Richard Bracegirdle

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Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11
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About me

I am a person-centred counsellor with 28 years post qualification experience and a qualified supervisor of counsellors.

What does person-centred mean? For me it means that I will do my upmost to offer you profound, genuine empathic understanding, combined with warmth, acceptance and deep respect. It means not taking your trust for granted, but earning it by being sensitive, consistent, reliable and relating to you with ethical integrity. I will resist diagnosing and labeling you, or telling you how to run your life, as I regard you to be the best expert on how you're feeling.

Together we can explore whatever may be troubling you in such a way that you gain self awareness, feel freer in expressing yourself and continue the journey of becoming the person you would like to be. I have many years experience working with a range of issues, but always stay true to working with you as a person, not a problem. If person-centred therapy is not for you I am more than happy to discuss your needs and refer you to an appropriate colleague. My practice is flexible and I am able to offer a limited number of Saturday and evening appointments.

As well as offering counselling and supervision, I also have many years experience teaching and training counselling and counselling skills and lecture in counselling and psychotherapy at a north west university. I have designed and developed bespoke training workshops for a diverse range of helping professionals. As a member of BACP I am bound by its ethical framework and complaints procedures.

Training, qualifications & experience

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Diploma in Counselling (1996: BACP accredited course)
Advanced Person-Centred Practice Development (2000)
Diploma in Casework Supervision (2003)
MA Counselling (2008)
Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling (2016)

28 years post-qualification counselling experience
21 years experience supervising counsellors
25 years teaching and training experience

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Existential angst and meaning of life


£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40 per one hour session/concessions available dependent on circumstances.

When I work

Evening and weekend appointments possible

Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms



In person

I qualified as a supervisor in 2003 and offer warm, restorative, supportive and challenging supervision grounded in the core conditions of empathy, genuineness and acceptance.

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