Richard Askew

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PGDip, MBACP | Personal Therapy and Couples Counselling
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Hove BN3 & Brighton BN2
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello,  I’m Richard.  I'm an empathic, compassionate, and supportive therapist with over a decade's experience helping women and men overcome issues related to depression, anxiety, abuse, interpersonal trauma, and relationship problems.  We all need to be seen, heard, and understood, and my aim as a therapist is to offer a space where you can express yourself freely.  As your counsellor, I'll help you bring about positive change and live a more rewarding and satisfying life, free of the things that have hindered and held you back.

My approach to counselling is informed by the core humanistic therapies (person-centred, gestalt, and transactional analysis), together with existential therapy, narrative therapy, systemic therapy, and Buddhist psychology.   I'm happy to talk about how I can help, so feel free to give me a call or send me an email to get things moving.

Personal therapy

Life can be challenging for any number of reasons.  We might retreat from the world into depression, live in a state of fearful anxiety, struggle with emotions that overwhelm us and self-criticism that undermines us, while our relationships suffer as much as we do.

Informed by the core humanistic therapies (person-centred, gestalt, and transactional analysis), together with existential, narrative, and systemic approaches, I can offer a safe space to explore whatever issues bring you to therapy.

Therapy focuses on three areas:

1.  Our sense of self.
2.  The quality of our relationships with other people.
3.  Our sense of place in the world.

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.  Our aim is to cultivate a greater awareness and understanding so you can then implement transformative changes in your life.

Couples counselling

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.

You’ll find more information on my website.

Getting in touch

To get things started, you can either:

--  Call me for an informal chat to discuss how we can work together, or
--  Email me and I can get us booked in for your first appointment

I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,


Training, qualifications & experience


I’ve been practicing for over a decade.  I have an established clinic in central Hove and also offer online therapy via Zoom.  During this time, I’ve helped women, men, and couples struggling with a wide range of issues and concerns.

Alongside my practice, I’ve taught on a counselling diploma course, teaching theory, helping trainees develop their counselling skills, and facilitating personal development groups.

I’ve also worked as a counsellor with a number of community based organisations serving people with disabilities, families affected by substance misuse, and young people who have lived unsettled lives.

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.

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.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Personal Therapy

The fees listed below reflect my level of training, skills, and experience

£60 in-person

£50 online

Couples Counselling

£80 in-person

£70 online

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My working hours are:

Monday to Thursday
9:30am - 8:00pm

9:30am - 5:00pm

9:30am - 1:00pm

Further information

Alongside my therapy practice, I'm writing a book that presents a multidisciplinary and multifactorial account of wellbeing, placing personal agency and transformative self-renewal at the heart of human flourishing.  

I'm also an active advocate for diversity and inclusion.  I give great thought to the social and cultural factors that lead to discrimination, marginalisation, and prejudice and 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 us distinctively different.

Hove, East Sussex, BN3

Brighton, East Sussex, BN2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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