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Rischenda Poulson

Dip (Couns), Fdsc Counselling, BA (Hons) Counselling, MBACP

About me

I am a fully qualified and registered psychotherapist with many years experience of working with adults and children over 16 on a one to one basis. I work from a consultation room in Farnham and have day and evening availability for appointments. An initial consultation is free of charge to see whether you would like to work together.

Counselling/psychotherapy may be sought for many reasons - sometimes life may feel overwhelming due to a specific trauma, or an on-going sense of inner tension/unease that is hard to explain or understand. I offer a genuine, confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic space to enable you to explore these feelings and whatever is troubling you, at your own pace.

Alongside my private practice I work as a locum psychotherapist for the NHS and also lecture in counselling to undergraduate level at a local college. Through using an integrative psychotherapeutic approach (incorporating person centred, psychodynamic and transpersonal paradigms), this allows me to tailor therapy to the individual and unique needs of each client.

I work with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, abuse, relationship breakdown, separation/divorce, family issues, low self esteem, stress, phobias, loss and bereavement.

I have worked as a group psychotherapist at the Priory Hospital in Woking, running mixed group psychotherapy sessions as well as coordinating their stress management programme. I also have many years experience working as a psychotherapist within palliative care - providing psychological support to patients and carers through treatment, terminal illness and bereavement. I have delivered a series of training workshops within the NHS (NE Hants and Farnham) covering the impact of long term health conditions upon psychological wellbeing.

I encourage sessions to be scheduled weekly, however this is dependent upon your specific requirements - the number and frequency of sessions will be reviewed regularly. Counselling may be short or long term, and can be face-to-face, via Skype or telephone.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Counselling (Distinction)
Fdsc Degree in Counselling (Distinction)
BA (Hons) in Counselling (First Class)
Fully registered MBACP
CRB Checked (Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Certificate)
Sessional lecturer in Counselling
Safeguarding certificate

Risk assessment training

Continuing professional development courses in:

  • Couples Therapy
  • Trauma
  • Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Shame
  • Substance misuse

Information Governance certificate

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology


Additional information

Fees are:

Initial consultation is free.

Individual (one-one session) £60 per 50 minutes.

Couples £90 per 50 minutes.


Daytime and evening appointments available.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Rischenda Poulson

Rischenda Poulson