Richard Carroll

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M.A, BSc, MBACP Accd Counsellor/Psychotherapist & Supervisor
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Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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, gender, 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 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 20 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 (Frequently related to not living authentically)

Depression (Often connected to not feeling good enough)
Transgender / gender diversity

Sexuality/coming out
Relationship issues
Relationship difficulties
Transvestism (Not a helpful term!)

Support discovering (re-creating) oneself
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.

Couples Counselling

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.)

Counselling Young People

I have many years experience as a short-term solution focused counsellor, in the past I worked as a senior counsellor in a sixth form college with experience of the following 'adolescent' issues -

Social isolation
Family problems at home / Divorce or parental separation
Friendship issues (especially related to social media)
'First love' breakup
Exam stress
Anxiety over the future
Feelings of not fitting in
Trouble with individuating (creating their own identity as an independant person separate from their parents)
Eating disorders
Gender confusion
Self harm/self injury
Feelings of being lost with no future

Child Counselling

I established a counselling service in a primary school, once established, I spent a year as a play therapist supporting children between 4 and 7 years old.

NHS Counsellor

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.


As seen below, I am qualified to work with adults, children, young people and couples; face to face or online.

M.A Counselling Children and Young People.
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People.

Counselling Online Diploma - I provide sessions by Zoom, email, IM and phone
BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling.
Diploma in Counselling.

Certificate in Couples Counselling Level 2.
Couples in Conflict.
Introduction to Counselling Couples.

Professional memberships

In addition to being Senior Accredited by the BACP; I am a member of ACTO, Association for Counselling and Therapy Online. I abide by their code of conduct and I comply with their practice standards.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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

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.


£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individual, Young Person or Child - £60.00 per session
Couple £85.00 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.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

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.

Further information

Easily accessible from - Farnborough, Frimley, Frimley Green, Mytchett, Blackwater, Hawley, Camberley.

I am located in Farnborough very close to the Blackwater Retail Park (Known locally as Farnborough Gate 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, I wrote and lecture on a BSc (Hons) in Counselling. I have taught counselling, at various different levels since 2008. I frequently guest lecture and run personal development/therapy groups. If you are interested in knowing more about my role as an academic writer or lecturer, please ask.

Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In person

Supervision - 'A space to breathe' I have experience supervising both trainee and fully qualified counsellors.

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