Richard Kaye

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Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Client Quote: "The personal connection and support you provided was meaningful to me, and made talking with you far easier and more natural than with previous therapists"

Client Quote: "To put it simply, Rick was an excellent counsellor, he listened to everything I had to say and always understood, and he helped me reach a point in my life where I feel better than ever."

Client Quote: "Dream work with Rick has been a game changer in my healing journey. As someone who’s been written off as “too complex” in the past, it’s been pivotal in honing in on what is affecting me in the present moment. This has helped target key areas to work on rather than the traditional approach of going in chronological order of life events. Uncovering the symbols in dreams from the unconscious mind is such a wonderful way to focus on what really matters right now. Rick is wonderful to work with, as he makes you feel accepted and safe. He provides detailed analysis of dreams, and has such a broad knowledge of different facets of psychotherapy that go hand in hand for a truly holistic approach. Dream work is, in my opinion, the piece I have been missing despite doing talk therapy, shadow work, inner child healing on my own, and Rick’s knowledge has been key to unlocking parts of myself I had forgotten or didn’t even know existed. I would highly recommend everyone do it if they can, even if they’re sceptical at first."

Supervisor Quote: "Rick, you are much better than most counsellors"

£30 to £60 per session according to your means.
First two sessions free.
No pedantic cut off point at 50 minutes, we stop each session when it's the right time to stop.
Max of 10 clients because too many clients reduces the quality of the work. 

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All my clients tell me that I am remarkably different from other counsellors or psychotherapists that they have seen. I think this is because of the intensity of my engagement, my imagination, enthusiasm and knowledge and my expertise and experience working with dreams and the unconscious, which is rare to find, and that when blended with an understanding of attachment theory and complex trauma therapy, become extremely powerful tools for psychological healing and personal growth. I also use my knowledge of the The Power, Threat, Meaning Framework (from the British Psychological Society, Clinical Division), to understand how the misuse of power in peoples lives contributes to mental and emotional distress.

I use empathy and honesty to try my best to really understand who you are and what it feels like to be you. 

This forms a basis of trust and understanding which are the foundations of our work together.

Together we can explore your past and present, your family, childhood and relationships, your dreams and your unconscious to better understand patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving, how they fit together in yourself and in others, how this can affect your life and what you can do about it

I work with the whole person, and I bring the whole of who I am to the work too. Working with me will never feel like a box ticking exercise or a meeting with a distant other who fakes engagement with technique.

My three main ways of working are Jungian Dream Work, Attachment-Based Psychotherapy and Complex Trauma Therapy and I fuse those to provide a multifaceted but coherent picture of who you are and to help you to identify, strengthen, and draw on the resources you have both consciously and unconsciously. I also use The Power, Threat, Meaning Framework developed by the clinical division of the British Psychological Society to understand how the misuse of power contributes to mental and emotional distress.

I also use ideas and techniques from person-centred counselling, mentalization-based therapy, mindfulness, cognitive therapy, existential therapy, art and play based therapy including sand play, and psychoanalysis. 

I work with all kinds of adults at all stages of life, from young adults just starting out on their journey to greater independence, to older people, nearer my own age, taking the time to heal old wounds, reclaim lost or forgotten parts of the self, release repressed energies, and find new meaning and purpose in life.

Jungian dream work is powerful and effective for a wide range of people and it is particularly suited to those in the second half of life, who have achieved what was expected of them, socially, family-wise and professionally, but nevertheless feel unfulfilled and lacking meaning and life purpose. Dreams, when skillfully interpreted in a collaborative effort between us, can identify lost parts of the self that were put aside, perhaps in childhood, perhaps later, and point the way to how they can be reclaimed. Integrating these lost parts of self is a process of discovery of deep personal meaning. By bringing these forgotten parts back from the unconscious into consciousness, you become more complete, more whole, more in control of yourself, more fulfilled and more in touch with your life's personal meaning and purpose.

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will rule your life and you will call it fate." Carl Gustav Jung

"The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind." Sigmund Freud

I work with individuals of all gender and sexuality.

I am especially happy to welcome neurodivergent people and people with physical difference and/or disability.

I have worked with many first and second-generation British people whose experience spans different cultural norms.

I also have an interest, some expertise and significant personal experience related to institutional discrimination and epistemic abuse (being silenced, excluded and having your perspective devalued, ignored or distorted), especially in social care and mental health care. I use the Power, Threat, Meaning Framework from the clinical division of the British Psychological Society to understand how the misuse of power creates and perpetuates mental distress of all kinds.

Perhaps you feel unable to be yourself with others? Feeling overwhelmed with emotions you don’t understand? Weighed down by past events? Locked into a cycle of toxic relationships? Unable to recover from an overwhelming loss? Struggling with patterns of feeling and behaviour related to childhood and family? Perhaps you are disabled, neurodivergent, on the autism spectrum and have found yourself in a world that does not seem to have been made with you in mind?  Or maybe you've achieved what you thought you were striving for in life - family, career, success - but you find yourself still searching for meaning and purpose.

My aim is to empower you to be more of who you are and to be free.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc Hons 2I 
PgDip Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Level 7)

Registered Member of the British Association on Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP).

15 years of studying including Carl Jung (Dreams, Archetypes and the Unconscious), Carl Rogers (Person Centred Therapy), Aaron Beck et. al. (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Fonegy (Mentalization), Bowlby, Ainsworth and Crittenden (Attachment) and many others.

Over 140,000 words of my own dreams, recorded, typed up and much of it analysed. This personal experience gives me an insight into the use of dreams that you can't get just from reading books (although I've got every book worth reading about dreams and dream therapy). I am currently developing a series of courses on dream interpretation, coming in late 2024.

I have personal experience of neurodivergence, I have been an unpaid full-time carer to a vulnerable adult who has mild autism and mild learning difficulties, and I have my own undiagnosed ADHD and complex trauma. I love difference, I thrive and do my best work with difference.

As my supervisor's supervisor once said, "It's always in the childhood", I don't know her name, all I know is she's Norwegian; I simply call her, 'Gandalf'.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered


£30.00 - £60.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Initial 30-60 minute phone call: £0

Face-To-Face - I am not currently taking on face-to-face clients, do not let this put you off, mediocre therapists are mediocre whatever medium they use,and I am anything but mediocre.
Zoom or Telephone Sessions: £30-£60 per session (new clients welcome now)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I restrict myself to no more than 3 clients a day and no more than 10 active clients at any one time in order to maintain a high standard of work. 

Further information

Attachment Theory and Complex Trauma
Childhood and its affects on adult personality.

Jungian Depth Psychology, Psychodynamic Analysis and Dream Work
Inner personality dynamics and the unconscious.

Difference, Discrimination and the Misuse of Power
Neurodivergency and the Power, Threat, Meaning Framework

Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19

Type of session


Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Richard Kaye
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