Richard Marsh, MBACP, DipCouns, Individuals and Couples
Hello, my name is Richard and I qualified as a Counsellor back in 1995.
I think the best thing I can say to explain how I work and why counselling is helpful is to simply say that it's really good to talk to someone who's a little removed from your life and your situation and is on your side, wanting you to feel better about yourself and life.
We can of course talk to friends and sometimes family and partners too but they're not trained to help and working with a professional means you don't need to feel like you're offloading your problems onto them. It's also helpful to know that as I (and other counsellors) have worked with many different people and different problems that we've often got some experience of helping people with similar kinds of difficulties already. That means of course that you don't need to feel embarrassed or ashamed at how you're coping with things because it's normal in our world to work with people who are struggling. Moreover, we often have our own counselling too and have had to work with our own stuff so we understand what it's like to be in 'your chair'.
Below you can find details of some more of the things I've worked with and some of the training I've had to give you more information. In particular though, I'd like to say that one of the things I feel is important is that I work at your pace and I don't have a fixed agenda. I'd also like to say that I aim to help people feel as comfortable as possible too because if someone doesn't feel comfortable with their counsellor then the counselling doesn't work as well. I've also had a lot of experience working with both individuals and couples.
Please feel free to email me with any questions you have or to book an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (1995) and have spent time since qualifying to bring in lots of other techniques too, such as Transactional Analysis and Gestalt as well as some Psychodynamic theory.
This just means that I can find different ways of approaching things when people feel stuck.
Some of the areas I am experienced in working with include:
- Relationship problems (individuals and couples)
- Career counselling and work related issues
- Loss, grief and bereavement
- Separation and divorce
- Serious illness
- Lack of confidence and low self-esteem
- Anger management
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
When you contact me we can arrange an initial appointment, which I offer at a reduced rate so you can come along to meet me, ask any questions you have and see if you'd like to carry on.
Initial appointments last approximately one hour fifteen minutes.
These cost £30 and are an opportunity for you to see if counselling is right for you.
Following appointments last one hour and cost £45
Initial appointments last one hour thirty minutes and cost £45
Following appointments last one hour and cost £65
Daytime, evening and weekend appointments are possible, subject to availability.
If you have significant problems financially there is a possibility I may be able to help a little so please don't let it put you off contacting me.