Richard Absalom MBACP (Accredited) Sex and Relationship Therapist
Since 2006 I have helped individuals and couples, who are struggling with feelings, relationships or behaviours that are holding them back. Although I have broad experience of helping people deal with a range of life issues, I have specific training and experience in helping people with sexual problems, relationship conflict and problematic sexual behaviours.
The aim is to help you gain insight, heighten self awareness and develop a less self critical view of yourself. As well as problem solving, the approach is educational, preventative and growth-promoting.
Not only does therapy relieve symptoms and find resolution, as we move towards a better understanding, it can also be an extremely rewarding experience. Contact me to ask any questions, and find out how I can help. I provide a confidential space for us to meet regularly and work together to gain insight about the issue(s) causing you concern.
To fix an initial meeting or to discuss your needs please contact me by phone or email.
I offer early morning, day time and evening appointments.
I work from my home in Branksome Park, Poole, and online.
I am registered to take referrals from Aviva, AXA, and Vitality Health.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, and an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I previously worked for many years in Human Resources and Risk Management, in the NHS
I have also worked as a counselling lecturer, and have worked for counselling agencies specialising in addictions, sexual and violent abuse.
I am a mentor for other therapists.
My qualifications include;
Dip Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Dip Integrative Counselling
Dip in Hypnotherapy
Certificate in Coaching
CRUSE Certificate in Bereavement Counselling
Cert Psychosexual Health/Counselling
Certificate in Couples Counselling
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
The fee is £60 for individuals and £70 for couples for a 50 minute session. I work primarily on an open-ended basis. At the start of therapy we will agree a regular day and time to meet weekly.