Richard Leishman, MA, BSC (Hons) Psych, MBACP

Richard Leishman, MA, BSC (Hons) Psych, MBACP


07968 736 480

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07968 736 480

About me

** Please note that my client case load is currently full and I am not accepting new clients at present **

Qualified to Master's Degree level in Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am experienced in delivering both short and longer term counselling support, across a wide range of issues, including anxiety and phobias, relationship difficulties, abuse and trauma, self-esteem and self confidence issues, depression, bereavement and grieving, and substance and alcohol dependence.

I strongly believe that there is not a "one size fits all" approach to therapy, as we are all unique and have our own particular blend of experiences and qualities, and a key aim for me is to really understand what has impacted upon you, your life and your relationships. I believe that a very important consideration when choosing a therapist is finding someone you feel comfortable with, and who you feel you can relate to. So I am very happy to answer any questions you may have, without obligation, to help you decide if I might be the right therapist for you.

Please do also visit my website - - by clicking the link above, where I offer much more information on how I work, what I offer, and you can see a picture of my home studio where we would meet for our counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications are as follows:

  • Masters Degree (MA) in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Pass with Merit)

  • BSC Honours Degree in Psychology - 1st class.

  • NCFE Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory Level 1
  • NCFE Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory Level 2
  • NCFE Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory Level 3

I have a depth of counselling and psychology qualifications, including an honours degree in psychology and a masters degree in counselling and psychotherapy, and have worked as a therapist with both Petersfield Counselling Service, based in Petersfield Hospital, as well the Southern Addictions Advisory Service (SADAS - now renamed as Catalyst), based in both Guildford and Haslemere. I have also run my own private practice for over five years now. This allows me to bring a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding to my work supporting you.

I work with adults who both seek me out themselves, or who may have been referred by their GP and I deliver both shorter term, time-limited counselling as well as longer term support. I am experienced working with a range of issues, especially anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, abuse and trauma. I also have additional specialist training and several years experience of working as a therapist with addiction and substance / alcohol dependence, and those family members affected by these issues.

My integrative practice differentiates me from other therapists only trained in one theoretical model, as my wider theoretical understanding and experience means I can tailor our work together so that we can most appropriately tackle the specific difficulties you may be struggling with.

I have a separate section on my website - called My Integrative Approach - which offers a more detailed overview of how we might work together, a photograph of my counselling studio, and an explanation of how emotional difficulties can develop. The link for my website can be found above.

I am a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical standards of practice. The BACP register of counsellors and psychotherapists on which I am included is accredited with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. I am fully insured.

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Accredited register membership


All sessions are charged at £60.

Maps & Directions

Haslemere, GU27

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday to Friday 1030-1930

Types of client

Older adults