Richard Acklam MBACP - Couples Counsellor
I am a Relate-trained relationship counsellor. I work part-time at Relate Avon and have a private practice in Clifton, Bristol. I work exclusively with couples. (Currently, for the safety of my clients, all sessions are online via webcam).
Couples come for counselling for a wide variety of reasons. It can be a great opportunity to explore what is or is not happening in your relationship and to make changes that lead to your couple life being both happier and healthier. Some couples come for counselling because there has been some kind of crisis and there might be doubt, for one or both members of the couple, as to whether the relationship is sustainable at all.
My aim as a counsellor is to create a safe and supportive environment where you will feel secure and confident to express your thoughts and feelings as openly and honestly as possible and, with your partner, work on the particular issues that you have identified.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level 4 & 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling
Relate - Certificate of Proficiency as a Relationship Counsellor
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 Initial Consultation (£20 for up to an hour) is an opportunity for me to get to know you and the reasons why you are interested in couples counselling and also, for you to get to know me and ask any questions you may have. If we all decide we would like to work together, ongoing counselling sessions are charged at £70 for each one-hour session.