Richard Askew, PGDip, MBACP | Personal Therapy and Couples Counselling
While unable to see you in person during these challenging times, I can offer either online Zoom sessions or telephone counselling through this lockdown. Please call to find out more.
Hi, I’m Richard.
I’ve been practising as a psychotherapeutic counsellor for over 10 years. I specialise in issues related to depression, anxiety, abuse, trauma, and relationship problems. During my decade working as a therapist, I’ve witnessed clients of all ages and backgrounds grow, develop and go on to live fulfilling lives.
Life can be difficult. For any number of reasons, we retreat from the world into depression, we live in a state of fearful anxiety, we struggle with emotions that overwhelm us and self-criticism that undermines us. And our relationships suffer as much as we do. And let's not forget external events that seem beyond our control - in our everyday lives and in the broader social context in which we live - that can effect our sense of wellbeing.
Life can be difficult, but at some stage we decide - enough is enough.
Counselling can help us bring about positive change, actualize our potential, live more rewarding and meaningful lives, free ourselves of the things that hinder and hold us back, and help us live with greater ease and confidence. Sometimes we want to transform our lives - even if we can’t yet imagine what that would look like.
With all of these things, I can help.
How I work
I can offer you a safe and nurturing space to explore whatever issues bring you to therapy and to help you heal and grow. No-one knows better than you - and that’s why you’re at the heart of what we do. Rather than telling you what you should do, how you should feel, what you should think, or how you should act, my role is to help you find your own way.
My work is informed by the core humanistic therapies (person-centred, gestalt, and transactional analysis), existential therapy, narrative therapy, systemic therapy, and Buddhist psychology.
Guided by these therapeutic approaches, my practice focuses on three key areas:
- our sense of self
- the quality of our relationships with other people, and
- our sense of place in the world
… because our difficulties are typically rooted in any or all of these areas. Our focus may shift from the past to the present, from significant life events to longstanding issues, and between difficult emotions, unhelpful beliefs, and problematic behaviours.
Alongside psychological theory, my work is also informed by philosophy (I'm a philosophy graduate), neuroscience, the social sciences - together with anything else that helps us make sense of the lives that we're living.
My work with couples includes all of this, together with a commitment to offer you both impartial support, explore and resolve the difficulties that have arisen between you, and help bring you closer together. We do this by exploring conflicts, improving communication, restoring affection, and helping you both identify and assert your needs, wants and wishes.
What you can expect
Through the work, I’ll help you:
- foster greater clarity, self-awareness, and understanding
- develop a secure and positive sense of self
- encourage a deeper sense of self-confidence and self-acceptance
- restore balance and ease emotional pain
- improve the quality of your relationships
- renew your sense of place in the world, and
- enhance your personal agency, so you can live the kind of life you want to live
After all, it’s only by understanding yourself and your situation that you can take action to change your world.
A few words on inclusion
I’m an active advocate for diversity and inclusion. I give great thought to the social and cultural factors that lead to discrimination, marginalisation, and prejudice against women, members of the LGBTQI community, people who are disabled, members of ‘different’ cultural, social and religious communities, and those whose ethnicity happens to be non-white or whose nationality happens to be non-British. I also recognise the great harm that can be caused by prejudice, discrimination and marginalisation. While I might not always get it right, I’ll always attempt to offer you a safe space where we can recognise and appreciate all that we share in common and celebrate everything that makes you distinctively you.
Getting in touch
Only you can bring about change, but I’m ready to accompany you every step of the way.
To get things started, you can either:
- call me for a free informal telephone consultation to discuss how we can work together, or
- simply email me and I can get us booked in for your first appointment
I’ll look forward to hearing from you….
“My experience of counselling was safe, positive, and empowering. It’s been helpful being able to learn about myself in a judgment free environment and to take time to focus on me as a whole person. I feel comfortable in my own skin and able to take control and change situations that would of previously been very daunting”, AT
“We just wanted to say what a profound difference our sessions have made to our lives. Sarah and I are as strong as ever; we're expecting a new child, and have found strength through a challenging 6 months. Because of our sessions we've been able to deal with these challenges together and remember the lessons that we learnt”, SN & TR.
