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About me

I’m Richard Schafer, a professionally trained registered counsellor (MBACP). I practice from two London locations, Kings Cross (NW1) and Clapham (SW4). In 2003 I qualified as a psychodynamic counsellor and began private practice in 2004. I have spent over 12 years working in the field of talking therapies as a clinical lead within statutory sector therapeutic residential settings.

Talking to a professional in confidence may help you to understand and acknowledge the feelings you are experiencing and enable you to begin to move forward in your life.

I offer you a supportive and empathic therapy, focusing on you as a unique individual with your own experiences in a wide range of areas including:

  • low mood
  • relationship difficulties
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • grief
  • low self-esteem
  • lack of confidence
  • and feelings of worthlessness in addition to many other concerns.

Often there is more than one reason why you might have a vague feeling of upset in your life. The therapy that I offer is a gentle process that can help you restore your natural sense of harmony and balance. I offer you the time, attention and respect necessary to explore, discover and help you with your worries. I will encourage you to access your own resources and guide you to reach an understanding of your life, enabling you to make the choices required towards your own greater Being.

I work to an integrative model which means that I work with different therapeutic principles, specifically applying psychodynamic and Person-Centred theoretical principles. This fits well with my personal philosophy in that I feel different people require different strategies to help them at different times during therapy. This philosophy has been developed from my professional training together with broad professional and personal life experiences.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 09/03 CPCAB Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • 11/01 CPCAB Advanced Certificate In Therapeutic Counselling
  • 08/99 RSA Certificate In Counselling Skills
  • 09/98 NCFE Certificate In Counselling

I am a long term registered member (No. 107865 ) of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their code of conduct & ethics in my work.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Gambling, Alcohol, Drug Addiction / Recovery.

Therapies offered

  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Additional information

I offer an initial consultation/assessment session to potential clients as an opportunity to talk with me to explore and identify how future sessions may help. The consultation fee is £60 and will last for 50 minutes. There is no other commitment.


I offer an open-ended contract of sessions, no minimum or maximum commitment.

Fees are £60 per 50-minute session. I see clients on a weekly basis there is scope to increase the sessions if and when needed subject to availability. Any session cancelled within 72 hours, will not incur a fee.

If you would like to explore further or arrange an initial session please contact me by phone or email :

Email here or call 07443 948889


I see clients Monday to Friday / From 08.00 am to 8.00 pm

Further information

Appointments available between
Monday – Friday: 8AM – 8PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


From Kings Cross St Pancras
Walking: Leave the station by the Regents Canal/British Library exit.  Cross Pancras Road and enter St Pancras International station.  Walk straight through the station concourse and exit onto Midland Road. Turn right and cross to the other side at the first pedestrian crossing. Follow the road (it becomes Pancras Road after the underpass on your right).  Turn right onto St Pancras Way at the hospital.  The Gestalt Centre is on the left just past the Travis Perkins site. (10 minutes)
Bus: No. 46 from Kings Cross and St Pancras (Stop T) No. 214 from Kings Cross Caledonian Road (Stop X)

From Camden Town
Walking: Head southeast onto Camden High Street, then turn left onto Greenland Road.  Turn Right onto Camden Street, turn left onto Georgiana Street, then turn right onto St Pancras Way. (11 minutes)
Bus: Numbers 24, 29 and 134 from Camden Town (Stop S)

From Mornington Crescent
Walking: Turn right onto Crowndale Road, continue until you turn left onto St Pancras Way.  (9 minutes)

By car
The Gestalt Centre is outside the Congestion Charge zone.
On-street parking charges to park outside, Monday to Friday, are paid by telephone to RingGo at 020 3003 2532 or online at www.myringgo.co.uk (opens in new tab)
On-street parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays.


Getting to Edgeley road:

Edgeley road is 5 mins walk from Clapham high street. The nearest stations are

Clapham North & High Street Stns are 357 meters away, 5 min walk.
Clapham High Street is 374 meters away, 5 min walk.
Clapham North is 514 meters away, 7 min walk.
Clapham North Station (D) is 566 meters away, 8 min walk.
Wandsworth Road Station (S) is 629 meters away, 9 min walk.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
— Carl R. Rogers

Edgeley Road

Gestalt Centre
15-23 St. Pancras Way

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Richard Schafer - Counsellor/Psychotherapist, MBACP

Richard Schafer - Counsellor/Psychotherapist, MBACP