Richard Geddis MSc BPC MBACP (Accred) RN
My practice provides a secure, private and therapeutic space where difficulties can be examined, understood and worked through. New perspectives and ways of thinking are discovered which usually bring with them lasting change. Psychodynamic thinking understands links between the past and the present, and how our experiences today are influenced by our experiences in the past.
It is often the case that the difficulties that lead an individual to seek counselling / psychotherapy are driven by issues that they are not consciously aware of. By increasing our awareness of what might be happening for us, and what might actually be creating our problems, we can begin to identify new ways of relating and new ways of living in the world.
People seeking psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy usually have a natural curiosity about what is happening for them, and a desire to understand and make sense of their symptoms, difficulties, experiences and behaviours. It is also the case that individuals seeking therapy are usually aware of a psychological or emotional element to their problems and this in itself is often an important factor in their motivation to change.
I have rooms in Cambridge and Potton, but am also able to work online using a secure video conferencing platform. Telephone sessions are also available.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed an MSc training in psychodynamic counselling & psychotherapy, and I work with individuals and couples to provide one-off exploratory consultations, short / long-term or open-ended therapy. I am also a supervisor of counsellors, psychotherapists and other healthcare, social work and emergency service professionals.
My clinical training was within the National Health Service where I have worked for many years as a counsellor & psychotherapist. NHS practice provides a broad, wide-ranging experience at the front line of emotional, mental and physical health which I draw on in private practice, and also provides my private clients with the knowledge that my practice is up to date, professional, ethical, and efficient. I have worked within the NHS and wider private healthcare setting in various roles since 1994 when I initially trained as a Registered Nurse.
Alongside my NHS roles, I also work in the HE sector at the University of Cambridge offering counselling, psychotherapy, group work, training and clinical supervision.
I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and am also a Registered and Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). My clinical work is supervised by experienced senior psychotherapists meeting BPC and BACP requirements.
Alongside my NHS, university, and private practice, I also have experience of working as a counsellor and supervisor at charities such as Cogwheel, London Friend, London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard and The Samaritans.
My organisational experience is within the private, public & third sector and I have worked for many years in consultancy, recruitment & selection, management, leadership & coaching roles within corporate organisations. I provide coaching, mentoring, reflective practice & supervision opportunities to individuals looking to develop within their workplace & careers.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- 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
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Affairs and betrayals
Chronic / life-threatening illness
Emotional experience of learning and teaching
This one-off consultation lasts for an hour and provides a space where we can think together about your difficulties, explore what might be happening, and also consider next steps. It is sometimes the case that this experience is in itself enough for you at this time and that is OK. We may decide together to embark on a period of therapy and can explore what this might look like.
It could be that you are thinking about counselling or psychotherapy for the first time, wish to consider a different therapist / therapy to the one you have experienced before, or that you need a space to explore other options you have available to you. These consultations provide a secure, confidential and effective space to really consider what is happening, are usually relieving in themselves, and are an opportunity for a more objective perspective on your current problems and what might be helpful in the future.
Counselling & Psychotherapy
I work with individuals & couples either once or twice weekly for short or longer term / open-ended therapy. Each session lasts for fifty minutes. We agree together key aspects of the therapy such as timings, frequency and fees before the work commences and usually during an initial session.
Fees for individual counselling and psychotherapy are negotiable and will be agreed before commencing the work.
I am able to take cash, card & bank transfer payments.
Please feel free to contact me with any specific questions or queries about my work.
I am able to offer appointments using a secure online video conferencing platform or by telephone.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please email me to discuss a time to meet online or by telephone. I am able to offer daytime and evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I provide one to one and group based supervision to counselling & psychotherapy professionals and whilst trained psychodynamically I am able to work with different orientations from a relational perspective.