting you to actualise your potential as a whole person!

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