Richard Palmer MNCS (Accred), Self-Esteem and Anxiety Specialist
Low self-esteem and the anxiety that this causes can be an awful and lonely way to live. You believe that you’re not worthy, you’re useless, pathetic, ugly, stupid, not good enough and that everything that goes wrong must be your fault. It can make you feel panic for no apparent reason, have anxiety and panic attacks that drain you of energy for days and drive a wedge between you and the people you love and care about.
I know this because that’s how I felt for most of my teens and early twenties. At school and in my social life I really struggled with the belief that I wasn’t good enough. There were so many things that I wanted to do but couldn’t because inside I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do them without failing and looking stupid in front of everyone. Even little things like asking for help in a shop felt too difficult at times.
Approaching mid-twenties I faced the choice that we must all make – do I stay like this for the rest of my life or do I try to boost my self-esteem.
I decided to try to boost my self-esteem and take back control of my life. I started learning about psychology, researched methods that had helped other people to increase self-esteem and manage their anxiety as well as having two lots of therapy – one of traditional counselling and one of CBT with the NHS.
As this process was coming to an end I started training to become a counsellor, certain that I wanted to help other people be happy. Now, I'm a professional counsellor who is experienced at helping people just like you (and me) to boost their self-esteem and live far happier lives.
How can I help you to boost your self-esteem?
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.
There are a number of ways that we can increase your self-esteem and reduce the amount of anxiety that you're feeling. All of the methods that I use are fairly straightforward, have great results and you will be supported 100% to implement them.
I have a private and comfortable room in the centre of Bridgwater so it's easy to find and there is plenty of parking nearby.
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
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
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.
Are you ready to boost your self-esteem?
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 offer flexible appointments Monday-Friday from 9:30-20:00. I may be able to offer you a Saturday appointment if you cannot come during the week.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|