Richard Carroll - M.A, BSc, MBACP Accred Counsellor/Psychotherapist & Supervisor
My philosophy - 'You're in safe hands'
When you are struggling, hurting, overwhelmed, in despair or perhaps fearful then life maybe difficult. You may not wish to turn to family or friends, therefore counselling could be another option.
You need to know that your counsellor is trustworthy, supportive, professional and empathic.
Pease be reassured that I am trustworthy, supportive, professional and empathic together with providing the much needed, and often absent, hope. I believe in people being able to change and that together, we can move towards you making positive and lasting changes that will enhance your life.
Over the years of seeing many people of different ages, races, sexual orientations and diverse cultural backgrounds; experience has taught me 'one size does not fit all' so I tailor my approach to meet your individual needs. That said, to help you decide whether I am the right counsellor for you, I have briefly summarised my approach below –
- I rarely engage with mechanical techniques. Rather, I take the time to deeply listen, offering you the space to reflect honestly without conditions, expectations or judgement.
- My aim is for you to develop an understanding of your emotions/feelings; this understanding and awareness can support you making changes towards a more satisfying life.
- My approach encourages self-acceptance, self-assurance and self-confidence - essential for feeling better about yourself and your life.
- I foster a relationship of care, support and encouragement - like a nurturing parent, I want the best for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
If you scroll down, you will see a tick list of issues I work with. I felt it important to give more background, which I have described immediately below.
Private Counselling Practice
For over 10 years I have managed a busy private counselling practice.
I am qualified and experienced in counselling adults, young people, children and couples, and have worked with the following issues -
Feeling lost, with no direction
Anxiety over living authentically
Depression over not feeling good enough
Transgender / gender confusion
Transvestism (Not a helpful term!)
Support discovering (re-creating) oneself following coming out
Feelings of violence, anger and/or rage
Illness/fears over illness (real or perceived)
Complexity around sexuality and culture, religion, family, workplace and lifestyle
Working with the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) community.
In my private practice, I work flexibly with a couples counselling programme, which includes -
1. Enhancing communication (Especially communicating feelings in a healthy way.)
2 Reconnecting to one another
3. Reintroducing love & adopting more loving behaviour
4. Identifying and addressing influences (negative and positive) on the relationship
5. Reducing unhelpful 'ideals' around how a partner 'should' behave
6. Introducing and exploring the concept of 'love languages'
7. Clearing past experiences that are interacting with relating now
8. Exploring and resolving sexual issues/dissatisfaction
9. Addressing vulnerability
Sometimes, couples see me for support to separate respectfully, with dignity and grace.
I specialise, but not exclusively see same sex couples. (I am experienced and qualified to work with all couples.)
Sixth Form College, Farnborough
For eight years I worked as a senior counsellor in a sixth form college and covered the following 'adolescent' issues -
Family problems at home / Divorce or parental separation
Friendship issues (especially related to social media)
'First love' breakup
Anxiety over the future
Feelings of not fitting in
Trouble with individuating (creating their own identity as an independant person separate from their parents)
Self harm/self injury
Feelings of being lost with no future
Positive Action (HIV and AIDS Charity).
In early 2000 I volunteered for Positive Action (an HIV and AIDS charity). I was struck by the level of suffering and felt compelled to do more.
I spent five years counselling anyone infected/affected by HIV and AIDS. I gained experience of supporting people facing a life changing illness, fears from/with the disease and prejudice from wider society.
Phoenix Addictions Counselling Service
I counselled adults and young people with all types of addiction/compulsive behaviour. I have experience working with: drug addiction; alcohol addiction; sex addiction; food/eating addiction/compulsions; spending addiction/compulsions; gambling addiction and pornography addiction.
Omni Outreach (Surrey Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service)
I changed the counselling room for 'the streets'; working with young people (11-19) struggling with class A drug addiction and/or problematic alcohol use.
Most of the young people I worked with had undiagnosed mental health conditions and frequently exhibited high risk behaviour. I worked to reduce their risk and assist them in creating a more fulfilling substance free life.
Magnolia House Surgery
I spent 2 years working as a counsellor in primary health care at a GP surgery. In response to NHS expectations I worked short-term in a solution focused way with mild to moderate mental health issues. Typically, these included anxiety, depression and low mood.
Manor Infant School
I established a counselling service in the school, which meant ensuring all the policies and procedures
associated with counselling children were in place. Once established, I spent a year as a play therapist supporting children between 4 and 7 years old.
As seen below, I am qualified to work with adults, children, young people and couples.
M.A Counselling Children and Young People.
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People.
BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling.
Diploma in Counselling.
Certificate in Couples Counselling Level 2.
Couples in Conflict.
Introduction to Counselling Couples.
In addition to being accredited by the BACP; I am a general member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT). I abide by their code of conduct and I comply with their practice standards.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Work related issues - relationship difficulties with manager, relationship difficulties with staff members and/or employees. Dissatisfaction and disillusionment with job or career, disciplinary procedures and other HR hearings. Promotion/workload problems. Retirement.
Family issues - changes to family constellations, changes to role/s in family, blended/step family issues, new child, divorce or separation, empty nesting, family breakdowns, fear around family breakdown.
Change and Transitions - moving home/area, employment changes, relationship changes, financial changes, role changes, coming out.
Adjustments - Recovery from illness/operation, lifestyle changes, mobility changes.
Loss - loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, loss of identity, loss of libido, loss of attraction to your partner, loss of a limb/body part, loss of established role, loss of purpose, loss of meaning in life, loss of independence, loss of self, loss of focus.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
Individual, Young Person or Child - £45.00 per session
Couple £60.00 per session.
I generally work for the standard 50 minute session; although if we feel longer is necessary, we can discuss this further and agree a fee. The first session tends to be slightly longer, as we need to discuss some key points about how we will work together; there is no additional charge for this.
Easily accessible from - Farnborough, Frimley, Frimley Green, Mytchett, Blackwater, Hawley, Camberley.
I am located in Farnborough very close to the Farnborough Gate retail park (Now known as Blackwater Retail Park.), close to the M3 and A331. I am between three train stations, Frimley, Farnborough North and Farnborough Main; there are plenty of bus stops too.
I have a quiet and private therapy room up a flight of stairs, so I apologise, wheelchair access is not possible.
I am a qualified teacher and lecture on a B.A (Hons) in Counselling together with teaching other levels of counselling training. I frequently guest lecture and run personal development/therapy groups. If you are interested in group therapy, please ask.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have a range of weekday appointment times, some during the day and some in the evening - it's best to call me; I am sure we can arrange something convenient to you.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Supervision - 'A space to breathe'.