Rich Hayden - Counsellor & Creative Therapist MBACP
Hi, I'm Rich. I am a fully qualified, BACP registered counsellor and creative therapist. This means I work with either talking therapy alone or a blend of talking & creative therapies, whatever suits your needs best.
My aim is to provide a service that is effective, simple to access and encourages personal growth & healing. I work in a very open way; my intention is to ultimately give you the tools to understand and better navigate your issues, thoughts and feelings.
For many of us, words can sometimes be hard to find, especially when we have experienced something difficult. A creative approach offers us various unique and personal ways of expression and communication beyond talking.
It can work with anything creative, you don't even need to be "arty" or have any skills! It's less about making a finished masterpiece & more about the journey of creation.
I work either on a one to one basis or I run small creative therapy groups (see below for details).
What I Offer
I believe we are all unique & therefore have different needs from counselling. My focus is always on the best approach to support each client’s individual needs. Even with talking therapy I prefer to work creatively; ‘in the moment’ with what the client brings to the session and the inspiration we find together rather than to a pre-determined analysis.
I offer one-hour sessions to adults and young people (aged 16+) from a safe, welcoming, comfortable and relaxed space in the centre of Cheltenham. I am experienced in supporting clients through a wide range of issues and welcome people from all backgrounds and walks of life. I am very accepting and easy to talk to; people describe me as open minded, non-judgemental, compassionate and curious.
I recognise that It can be difficult trying to choose the right counsellor without being face to face. That’s why I offer a reduced rate first session to give us the chance to meet before deciding to work together. I am happy to work with both long term clients and also with clients who prefer a more focussed, specific and time-limited approach. I welcome all questions and enquiries, which are treated confidentially and with no obligation.
Please see my website (www.greenroomtherapy.uk) for more information about myself and my practice.
Creative Therapy Groups
I am running small therapy groups (4-5 people max) using art materials as a creative medium to individually explore and experiment in a group environment. These groups are suitable for anyone interested in creative therapies. Anything that is considered creative expression can be used, from paint to poetry, clay to collage and beyond!
I am currently offering a 2 hour group session, once fortnightly on a Wednesday evening from 7-9pm. The cost is £40 per session and all materials are provided. Please see my website for more details or contact me with any questions.
What To Expect From Your First Session
It's often difficult to know what to expect when meeting a counsellor for the first time, especially if you have not had counselling before, so I am happy to answer any enquires you may have before coming in.
The first time we meet will be an introductory session; an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you have, discuss how you would like to work and see if you feel comfortable with me and my counselling space. I will take some brief details from you, go through my counselling agreement and briefly discuss the issues you are bringing, what you wish to gain from counselling and how we might work together to achieve that. This is more like a 'get to know each other' session which generally takes around 45 minutes.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Counselling – Iron Mill College, Exeter
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Iron Mill College, Exeter
- Post Qualifying Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies - Iron Mill College, Exeter
- Volunteer Student Counsellor (2 years) – Listening Post, Gloucester
- Youth & Family Services Mentor (3 years)- The Door Youth Project, Stroud
- Counsellor & Creative Arts Therapist (current) - Infobuzz, Gloucester
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£25 initial consultation (45 minutes)
£45 per 1-hour session, payable by cash or bank transfer on the day.