About Counselling and how I work

I am a Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor having trained with BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling). I am also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I work to these organisations Codes of Ethics and Practice.

Counselling is an opportunity for you to talk in a safe and confidential setting. I will listen to you with acceptance, empathy and unconditional positive regard.

You may have come to counselling with a particular problem or issue which you wish to resolve. Together we can explore your thoughts and feelings to gain a deeper understanding of the problem and its impact on you.

I make use of different therapeutic approaches as appropriate for each individual. My underlying approach is Humanistic or Person Centred; this is a non directive approach which believes in each persons potential and the ability to make the right choices for him or herself. Alongside this I find a Psychodynamic perspective useful for looking at a person’s history and how influences or patterns from a client’s childhood may be presenting in the present. Other approaches are also valuable and inform my work e.g. Transactional Analysis, Systems Theory and Bodywork.

However, I believe that the most important factor for successful counselling is the relationship between me, the counsellor and you, the client. In the crucible of the counselling relationship many problems can be faced and worked through. I endeavour to be both friendly and supportive as a counsellor but will be robust about challenging you when appropriate.

If you are considering working with me I usually suggest an initial consultation to discuss what brought you to counselling and how it might help you. From this we can gain a sense of what it might be like to work together.

If you would like to arrange an appointment please call me on 07828 578 416 or email me: richardatkinson1963@btinternet.com