Richard Bastille

MA, BA Hons, MBACP Outdoor, Self-Harm, Expressive Arts
Kendal, Cumbria, LA8
07920 262 926 07920 262 926

About me

As a Person-Centred Therapist my belief is that you are the key to change and the difference that you wish to make comes from within. Sometimes we need a travelling companion to walk beside us on our journey of exploration and discovery. I will support and accompany you as you work through those issues and challenges that may be causing distress, unease and discomfort.

I offer you a welcoming, friendly, safe and private space that is empathic, honest and free from judgement. I offer you a relationship based in mutual respect, where you can be properly heard, where you feel held, supported and cared for. A relationship that works at your pace and where your needs are paramount. This creates an environment where it is possible for you to be with and touch those feelings, emotions and experiences no matter how difficult. Together we will view your world and your experiences as you see and feel them. In doing so we will create opportunities for greater depth in your understanding and awareness of what is going on for you and create the capacity for you to see your personal history from alternative perspectives.
As you develop this greater sense of self the relationship offered enables us to explore possible choices, solutions and decisions that will help you to overcome those obstacles and challenges and move towards the person you wish to be.

Services Offered

I work with both adults and young people and offer a variety of ways to engage with counselling including: Face- Face (Including expressive art therapy), Outdoor Walk & Talk Nature Therapy and Online (Video, Email, Instant Messaging and Audio / Telephone). 

I offer a free initial consultation with no obligation. Concessionary rates and block bookings are available. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered Member MBACP

  • MA Counselling & Psychotherapy 2018, University of Cumbria.
  • OCST 1 Online Counselling Skills Diploma 2021.
  • Level One Certificate Person-Centred Expressive Arts Therapy 2019
  • BA Hons Youth and Community Development Work 2010, University of Cumbria.

Since 2015 I have been working as a therapist both in private practice and for charitable organisations. I have over 25 years of experience working with and alongside people from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures and abilities in a diverse array of supportive and developmental roles. In particular I specialise in working with young people, self-harm and eating disorders.

Member organisations


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).

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Additional information

  • Face - Face £45 1hr 
  • Outdoor Walk & Talk £55 1.5hr
  • Online £45 1 hr
  • Concessions and block booking available


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Online platforms