Richard Askew, PGDip, MBACP | Personal Therapy and Couples Counselling
Hello. I’m Richard - thanks for stopping by.
I’ve been practising as an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor for over 10 years, specialising in issues related to depression, anxiety and relationship problems. In this time, I’ve been able to help women, men and couples of all ages and backgrounds to live more fulfilling lives. And here’s how I can help you.
I know, as well as you, that life can sometimes be challenging. For any number of reasons, we retreat from the world into depression, we live in an anxious state of fear, we struggle with emotions that overwhelm us and self-criticism that undermines us, and our relationships suffer as much as we do. And at some stage, we decide - enough is enough.
Counselling can help us bring about change, 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.
To get started, call me for a free informal telephone consultation to discuss how we can work together.
How I work
I’ll offer you a safe and nurturing space to explore whatever brings you to therapy and help you heal and grow. When it comes to what you want and what you need - no-one knows better than you. That’s why you’re at the heart of what we do. Rather than telling you what you should do, what you should think, or how you should act, my role is to help you find your own way. You set the pace and I’ll be right alongside you, wherever the work leads us.
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 and experience of everyday life
- 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 - or indeed problematic inaction. And at the heart of everything is you and your experience of life.
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 deep 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.
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.
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 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
The truth is that 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
- Belonging (or not belonging)
- Chronic illness and Disability
- Cultural issues
- Depression and Overwhelming Sadness
- Difficulty connecting and maintaining relationships
- 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 and loss of influence and control
- Social issues
- 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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 £45 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 eachwant from the sessions, how I can help you both, and how we can all work together to get you where you bothwant to be.
Ongoing appointments are £70 per session.
I have a number of time-limited concessionary spaces available at a discounted fee of £30 per session.
At present I have 0 concessionary spaces available, 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 current research findings from neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, psychology, social science, continental philosophy, virtue ethics, and the capabilities approach to human development, which will form the basis of a book and therapeutic learning programme.
You can find articles and resources on my personal development platform http://www.actualize.org.uk/thequestion/
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My working hours, subject to availability, are: Monday to Thursday 10:00 - 20:00 Friday 10:00 - 17:00 Saturday 10:00 - 14:00 I can be flexible - just get in touch and we’ll find a way.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|