I am a qualified and professional counsellor, accredited by the National Counselling Society.
I am passionate about helping people to increase their self-esteem because I have been there. I struggled with low self-esteem for most of my teens and early twenties. At school and in my social life I really struggled with the belief that I wasn’t good enough. There were so many things that I wanted to do but couldn’t because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do them without failing and looking stupid.
Approaching mid-twenties I decided to try to beat the anxiety caused by low self-esteem and take back control of my life. I had two lots of therapy – one of traditional counselling and one of CBT with the NHS. I also spent a lot of time researching and practising activities that other people said had helped them to boost their self-esteem.
Putting all of this together slowly helped me to learn that I was good enough, that other people did like me if I acted like myself. Over the years my confidence has grown and although I can still experience low self-esteem and anxiety at times, I'm pretty happy with how I am.
As a therapist, I love being able to support people to go through the same process that I went through. I have an absolute belief that everyone who has low self-esteem can increase it and be genuinely happy with who they are.
If you want to find out more about how we can work together to boost your low self-esteem, please click here.
"Richard helped me to manage my depression and anxiety in a way that medication couldn't. I feel like I can live a normal life again." - A former client
Qualifications and Experience
My qualifications include:
- Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy - 2 years of training
- Higher Diploma in Counselling Practice - 2 years of training
- Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills - 1 year of training
- Certificate in Counselling Skills - 1 year of training
It is important to me that I am able to offer you the very best chance to reach your goals. To do this I attend additional regular training sessions throughout the year which includes:
- Adult Attachment Behaviour
- Ethical Practice Conference
- Sex and love addiction
- Advanced Couples Counselling - Sex and Ageing
- Working creatively with clients
- Treating social anxiety disorder
- Advanced Couples Counselling - Couples in Conflict
- Working with clients using techniques from Gestalt theory
- Working with anxiety
- Pregnancy Loss
- Working with clients using techniques from Transactional Analysis
- Domestic Abuse training
My main training placement was with New Dawn Counselling Service in Weston-super-Mare. I successfully worked with a variety of clients of all ages, backgrounds and difficulties.
Aside from experience of working with clients I also:
- Mentor trainee and newly qualified counsellors
- Give presentations to trainees in colleges
I have been awarded Accredited status by the National Counselling Society. Being accredited means that you can be assured of receiving a high-quality and professional service from me. To be awarded with accredited status, practitioners must demonstrate that they are competent to practice by completing a recognised, high-quality training course, have regular clinical supervision with a qualified supervisor, completing a minimum number of supervised clinical hours and attend regular Continuing Professional Development training throughout the year to keep knowledge and skills up to date.