Hello, my name is Richard and I am a Integrative Counsellor working within a Psychodynamic and Person Centred framework.
Before working as a therapist I qualified in design and I have lived and worked in London since 1991.
We all go though times in our lives when it feels tougher than normal or we've experienced one setback after another; and it's at these times that it can help to have someone to talk to. Many people come to therapy at a point in their lives when they feel aimless, stuck or completely lost.
Personal growth is about understanding ourselves and the events that have shaped our lives, which in turn influence the decisions we make; affecting relationships, work, family life and friendships. I believe that therapy is a unique and extremely personal journey that can help to identify present thoughts or feelings. When we start to look at ourselves and understand our problems it can be an uplifting and inspirational experience but we can also feel that we are very alone in the journey.
How I work
I offer a safe, supportive and professional space where there is the freedom to discuss personal issues without being judged. The emphasis on the work will be to explore and untangle those issues that can often seem too complicated or overwhelming to deal with.
As a practitioner I am interested in your past experiences and how they may be affecting your life and relationships today. My role is to support and guide you as you explore how you have developed and we can look at how you can make changes so that as you move forward you do so as the best version of yourself.
I have eight years experience working as a Counsellor within the NHS mental health sector and charitable counselling organisations.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and can be found on the BACP website for professionally registered therapists. I work with adults with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self esteem, identity issues, anger and bereavement; for short or long term counselling.
The goals we will work towards will be discussed and agreed at the start with the aim of understanding and empowering you to enhance your life.
It can be difficult to find the time to engage with the therapeutic process and even planning the first contact can bring anxiety issues to the surface, however it might be the start of seeing some change in your life.
I offer an initial consultation to discuss the things on your mind and see how we might work together as well as giving you an idea how I work.
If you have any questions, please feel that you can call me to discuss how I can help you, alternatively email me using the 'Email Me' button above.
Training, qualifications & experience
My interest in therapy started when I volunteered with the Terrence Higgins Trust working on their National Helpline, which gave me the chance to experience how a 'helping' relationship offered genuine support to the people that called in. I became a Trainer for their THT Direct Helpline helping to educate new volunteers the helping skills and emotional support skills necessary for the helpline.
Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling
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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
Assessments are free and they offer the opportunity to discuss what you feel you need help with and how we might work together.
One-to-one sessions are £50 per 50 minutes. We can discuss how long we work together at your assessment session.
I offer a few limited spaces at a reduced fee for those on low incomes and benefits but these are taken very quickly so I can't always offer them.
I'm available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays