Rich Rippin (MBACP)
Taking the first step towards counselling can feel daunting. I offer a safe, warm, confidential space for you to explore the difficulties that you are currently facing.
When you get in touch by email or phone, I will invite you to attend an initial session which will last for 50 minutes. This will be an opportunity for us to discuss what you are looking for from counselling and see how well we work together.
Counselling and therapy support you to work through your difficulties and move on from feeling stuck. They help you develop a more honest relationship with yourself. By gaining a deeper understanding of some of the things that are causing you distress – both in the world around you and within yourself – you are able to see things more clearly and in different ways.
I know from my own personal experiences of therapy that it can both offer support in times of acute need, and be a crucial part in our ongoing journeys of personal development.
The best way to find out if counselling is for you, is to give it a go.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the largest and broadest association for members of the counselling professions in the UK. As such I work with and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.
I have a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling and a 1st class degree in Sociology and Gender Studies. I have a Certificate in Couple & Relationship Therapy from The Grove, London (approved by COSRT - the College of Sex and Relationship Therapists).
I have worked therapeutically in a university setting and in private practice with people from a wide variety of cultures, ages and backgrounds.
I have been working in the helping professions since 2010, where I have provided practical and emotional support to people experiencing a range of mental health difficulties.
As a manager at Centre 33 in Cambridge, I worked directly with clients and supported the administration and oversight of the counselling service.
I devised and delivered workshops on mental health, sexual health and healthy relationships, working in collaboration with the County Council Youth Support Service, The Kite Trust and Cambridge Rape Crisis.
I am a qualified Mental Health First Aider.
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
In order make counselling as accessible as possible, I use a sliding scale according to your household income. Please see my website for details
My next available sessions are likely to be on Wednesday mornings and afternoons