Richard Palmer MNCS (Accred), Self-Esteem and Anxiety Specialist
I specialise in helping young adults to be happy and confident by overcoming anxiety.
I think I’m a lot like you. I grew up believing that I wasn’t good enough. All I wanted was to be confident, to feel happy, to be able to stand up for myself and to not doubt myself. In essence, I wanted to not be scared of being me.
My greatest fear was that I would spend the rest of my life continuing to feel anxious and lonely, avoiding anything and everything that would show me up for being weird, different or incapable. I didn’t make many friends; I would avoid going to busy places and I would never do anything that might upset someone else.
My self-esteem was virtually non-existent, I had no confidence to be me and to do what I wanted. I would question everything that I thought and did and became incredibly self-critical. This led to me feeling anxious and depressed, not enjoying life at all.
My parents were worried about me and eventually convinced me to see a doctor. I was diagnosed with depression and started on antidepressants. They helped me to feel less bad (I wouldn’t say that they helped me to feel happier), but they didn’t help to resolve the problem.
Next, I tried CBT with the NHS. The person who assessed me believed that the problem was anxiety and so I had 8 sessions of CBT to learn how to not be anxious. Just like with the antidepressants, the CBT did help a little bit but I only felt mildly better because the anxiety was just a symptom of a much deeper problem.
Over and over again it felt like other people were telling me how I felt and why I was wrong for feeling that way. I was so fed up with feeling how I felt and not receiving the help that I needed that I decided to try to figure out the solution on my own.
I started learning psychology and researching things that might help me. I tested everything that I came across to see if it would help and some of it did! I spent the next four years training as a counsellor and refining what I was practising so that I could use it to help my clients.
So, why am I telling you this? Because I know how frustrating it is to be a prisoner of your own thoughts and to not be understood by other people. I was fed up of how difficult it was to get help that actually helped when there are some fairly easy solutions. I don’t want you to spend the rest of your life feeling like you do now, I want you to spend the rest of your life loving who you are!
How can I help you to overcome anxiety and boost your self-esteem?
I specialise in helping adults to be happy and confident by overcoming anxiety. As a specialist, you can be relaxed in the knowledge that I have the training and experience to know how best to support you which means that you can focus on achieving your goal of being happy and confident.
We will be focusing on two areas simultaneously. The first area is to understand why you have low self-esteem. What has caused it and what is keeping it going? The second area is to understand how you can boost your self-esteem by managing anxiety.
Anxiety is a perfectly normal biological and psychological response to a perceived threat. Because we understand how it works in the body we know how to reduce the amount of anxiety that you're experiencing. By controlling your levels of anxiety, we can work on improving your self-esteem so that anxiety doesn't become a problem again.
I have a private and comfortable room in the centre of Bridgwater.
Being centrally located in Bridgwater means that I’m easy for you to find whether you’re driving, walking or using public transport. It also means that if you arrive early or someone else is bringing you to your appointment, there are plenty of shops and coffee shops to enjoy.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include:
- Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy - 2 years of training
- Higher Diploma in Counselling Practice - 2 years of training
- Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills - 1 year of training
- Certificate in Counselling Skills - 1 year of training
It is important to me that I am able to offer you the very best chance to reach your goals. To do this I attend additional regular training sessions throughout the year which include:
- Impasse training
- Working with Archetypes
- Sex and love addiction
- Advanced couples counselling - sex and ageing
- Working creatively with clients
- Treating social anxiety disorder
- Advanced couples counselling - couples in conflict
- Working with anxiety
- Working with clients using techniques form Gestalt theory
- Pregnancy loss
- Working with clients using techniques from transactional analysis
- Domestic abuse training
My main training placement was with New Dawn Counselling Service in Weston-super-Mare. I successfully worked with a variety of clients of all ages, backgrounds and difficulties.
Aside from the experience of working with clients I also:
- I am director of one of the largest counselling organisations in the South West
- Mentor trainee and newly qualified counsellors
- Give presentations to trainees in colleges
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
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Our initial consultation lasts for 30 minutes and is free. The consultation is a chance for us to meet and discuss how you're feeling. I will give you some information about how I work and you will have a chance to ask me any questions that you have.
Fees for individual sessions are £50 for 60 minutes.
You can pay by cash at the start of each session or by bank transfer before each session.
Appointments are usually held weekly.
Would you like to be happy and confident by overcoming your anxiety?
The first step is to give me a call or text me on 07908 861505 or send me an email at email@example.com. I may not answer straight away but I will always reply as quickly as I can. If you don't like talking on the phone that's not a problem, just let me know in your text or email and I'll make sure that I text or email you back instead of calling.
I'll invite you in to have a free initial consultation with me which, depending on availability, will usually be within a couple of days. This meeting lasts for 30 minutes. During the meeting, we'll discuss how you're feeling and I'll give you some information about how we might work to manage your anxiety.
You'll also have a chance to ask me any questions that you want and you can then decide if you'd like to work with me or not. If you're not sure if you want to work with me that's not a problem at all, I'm perfectly happy for you to take a few days to consider it. It's important that you work with the counsellor who feels right for you, if I'm not that counsellor then I'll be very happy to give you the details of some other people in this area who may be able to help you.
If you would like to work with me then we'll book our first appointment which will usually be within a week of us meeting.
I know that the thought of opening up to someone can be scary (if not terrifying!) but remember, you are in control. We'll go at your pace to discuss what is important for you. I work very hard to be friendly and supportive during counselling and so far no one has left because I'm scary!
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I see clients on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in my Bridgwater office. Appointments on those days start at 09:30 and end at 20:00.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|