I offer counselling in Birmingham with our primary approach being person-centred. This means I will listen to you without any judgment and explore the world you perceive in a safe and tentative way adhering to professional and Ethical Framework and Boundaries set by the BACP. This will let you have the time and space to work out what you need to, in the knowledge that whatever you say will be fully confidential.
I have a degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy of which I studied at the University of Warwick. The course required me to take placement work throughout – giving me the experience I required to become a qualified Counsellor. I have continued to volunteer at one of my placements; John Taylor Hospice as one of their bereavement & end of life counsellors and I am very proud to be a part of the team. I work for the Police Firearms Officers Association (PFOA) well-being support program as a support line Counsellor and Psychotherapist and I am also very privileged and honored to work with clients of The Victim Support Homicide Service who are suffering with very traumatic losses and experiences in their lives. I regularly speak at conferences and seminars throughout the midlands to help raise the profile of counselling and to keep in touch with the latest thinking.
I have a keen interest in bereavement, grief, trauma, end of life, terminal illness, contact work/pre-therapy, working with impairments and disabilities with in all ages as well as group and mindfulness of which I am studying continually. Although I do also work integratively at times, with a combination of approaches, we can tailor the counselling to suit your needs and aims of the work we do together. I also work with emotion card therapy.
I offer the first session at half the price of a full session as I believe it is important for you to feel safe and secure with the counselling process and the surroundings be it for short or long term. The first session will also have an assessment process to identify needs and appropriate support. Once you are happy to continue with a second session, we can set goals or even just see where the therapy takes us over the time you choose.
From the outset, I sensed a genuine warmth and intellect in Richard so I felt confident that he could guide me through my many ruminations and insecurities.