Dr. Richard Wilkes, Counselling Psychologist
It is of the utmost importance to me that you feel safe and trusting in therapeutic work and my aim is to provide a warm, positive and empathic environment from which we can start to understand your difficulties and consider whether changes might be made.
Whilst this is my ultimate priority, in choosing to work with me you can be assured of a professional with the highest levels of clinical training. As a counselling psychologist, I have been educated and practice in a wide variety of models and seek to provide a service tailor made to individual’s needs, preferences and strengths. This ensures that you have the optimum care whatever you may be currently facing. My duty to continuing professional development ensures that I keep up to date with the latest advances in Evidence Based Practice and the responsibility I have to receive ongoing supervision means that I have a space to consider my effectiveness, communication and direction in meeting your needs.
I have been working in a psychological capacity since 2000 and qualified as a counselling psychologist in 2008. As well as working in private practice, I work as a senior psychologist for secondary adult mental health services and have specialised in adult work throughout my training and career.
I have been trained in a wide range of methods, including:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
I have also had extensive supervision in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Schema Focused Therapy.
Who I work with.
I work with adults (17+) where psychological therapy within the community would be appropriate. Whilst I stated beneath the range of difficulties I work with, they are a sample. You may have a concern with mood or anxiety, maybe you have concerns regarding the way you see yourself or the relationships you establish, you may face an important decision or want a space to take stock on your life and consider directions for the future. Psychological work with me is for all of these situations and questions.
Please call me on the mobile number displayed or send me an email through counselling directory. There will be times at which I am unlikely to be able to answer my mobile however, I will always reply to a voice message as soon as I possibly can.
Often making the decision to seek psychological therapy is a difficult one. Meeting new people is often an anxious process, let alone when you do so to talk about things that may be very personal to you. Things will get easier though and I will be here to make the process as comfortable as it possibly can be by taking things as the pace you wish to and arranging relaxing surroundings for us to meet in.
Work with me is confidential. However, in order to maintain the standards of my practice I may speak about our work with another psychologically trained professional; this is an arrangement that all those practising psychological therapies should be engaged with to ensure the quality, effectiveness and ethics of their therapy. I am also duty bound to protect your safety that of others and to report matters of serious illegality. We can discuss how you wish for me to communicate with other people, should this be your preference.
Training, qualifications & experience
Core Psychological Training
Practitioner Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology (PsychD) (University of Surrey) (2008)
Psychology BSc. Hons. (University of Surrey) (2004)
Further Therapeutic Training
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Foundational Training (British Isles DBT. 2017)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Introductory and Intermediate Training (Think! Psychology) (2015)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Training (EMDR) (Level III) (Commenced 2014)
CBT for Psychosis (with Professor Gillian Haddock, University of Manchester) (2014)
Complex Trauma Training (with Dr. Sarah Halliday and Philippa Capel, 2gether Foundation Trust) (2013)
CBT for PTSD (Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy, OCTC) (2011)
Additional Supervisory Training
STAR Clinical Psychology Trainees Supervisory Training (University of Cardiff) (2016)
IAPT supervisors Training (to supervise psychological wellbeing practitioners) (University of Birmingham) (2011)
Additional Specialist Training
Autism Diagnositic Observational Schedule (ADOS) (Beginning with A) (2018)
Autism Diagnostic Interview (Revised) (ATI-R) (Beginning with A) (2018)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 for initial session/assessment.
Rates may be negotiable on the basis of the work negotiated, personal circumstances or with particular client groups.
My commitments to NHS work may mean that I may not be able to work with you if you currently have a high level of engagement with mental health services within the NHS. I will ask you if this is the case.
I am currently registered with Vitality Health insurance and hope to become registered with other insurance companies offering therapy following diagnosis. Please inform me at the start of our work if you have Vitality insurance and hope to pay this way.