“Counseling has been extremely positive. Richard is warm, open and non-judgmental. He provided a safe space for me to talk and be heard and enabled me to find my own solutions to the situations and issues that we explored. I now feel stronger, more resilient and assertive. From feeling lost and out of control, I now feel empowered and excited about life and my future”, DC
“I found counseling to be very helpful and fulfilling, and I feel my life is moving in a positive direction again. I’ve found myself wanting to get involved in new and different experiences and have discovered a newfound love for my friends and family. Since counseling ended, I’ve been feeling happy in myself, more aware of what’s important to me, free, confident, and fulfilled”, JG
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been practicing for over 10 years and have an established clinic in central Hove.
During this time, I have helped women, men, and couples struggling with issues related to:
- Abandonment and rejection
- Abuse and trauma
- Chronic illness and disability
- Cultural issues
- Depression and overwhelming sadness
- Drug and alcohol problems
- Domestic abuse
- Emotional desensitisation
- Emotional overwhelm
- Family problems
- Hopelessness and despair
- Interpersonal conflict
- Life transitions
- Limiting beliefs
- Loss and bereavement
- Low confidence and self-esteem
- Powerlessness/ loss of influence and control
- Relationship problems
- Social exclusion
- Social issues
- Suicidal ideation
- Unexpected life events
- Unfulfilling or unrewarding lives
Alongside my own practice, I have taught on a counselling diploma course in Brighton, teaching theory, helping trainees develop their counselling skills, and facilitating personal development groups.
I have previously worked as a counsellor with:
The Fed Centre for Independent Living, working with clients affected by physical disability, mental health problems, learning disabilities, chronic health conditions, and sensory impairment.
Patched, a Brighton-based organisation supporting individuals and families affected by substance misuse.
The Foyer, an organisation providing support to young people who have lived unsettled lives.
Prior to counselling, I spent five years working in the Public Sector and Community & Voluntary Sector, supporting vulnerable adults and their families to live independently in the community.
I decided to retrain as a counsellor having experienced the benefits of therapy myself.
Qualifications and Training
Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, University of Brighton (accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
BA (Hons.), Humanities: Philosophy and Modern World Studies, University of Brighton.
Certificate in Duo Counselling, a systemic approach to counselling couples and families.
Further Continuing Professional Development training in:
- Loss and Bereavement
- Group Process Skills
- Existential Therapy
- Disability Awareness
- Working with Families Affected by Substance Misuse
- Domestic Violence Awareness
- Child Protection Awareness
Professional Membership, etc....
I'm a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
As a member of the BACP, my work is guided by our Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I'm also fully insured, and I have regular clinical supervision and ongoing training to ensure my work remains at a high standard.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free informal telephone consultation before we meet.
Our first introductory appointment is at a reduced fee of £30.
This session gives us an opportunity to explore what you’re looking for, how I can help you, and how we can work together to get you where you want to be.
Ongoing appointments are £50 per session.
Before meeting, I suggest speaking to you both, individually, before we meet.
Our first introductory appointment is at a reduced fee of £40.
This session gives us an opportunity to explore what you each want from the sessions, how I can help you both, and how we can all work together to get you where you both want to be.
Ongoing appointments are £75 per session.
I keep a number of time-limited concessionary spaces available at a discounted fee of £30 per session. I have no concessionary spaces available at present, but do check back as this could change at any time.
All sessions are 50 minutes in duration.
As is customary, I have a cancellation policy where a fee is applied for unscheduled cancellations.
Alongside counselling, I have an active interest in the therapeutic benefits of education and the educational benefits of therapy.
To this end, I am developing an agency-oriented account of wellbeing, grounded in neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, psychology, social science, continental philosophy, virtue ethics, and the capabilities approach to human development that is the basis of a soon-to-be published book, podcast, and personal development programme.