Rosemary Richards - MSc in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (MBACP)
For me counselling is about providing a safe space where someone can share there journey.
It can be hard sometimes to talk to those around us, we might not want people to worry about us, 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.
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.
The Counselling Session
The First Session
It can be hard to know quite what we want to say when we first start counselling, but don't worry, 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.
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 difficulties, 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
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.
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.
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 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - lunchtime to early evening
Types of client