Hello, I am Richard, a person-centred counsellor.
Briefly, person-centred counselling is a non-directive and non-judgemental approach to help you talk about or simply try to verbalise what is going on; it could be a nagging feeling, a worry, a traumatic event, a crisis at home, some bad news or whatever that does not feel right.
You may want a change in your life, or simply to come to terms with something.
You don't have to do this alone.
For more information about person-centred counselling/therapy, click on this link:
There are no such things as "small" issues or problems of little importance. If they are at the forefront of your mind and if they start causing you anxiety or other intense emotions, then therapy may be the right step in addressing that without fear of being judged, prejudiced against or labelled.
It can be a short-term or long-term course of therapy, which you can decide upon at any point in time.
Note on my personal journey:
I turned to counselling a few times: in my early twenties when I came out as a gay man to my family, when I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 23 and at other times when I wanted to make some changes but did not know how to make them happen because I felt powerless and lost.
I trained a few years ago because I felt ready to have an even better understanding of myself. Now I am an experienced counsellor but underneath my training and experience, I am a human being who understands how some events can flip life upside down.
I welcome anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, background, orientation... How do I do that? Counselling is a process for me too. I never stop exploring my inner world and I never stop challenging my own perceptions and prejudices.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained and qualified at LC&CTA (Lewisham Counselling and Counsellor Training Associates) in London. There, I obtained the Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills, the CPCAB-accredited Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies and the BACP-accredited Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling with distinction. I was also presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award 2018 for outstanding research in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
I now work in private practice. I work in English, and I also speak French.
I have been working online as a counsellor for London Friend, an LGBTQ+ charity based in London, since the beginning of the pandemic. Prior to that, I was a volunteer counsellor with them for nearly 3 years. I also facilitated groups for gay and bisexual men, developed a creative writing group to help process traumatic experiences through writing, and worked as a key worker for Antidote, a drug and alcohol support service, as part of London Friend.
In my private practice and with London Friend, I work with clients who are experiencing a wide range of emotions: depression, anxiety, stress, and anger. However, I've only selected a few and they may not be your emotions and that is ok. My clients may also talk about intimacy, sex, relationships, loss, grieving, self-harm, abuse, bullying, coming out, gender, addiction, HIV, self-image, and again I could go on. There is no such thing as an exhaustive "list". In other words, they talk about whatever life is throwing at them.
It is ok to talk about whatever life is throwing at you.
Sometimes, you may get a sense but it is not clear and that is also ok. Therapy can be the place for you to drop your heavy bags, empty their contents and sift through them at your own pace.
A little bit about my training:
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP https://www.bacp.co.uk) and I adhere to the BACP’s professional code of ethics.
I read a lot and I am still curious to learn more about counselling, and most importantly about what it means to be human.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have years of experience working with adults of all ages (above 18) in a wide range of issues that include stress, depression, abuse, anxiety, relationship issues, gender and sexuality, bereavement, abandonment, self-harm and self-Injury, family conflict, life transitions, racial identity, suicidal ideation, low self-worth and low self-confidence.
I offer an LGBTQ+ inclusive space. I identify as a cis gay man.
I am aware of conflicting cultural values some clients may face.
I have worked with clients who are asylum seekers. I work with clients who have experienced abuse, discrimination and social isolation due to their sexual identity and their cultural background.
I work sensitively with difference and diversity, as a counsellor but more importantly as a human being.
I work with each client to explore, identify and develop a unique approach best suited to support them.
No matter your reasons for making first contact, I will not judge you and I will not judge what you decide to bring to therapy in your first session.
My role as a person-centred counsellor is to create a welcoming, accepting and supportive environment where you will feel less alone with what is troubling you.
You don't have to do this by yourself anymore.
Individual therapy : £55
Also have a look at my website for more information about me and the type of therapy I offer.
Sessions last 60 minutes. We meet at the same time or times each week.
My practice, which is situated in my home in a quiet street, is approximately 10 minute walk from East Dulwich train station and 15 minute walk from Peckham Rye train station. It is also within 5 minute walk of the following bus routes: 12, 37, 40, 42, 63, 78, 176, 185, 197, 343, 363, 484 and P12.
Booking your initial session.
We will arrange an initial session of 60 minutes in order to discuss what is troubling you and see if therapy can help you. We will discuss the way in which we might work together.
The fee for the initial session is £55 as this is also a therapy session.
If you would like to make an appointment for an initial session, please contact me by telephone or email. I will respond promptly and in the strictest confidence. I will also give you my full address prior to our first appointment.
Whatever you decide to do, I wish you well.