Rosemary Richards - MSc in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (MBACP)
Hello, thanks for taking the time to view my profile
To me counselling is about providing a safe space where someone can share there story. It can be hard sometimes to talk to those around us, we might fear that we would be judged, or we might be a little embarrassed about what we want to say.
Talking to someone who is outside of the loop of our everyday lives can be a way of processing our most personal of thoughts. Counselling may not help you find all the answers, and sometimes it can be quite hard going, but it can help us put things in order in our minds which can be a way of beginning to move forwards.
I understand that it can be a big step to call a counsellor and book an appointment. Some of you may be thinking I know I want counselling, but I don't know who with. Others may be thinking counselling could be good, but is it for me?
To try and help I am offering two things; the first is this profile where I have tried to include as much information as I can to help you decide if you would like to book an appointment with me. The second thing I offer you is a free 30 minute 1-2-1 so you can come and meet me, ask any questions you may have and decide if I am the counsellor for you.
Together in counselling we can explore the events or issues that are currently causing you distress, whether the issue is a specific one such as a bereavement, divorce, self-harm, or relationship issues or is perhaps a more generalised feeling of anxiety, stress or depression we can explore the issue as you begin to move forwards.
My style of work is integrative drawing on various models of counselling including Person Centred Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. As well as working verbally I also work creatively with the use of buttons, figurines and drawing should you wish to explore counselling in this way.
The Counselling Session
The First Session
It can be hard to know quite what we want to say when we first start counselling. Our thoughts can go round in our minds but we don't always know how to express ourselves. But that's ok. There is no rush to cover everything in the first session, just come in, sit down, take a deep breath and we can go from there.
In the sessions that follow we can use our time together to explore the issue you are facing. Some clients stick with that same topic throughout the counselling journey whilst others explore several issues. Either approach is OK. My typical start to a session is to invite clients to discuss what is 'at the top' for them, in other words what thing is having the biggest impact at that particular moment.
When clients start counselling sometimes they don't know how many sessions they would like to have. Thats ok, we can review our work together as we go along. Often at the beginning of the counselling journey sessions are arraigned on a weekly basis, moving to fortnightly or monthly as the relationship works towards an end.
I am based just a short walk from the main shopping street in stafford. There are several car parks near by as well as public transport links.
Why I trained as a counsellor
I decided to pursue a career in counselling as I passionately believe that having the opportunity to have your voice heard is so important and valuable. To share, in a safe space, those things that trouble us can help us find a new path through our difficultiess, and it can feel a relief to stop bottling things up inside.
It is my aim as a counsellor to provide you with that safe space where we can work together away from the demands of everyday life and focus on you.
Training, qualifications & experience
To qualify as a counsellor I completed an MSc in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. This was a general course and did not focus on working with one particular area of counselling.
I have also spent time volunteering with a bereavement support charity and so received additional training in this area.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Eating disorders
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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£40 (payable by cash only)
Reductions available, please contact for more information.
If there are any questions you would like to ask before you start attending counselling sessions why not pop in for a free 30 minute 1-2-1 session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Thursday, Friday - lunchtime to early evening
Types of client