Stephen Richardson MBACP
Feeling anxious or depressed? Are you dissatisfied with life? Do you want something to change but your not sure what?
At some point in your life if you have been holding pain (maybe for as long as you can remember) there comes a time when these issues need addressing. As a Psychodynamic Counsellor (see description below) I will work with you to understand how your old patterns of behaviour, thinking or feelings that have caused you upset or unhappiness continue to limit your experience of life. Once we can understand the unconscious reasons for your behaviour, thoughts and feelings then we can begin to make the changes necessary in order for you to reach your potential and live the life you want for yourself.
I have two comfortable and secure practises in both Bedford and in Marston Moretaine, both locations are very near to the town centres that are easy accessible by rail and road. Both locations in Bedford and Marston Moretaine have access for wheelchairs. The practices also have hearing loop facilities.
Training, qualifications & experience
My own life experiences and personal journey has helped me to develop the insight and awareness which I believe are crucial in an effective counsellor.
My own personal journey has now enabled me to work with many people in many different settings.
Along with my counselling clients that I see in Bedford and Marston Moretaine, I have worked with people who have had addictions through misuse of alcohol and drug use.
I have also worked within groups in a therapeutic settling whereby unconscious dynamics come to the forefront in order for individuals to experience development and growth.
The following is studies undertaken by myself to give you the best in transference of knowledge that underpins the service I provide to you:
WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
WPF Advanced Certificate in Counselling skills.
Level Two in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
Level Two certificate in Psychodynamic counselling Skills. (CPCAB)
WPF Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills.
OCR, RSA. Certificate in Counselling skills in the development of learning.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees will I hope cover each persons needs with their income.
Our first consultation will be free, this will be for 50 minutes.
My fees after this are £35 for each session, also 50 minutes.
I have an Enhanced CRB checked.
Feedback from clients:
"I don't recognise the person I was when I first came to see you."
"I now can live a full life where I can make my own decisions."
The relationship between the counsellor and client is one of deep trust and I provide a secure and safe environment to give you that opportunity. Each person is individual therefore each person I have worked with over the years has had their own unique experience of the counselling I provide. Some Clients come and see me for a few sessions and that may be all that is needed to understand ones self a little better. For others counselling often opens up areas that have needed addressing for many years and many of my clients come to see me over a good period of time. Open ended counselling can help where deep pain can be patiently explored in your own way.
What is Psychodynamic Counselling? Psychodynamic counselling is all about exploring unconscious very early experiences and how they relate to how we act now. This is an opportunity for you to break away from old patterns of behaviour as well as looking at the here and now in order to move positively forward with your life and enhance the relationships you have with others.