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About me

As well as my initial core training and qualification in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, I am additionally qualified in Sex and Relationship therapy.

I have been working with individuals since 2006 and with couples since 2010. I am passionate about helping people tap back into their own resources in order to solve problems and make changes. Perhaps you are feeling flat, low, worried, stressed or desperate. Maybe you are having difficulty in a relationship, or with your work, or perhaps you are unhappy about the quality or direction of your life.

I help people to understand and resolve, the impact of bereavement, trauma, childhood related issues, addiction, depression, work related stress, infertility, family related issues and cultural differences. I work  on a long or short term basis.

I support couples at any stage of their relationship to improve communication, negotiation and compromise, to develop intimacy, throughout separation and divorce, recovery from affairs and betrayals, sexual differences and difficulties.

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 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;
A qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Independent Practitioner to Level 5 CPCAB
Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 CPCAB
Diploma in Hypnotherapy
Certificate in Coaching skills
CRUSE Certificate in Bereavement Counselling
Cert Psychosexual Health/Counselling
Certificate in Couples Counselling
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy

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Fees

Additional information

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.

Availability

Available 8am - 8pm Monday to Friday

London
SE7

Branksome Park
Poole
Dorset
BH13

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

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Richard Absalom Counsellor, Relationship and Psychosexual Therapist

Richard Absalom Counsellor, Relationship and Psychosexual Therapist