Richard Palmer MNCS (Accred), Self-Esteem, Anxiety Specialist

Richard Palmer MNCS (Accred), Self-Esteem, Anxiety Specialist

Office S4
11a Cornhill

07908 861505

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About me

I specialise in helping adults to be happy and confident by overcoming anxiety.

Do you feel anxious a lot of the time? Do you hate social situations?

Do you struggle to get to sleep or stay asleep? Alternatively, do you think about things that happened years ago?

Maybe you overthink everything? Does the thought of having the attention on you make you feel sick with worry?

Do you feel that you're always trying to be perfect? Or that you're always trying to meet the expectations of others?

Perhaps you always put other people first, or you feel that, no matter what you do, you're just not good enough?

If you answered yes to some of those questions, it's possible (if not probable) that you're suffering from anxiety which is being triggered by low self-esteem.

I specialise in helping adults to be happy and confident by overcoming anxiety and increasing their self-esteem.

It is, unfortunately, common for young adults to experience anxiety. Counselling can be a great way of controlling anxiety and improving your self-esteem, which means that you may never experience problematic anxiety again.

There are often complex reasons why you might have low self-esteem; this can make it challenging to deal with on your own. Low self-esteem often gets worse over time, and as it gets worse, other problems can develop such as anxiety and depression. The very nature of having low self-esteem and anxiety can make it difficult to talk to friends and family about how you're feeling. When you do speak to family and friends, sometimes their well-intentioned attempts to help can make you feel worse.

Like you, I used to struggle with low self-esteem and anxiety. This means that, although everyone's experiences are unique, I have a good idea of what you're going through.

Counselling with me has three main processes:

First, we need to understand why you have low self-esteem. We're not just born with either high or low self-esteem; it develops as we grow. You have developed low self-esteem for a reason, and it is essential that we understand why.

Second, very early on in counselling (usually in the first session), we will start working on reducing the amount of anxiety that you're experiencing. We will do this partly through discussions during sessions and partly through techniques and exercises that you can use between sessions.

Third, we will start increasing your self-esteem. It is by increasing your self-esteem that we are working to stop you from experiencing problematic anxiety again in the future.

We will work together in a friendly, supportive and collaborative way. You will never be judged or criticised by me. Counselling is a highly confidential activity focused on helping you.


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.

About Me

I am a qualified and professional counsellor, accredited by the National Counselling Society. The National Counselling Society (NCS) is one of the largest professional organisations for counsellors in the UK and, more importantly for you, they are part of the Professional Standards Authority's accreditation scheme. What does this mean for you? There are unfortunately a lot of unqualified counsellors practising in the UK. Being accredited by the NCS means that the NCS have checked my qualifications and have ensured that I am fit to practise. You can be confident that I have the right skills and experience to be able to help you effectively and safely.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications include:

  • MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice - Current postqualifying training
  • 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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder

Panic 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 a one-hour appointment.

You can pay by cash at the start of each session or by bank transfer before each session.

Appointments are usually held weekly.

Further information

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 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 will usually be within a week. 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'd like 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 vital that you work with the counsellor who feels right for you, if I'm not that counsellor then I'll be pleased 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 our 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

Bridgwater, TA6 3BU

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


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