My name is Richard Swynnerton and I am an existential psychotherapist, supervisor and counsellor in High Barnet, Hertfordshire EN5. I have over twenty years’ experience as a therapist working in the public sector, private practice and college settings.
Counselling in High Barnet Hertfordshire
For the past ten years, I have been counselling in Barnet EN5, at my private practice which is a dedicated therapeutic space set apart from my home at the back of my garden. This is a quiet and tranquil setting from which to conduct sessions.
My Approach to Therapy
My role is to assist you in arriving at your own insights and to help you to make the choices and decisions which you feel are right for you. I believe that well-being stems largely from our ability to life live in accordance with our own deeply held values and beliefs and one of my main goals is to help you to achieve this. I see the problems which give rise to distress as a result of difficulties encountered in living rather than as indicators of “mental illness.” More than anything else, I feel passionate about helping people to embrace the freedom that each of us has to make choices and decisions which can greatly alter and shape the path of our lives for the better. Change is never easy and facing up to difficulties can be daunting. Nevertheless, a strong supportive therapeutic relationship can be an invaluable aid to helping you move forward with your life in a positive and constructive manner. My aim is to support you through this process and to help you to become better able to deal with the challenges ahead.
If you are interested in having therapy with me then the first step is to contact me either by email or phone. I will endeavour to respond to your message as soon as possible and we can arrange to meet for an initial session. This is an opportunity for you to tell me about why you are currently seeking therapy and what it is you think you would like to work on during the sessions. We can also discuss together your expectations and what you are hoping to get out of the sessions. I will also be very happy to discuss any questions which you have about how I work or indeed, about my experience working as a therapist. If, after having met, you then decide you would like to work with me, we can arrange to meet at a mutually convenient time for further sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Psychotherapy & Counselling: The School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology: Regent’s University: 1995
- Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy: The School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology: 1998
- Diploma in Existential Supervision: The New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling: 2001
Professional Affiliations & Accreditation
- Accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) since 1998.
- Professional Member of the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology at Regent’s University.
- Work Experience
I began seeing clients in 1994, initially, as part of my training, and then since 1998, as a fully accredited therapist. I have worked consistently at my private practice both as a therapist and supervisor ever since.
Teaching & Supervision
I have worked as a tutor and supervisor at a number of training institutions for the past eighteen years and during this time, I’ve taught a variety of courses including foundation courses in psychotherapy and counselling, time limited existential psychotherapy, Human Sexuality as well as psychodynamic theory and practice.
Public Sector Work
I managed a counselling service for the drug and alcohol services Turning Point and Westminster Drug Company for ten years. I have also provided consultancy and supervision at a number of other counselling services as well including The Claremont Project in Islington where I supervised the clinical team for almost ten years as well as The Alcohol Resource centre in Ladbroke Grove and The Community Alcohol Support Service in Fulham and Brent Mind.
- Swynnerton and P. Smith-Pickard (2005) The Body and Sexuality; in Existential Perspectives on Human Issues: a Handbook for Therapeutic Practice. Palgrove Macmillan. London.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £65.00 per session and sessions are 50 minutes long. If for any reason, you wish to cancel a session, then I require 24 hours notice.