Dr Richard Wilkes

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Consultant Counselling Psychologist
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Brecon LD3 & Hereford HR4
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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 Consultant Psychologist in the public sector 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)
Humanistic psychotherapy.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

I have also had extensive supervision in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Schema Focused Therapy.

As well as offering Psychological therapy, I also offer diagnostic autism assessments to adults. I offer this through my associated teams in Hereford. 

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.

Getting Started

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 practicing 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

Collaborative Communication (Credu Cymru) (2022)

Teen Life programme for the parents of autistic teenagers (National Autistic Society) (2021)

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

Assessment and Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) (Minds in Session) (2023)

Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communicative Disorders (DISCO) (Lorna Wing Centre) (2023)

Autism Diagnositic Observational Schedule (ADOS) (Beginning with A) (2018)

Autism Diagnostic Interview (Revised) (ATI-R) (Beginning with A) (2018)

Member organisations

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£75.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

£40 for initial session/assessment.

£75 in Brecon

£90 in Hereford

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.

When I work

I am available in Brecon and Hereford for sessions Tuesday-Friday evenings. I also work on Mondays in Hereford, daytime and evening. 

Further information

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.

Brecon, Powys, LD3

Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

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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.

I unfortunately cannot in Brecon but I would be open to alternative arrangements if you have these needs.

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Dr Richard Wilkes
Dr Richard Wilkes