Richard Safhill

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MBACP (Accred.), PG Dip (York St John University)
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York, YO31
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About me

As a BACP accredited counsellor, I am experienced in working with people with a wide range of problems. These include addictions, grief and loss, work/study problems and relationship difficulties. You may be experiencing depression or anxiety, going through a major change in your life, or struggling to be hopeful about the future. Working humanistically, I put you and your unique experience at the centre of our work together, using dialogue and exploration to get to the essence of your difficulties and help you navigate a way forward. I also draw on other approaches to help you to experiment with new ways of being that can lead to insight and positive change. This is all within the framework of a caring and supportive relationship, where you can feel safe in talking about your issues.

Working existentially and drawing on my own life experience, I am skilled in helping people to navigate major life changes in their life and the experience of loss and uncertainty involved. I believe that what initially feels like a time of crisis can lead to new growth and an ability to make choices more closely aligned to your values. It can also help you to develop the strength to face the challenges that life inevitably brings. 

Working face-to-face from offices in Clifton Moor,  I have a calm and welcoming space where you can ease into the setting and talk confidentially. I also offer Zoom and telephone sessions to suit your needs and preferred way of working and have a BACP accredited qualification in online and telephone counselling.

In addition to private counselling, I lecture in counselling at York St John University. I had a previous career as a classical guitar performer and teacher, as well as working as a choir leader in therapeutic and community settings.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am BACP accredited, recognising the high level of my practice and ability to operate safely and ethically. I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from York St University and am also trained as an online/telephone counsellor (BACP certified).

In addition to my work in private practice, I lecture in counselling at York St John University.

I also hold a degree and two post-graduate qualifications from my first career in music. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£50.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I charge £50 per hour session and offer face-to-face, telephone and zoom appointments. I offer a free 15 minute consultation over zoom or telephone, for you to ensure we are the right fit and to discuss what you would like to work on.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work remotely on Tuesdays via zoom or telephone.

I hold face-to-face sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays, daytime and evening.

Please enquire for availability.

Further information

I operate from Regus offices in Clifton Moor, York.

In addition, I work via Zoom and the telephone.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

The premises I use have disabled access and I also consider home visits for people who are physically unable to travel.

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