Richard Leigh MBACP (Reg.and Accredited)

Richard Leigh MBACP (Reg.and Accredited)

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About me

I am a qualified counsellor, registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and a clinical supervisor with over 19 years of experience working with adults, young people and teenagers. I have worked as a counsellor in a Secondary School, Further Education and Higher Education. (For more information on my experience counselling young people, please see below).

My private practice in Hitchin, Hertfordshire has been running for eleven years and I have successfully helped adults and young people from a wide range of cultural, religious and professional backgrounds. My counselling method is based on the Person-Centred Therapy approach.

My aim is to enable clients to find their own inner resources for resolving personal problems.  I will help individuals to identify underlying causes to mental health concerns and find more effective ways of coping. The outcomes you can expect may include a greater ability to handle life’s challenges, improved emotional wellbeing, manage change, build resilience and create a more fulfilling way of living.

Please see below for an outline of how I work, based on the philosophy of the Person-Centred Counselling approach.

You can expect three core therapeutic values from me:

Empathy – I will sense what it is like to be in your shoes and communicate this back; this in turn will help you to understand yourself better; unconditional acceptance – you will not be judged whatever the circumstances, I accept you just as you are; this in turn will help you to become more self-accepting; thirdly, genuineness – I will simply be myself throughout the sessions, not detached, but authentic and trustworthy; and this in turn will encourage you to be more real, up-front and honest with yourself.

The non-judgmental space I provide is an opportunity for you to reflect on past and/or present experiences, negative thoughts, painful or overwhelming feelings and to explore the impact this might be having on your life, relationships, work, education, etc.

I also incorporate mindfulness and CBT approach which have successfully helped adults to manage negative thoughts, compulsive self-criticism, low mood/depression and anxiety.

I offer short-term (6-12 sessions) or long - term counselling.

Please read below for my experience of working with teenagers and young people.

I created and managed a youth counselling service based at the young people’s charity Alone in London (latterly Depaul UK-Alone in London) from 2011-2017. My team and I successfully helped hundreds of young people to cope with mental health and behavioural problems in inner-London boroughs. I built and maintained successful partnerships with Secondary Schools, CAMHS, Social Services, Family Support Services and GPs. I reached out to 12 to 25-year olds from a variety of backgrounds including homelessness, leaving care and youth offending. I have 8 years as a counsellor in Secondary education. I am currently a counsellor at Stevenage Education Support Centre.

Education Sector

I provided counselling at the following education establishments:

  • Stevenage Education Support Centre (2019-)
  • The Priory School, Hitchin (2018)
  • Institute for Contemporary Music Performance (2014-2015, 2017-)
  • Highbury Grove School (2013-2017)
  • London College of Beauty Therapy (2012-2014)
  • Newham Sixth Form College (2012)

Youth & Community Sector

I provided counselling at the following London youth centres (2003-2017).

  • Lift Youth Hub
  • Platform Youth Hub
  • Independent Futures (Islington Leaving Care Service)
  • Elizabeth House
  • YOI in HMPS Pentonville
  • YOI in HMPS Holloway
  • North London YMCA
  • Space Kensington and Chelsea

Private Practice (2006-present)

I continue to work with young people as part of my private practice receiving referrals from GPs, and parents.

As a registered and accredited member of the BACP, I work within their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

I carry professional liability insurance and Enhanced DBS status.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications

  • 2019 Post-Graduate Certificate in Children and Young People IAPT (Kings College, London)
  • 2011 Diploma in Clinical Supervision (CPPD, London)
  • 2005-present BACP Accreditation (includes 30 hours of CPD per year)
  • 1996-2000 Professional Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (SPTI, Nottingham)
  • 1992-1993 Certificate in Counselling Skills (University of Leicester)

Training courses attended between 2001 and present:

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy for Depression (Grayrock, 2017)
  • ETHOS Clinical Trial Training (Metanoia, 2016-2017)
  • Sleep Health – Advanced Therapeutic Techniques (nscience, 2016)
  • Seminar on Young Women and Gangs (Abianda, 2016)
  • Assessment of Developmental Stages (nscience, 2016)
  • Time-limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Adolescents and Young Adults (TAPP) (nscience, 2015)
  • Key Developmental Milestones in Adolescence (Camden Safeguarding Children’s Board, 2013)
  • Attachment Theory (Youth Access, 2012)
  • Outcome Measurement in Youth Counselling (Youth Access, 2012)
  • Teaching Clients Mindfulness (Grayrock, 2011)
  • Introduction to Play Therapy (PTUK, 2011)
  • Working with Art Therapeutically (City Lit, 2007)
  • CBT (Primary Certificate) (Centre for Stress Management, 2006)
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (Brief Therapy Centre, 2003)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Attendance issues/truancy, absenteeism, bullying and cyberbullying, burn-out, exam-related stress, insomnia/sleep health, loneliness, low mood, negative or intrusive thoughts, over-thinking and worry, poor academic performance, poor concentration, procrastination, perfectionism, school stress and academic pressure, substance misuse.

I also incorporate mindfulness and CBT tools which have successfully helped adults to manage negative thoughts, compulsive self-criticism, low mood/depression and anxiety.

Photos & videos

  • The plaque by my front door.
  • My Diploma Certificate.
  • My Counselling Room.
  • My Counselling Room.


Counselling: face to face, or telephone - £50 (50 minute session).

I am also a registered provider with health insurers Aviva, and Bupa, please find me on their practitioner finder directory via URL

Clinical Supervision: face to face, telephone or via Skype - £45 (1 hour); £65 (90 mins).

Further information

Supporting staff members with supervision or counselling

I am also available to offer a reflective practice or supervision to teaching staff, social workers or youth workers to aid them to be more effective in their role, or counselling support help resolve any personal issues that’s encroaching on their professional lives, to help them to manage work-related stress, to mitigate burn-out, or to help them to return to work following a period of convalescence/absenteeism.

Maps & Directions

Hitchin, SG4

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Mon-Thurs 8am-8pm; Fri 8am-5pm.

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

My Clinical Supervision Practice.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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