Rachel Richards

Rachel Richards

Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57

Colwyn Bay
Conwy
LL29

07827 592 515

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About me

Hello

If you’ve arrived at this page, perhaps you’re feeling distressed, low, anxious or stuck; maybe you’re looking for a positive change in your life, work, relationships or the way you see yourself. You may be hoping to make sense of your thoughts, feelings, actions or impulses. Or perhaps you have a general sense that life isn’t progressing the way you had envisaged.

Therapy can be very helpful in all these circumstances but it can feel so daunting, taking that first step to make contact with a therapist. The idea of sitting down with a stranger to explore very personal issues is pretty scary for most of us – but I promise you a warm and accepting response. I will not be shocked or overwhelmed by any issue you bring.

Our lives can be complex and are rarely problem-free. Talking with friends and family is often really helpful for expressing and resolving issues, but professional counselling with a trained therapist who doesn’t have a vested interest in telling you what you should think, feel or do can bring deeper perspective and longer-lasting relief. Therapy provides the confidential space to safely bring all of your thoughts and feelings and unravel them in a systematic way with someone trained to see connections and patterns.

A good life isn’t one that runs completely smoothly, it’s about having the strategies and know-how to deal effectively with problems. Working with a trained therapist will focus on developing the skills and capacity to deal with the immediate problem, but will also help you to effectively navigate the highs and lows that your future life may bring. The rewards of therapy can therefore be exciting, empowering and satisfying, bringing a very comforting sense of being better-equipped to handle whatever is around the corner.

You and your issues are central to the work. My approach to therapy is collaborative in that I will strive with you to achieve the changes you are looking for. I will listen to you carefully and thoughtfully to really see and hear your concerns and how they are affecting your life. We will work together to consider changes that feel comfortable and do-able, and agree how to tackle them.

Therapy can be fun, energising, draining, sometimes painful but ultimately very rewarding.

My practice is grounded in person-centred philosophy; I firmly believe everyone has value and deserves respect. Every person has the motivation and potential for positive change. My approach draws strongly upon Transactional Analysis (TA), a really helpful theory of communication and personality that integrates psychodynamic, behavioural and humanistic principles and lends itself beautifully to understanding ourselves, our relationships and the patterns of our lives.

I also believe context is important in the process of making positive change and I take a holistic approach; so whilst the emphasis of our work will be future-focused, it can be really helpful to first acknowledge what has led to where you are now and why things may be as they are. This might include exploring previous experiences, upbringing, relationships and schooling - whatever feels comfortable and relevant.

What can you expect when you contact me?

I offer a free, half hour introductory session so that we can meet and decide whether to go ahead - if you are comfortable to work with me and if I think I can help with your issue. Please contact me if you’d like to arrange an initial session.

Further sessions can be arranged on a weekly or fortnightly basis and will last for 50 minutes. I work face to face with adults, couples, older adults, trainee therapists. Short-term or long-term.

Training, qualifications & experience

13 years’ counselling experience, 4 years qualified.

PGD Counselling, Bangor University.

BACP Registered.

Previous experience includes counselling children & young people (NSPCC) and NHS primary care counselling.

Professional background includes work with the NHS & higher education sector.

I am currently working with survivors of sexual trauma.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Social anxiety

Introversion

Feeling different

Fees

£35-£45.

Concessions available, please ask me.

Maps & Directions

Bangor, LL57
Colwyn Bay, LL29

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Availability

Flexible appointments

Evening availability

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples