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About me

How I can help

I understand that knowing where to turn in times of distress is not always easy. I help people with a range of issues and from a wide variety of backgrounds – they each share one thing in common – they believe, like you, that life can be better.  Based in a quiet and private consulting room in the centre of Kendal, I offer a safe and caring environment in which we can work together to help make your life better.

The care I offer is backed up by a range of skills and experience. In addition to my private practice I provide therapy for a domestic abuse charity in Cumbria and work with young people in a local secondary school.  In addition to my professional training I have also completed a masters degree.  This range of perspectives enables me to respond compassionately and effectively to your needs.  

Please have a look at my website for more information and for further details on my experience and the help I can offer.

And, if you think I can help, please contact me to find out more.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA Psychotherapy and Counselling, Faculty of Medicine and Healthcare, University of Leeds

PG Certificate - Counselling Skills, University of York St. John

As part of my continuing professional development I have carried out additional accredited training courses relating to suicide and suicidal ideation, trauma, somatisation and dissociation.

Since 2013 I have worked in community mental health, university and schools counselling services and I have related experience of advocacy work with vulnerable adults living in social care and secure mental health settings.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

These are just some of the issues I can help people with, and of course it may be the case that you do not know what the root of the problem is.  You might just have lost sight of who you are and want to regain a sense of your own identity and wellbeing.  In all these situations the counselling and psychotherapy I offer can help.

Therapies offered


Additional information

My standard consultation fee is £45.00 for a 50 minute session.


I currently offer both daytime and evening appointments and am available to work online or by telephone.

Kentdale Therapy
Stramongate House
53 Stramongate

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Richard Houlden

Richard Houlden