Rich Goodson

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Belper, DE56
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About me

Sometimes we need to talk. Or unload. Or work out what needs to change. Sometimes we need to do this with someone who's NOT family, or a friend or colleague - someone who can listen deeply and confidentially, with fresh ears, with no bias or judgement. Someone who's steady, accepting and unshockable.

I'll tailor counselling to YOUR needs and I'll certainly want to get to know YOU - not just the thing you need to talk about.

I'll offer you a safe, regular space for you to explore what's difficult - at the pace YOU want to explore it. I believe that with mindful acceptance and compassion, new perspectives are possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at Tariki Counselling and Psychotherapy, tutored by Caroline Brazier author of 'Buddhist Psychology' and 'Other-Centred Therapy'. To qualify I did a two year work placement at Nottingham Counselling Service. I'm a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).

I have a BA (Hons) from Oxford, a PGCE from Sheffield and a doctorate in writing poetry from Nottingham Trent. Before becoming a therapist I spent 27 years teaching English and Maths to teenage and adult refugees in an inner-city FE college.

I am now in private practice, both on Zoom and from my office in Belper, Derbyshire.

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with



£35.00 - £55.00

Additional information

£55 for a 50-minute session, to be payable by bank transfer on the day. Weekly and fortnightly sessions are available.

Some availability at £35 for low income or unemployed. 

Further information

Any further information, and testimonials, can be found on my website:

I offer an initial, no-obligation, free chat, either by phone or on Zoom (usually 10-20 minutes), for you to see if I'm the therapist for you. I will do my best to help you.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)

Key details

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Rich Goodson
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