Nicola Richter MA, MBACP Senior Accredited, UKCP Registered, MBPsS, Fellow HEA

Nicola Richter MA, MBACP Senior Accredited, UKCP Registered, MBPsS, Fellow HEA

63 Doggetts Way
St. Albans

01727 750088

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About me

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 want to make.

• You are in safe hands: as I have over 20 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, 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 (USA, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand).

Above all: I am human and talk with you in a warm, sensitive 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.

Depression, Suicide, Addiction, Confidence, Relationships Issues, Couples Counselling, Marriage Preparation, Self-Esteem, Stress and Feeling Unsure or Stuck, Work, Anxiety, 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 own Potential, ...

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. - MA - 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 of IARR - International Association for Relationship Research
ADPCA- Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach

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 20 years I have successfully helped individuals and couples.

I have undertaken many additional trainings, CPD activities, and taught courses, including e.g.:
• Couple Counselling
• Suicide Intervention
• Health Psychology
• CBT (my own way of working goes beyond the limitations of CBT)
• Medical Sociology
• Death, Dying and Grief
• Dream Work

• Stress-Management, Mindfulness, Relaxation & Meditation

In addition to offering you my private practice services, I am also

Aviva provider of psychological/counselling therapy
Cigna provider of counselling & psychotherapy
PruHealth approved provider as a psychotherapist
WPA and WPA Protocol registered psychotherapist
- 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


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Inner Strength Counselling, Building Inner Resources, Resilience, Positive Psychology
  • Self-Acceptance
  • Insights and Awareness, and how to action them
  • Inner (and outer) Conflicts and Confusion
  • 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, Belief, Moral Issues
  • Value Conflicts, Priorities Clarification
  • Doubt and Assurance
  • Anger and Responsibility
  • Couple Issues, Pre-Marriage Counselling, Communication Improvement, Child-Care Agreements
  • Mindfulness
  • 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

Photos & videos

  • Consulting Room Nicola Richter


SESSIONS are available Mondays to Thursdays, at the fee of £60 for individuals. Couples and (adult) families £65. Fees for organisations, EAP, insurances on request.
The first appointment starts at 10am, the last appointment starts at 7pm.
I am available to answer PHONE ENQUIRES, Mondays-Fridays between 10am-7pm (if I don't pick up, please leave a message, as I might be with a client: I always call back, and as soon as I have time for us to talk). You can e.g. call me during day-time if you are at work, and 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.

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.

20 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 (Europe, USA, New Zealand), 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 7pm)
• 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,

Maps & Directions

St. Albans, AL1 2NF

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: bi-lingual, English-German


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


SESSIONS OFFERED:10 am to 8pm - Mon-Thurs (last session starting at 7pm). PHONE ENQUIRIES: 10am to 6pm Mon-Fri

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Hi fellow kindred spirit and colleague,.

Online supervision:No
Telephone supervision:Yes
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