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About me

From time to time we need some support or want the space to speak freely, without being judged or told what you should or shouldn't be doing.  

​I have always had a passion in helping others, and this has been a theme throughout my career. I always felt most comfortable spending time listening and being there for others.

​I studied psychology at Teesside University before going on to work in a variety of roles in the NHS. I learned a lot about myself during my time at Roseberry Park Hospital, helping those with mental health and learning difficulties in their daily living. For the past 5 years I have been working with a military charity, during which I completed my counselling training. Since then I have worked with a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction and relationship concerns.

​I work from a Person Centred model but also have extensive training in Compassion Focused Therapy. I offer a calm, confidential and safe space where you can talk at your own pace, exploring with curiosity whatever is on your mind.

How to get started
Reaching out can be daunting, and it can be unclear on how it works! If you would like support you can contact me via telephone, email or use the booking system on my website. We will have a chat about what it is you are looking for and if you would like to meet for a session.

During our first session, I will gather some information about your circumstances and get an understanding of how you are feeling. It is a friendly conversation that helps you understand what I can offer you, and if you think I am the right person to help you. If you're happy to continue, then you are more than welcome to book another session. We can also arrange weekly or fortnightly sessions, whatever works best for you. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc Hons in Psychology
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • FdA in Counselling
  • Compassion Focused Therapy training
  • Working with Trauma training

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


£40.00 per session

Additional information

£40 per session. This can be face to face, online or telephone counselling. Each session lasts 50 minutes.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I have some flexibility regarding appointments, so feel free to get in touch and we can see if I can accommodate your needs. 

Further information

  • Registered Member of BACP
  • Enhanced DBS Checked


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

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Richard Collins

Richard Collins