EDUCATION & YOUTH SERVICES
"I can confidently say that Richard is a much respected counsellor and clinical supervisor amongst both his peers and clients, within the local mental health network."
Counselling Manager (Targeted Youth Service)
I have eighteen years’ experience as a counsellor, supporting the mental health and wellbeing of teenagers, young people and adults. I am available to offer your school, college, university or youth centre counselling support to your students, and service users, either in-house or from my office in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
I also incorporate Mindfulness and CBT tools which have successfully helped adults to manage negative thoughts, compulsive self-criticism, low mood/depression and anxiety.
SUPPORTING STAFF MEMBERS WITH SUPERVISION OR COUNSELLING
I am also available to offer a reflective practice or supervision to teaching staff, to aid them to be more effective in their role, or counselling support to help resolve any personal issues that’s encroaching on their professional lives, to help them to manage work-related stress, to mitigate burn-out, or to help them to return to work following a period of convalescence/absenteeism.
I am available to see you face to face at my office, or by telephone.
WORKING FOR YOU
I am available to offer counselling at your school, college, university or youth centre.
I have experience helping young people to manage and overcome the following mental health concerns and presenting issues:
Abuse and neglect
Academic performance issues
Bereavement and loss
Bipolar Disorder/manic depression
Bullying and Cyberbullying
Family Issues (including coping with divorce and separation)
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Negative or intrusive thoughts
Over-thinking and worry
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
School stress and academic pressure
Smoking (tobacco or cannabis)
Trauma/Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
I provided counselling at the following education establishments:
Highbury Grove School (2013-2017)
Institute for Contemporary Music Performance (2014-2015)
London College of Beauty Therapy (2012-2014)
Newham Sixth Form College (2012)
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE CHARITY SECTOR
I created and managed a youth counselling service based at the young people’s charity Alone in London (latterly Depaul UK-Alone in London) from 2011-2017. My team and I successfully helped hundreds of young people to cope with mental health and behavioural problems in inner-London boroughs. I built and maintained successful partnerships with CAMHS, Social Services, Family Support Services and GPs. I reached out to 12 to 25-year olds from a variety of backgrounds including homelessness, leaving care and youth offending.
YOUTH WORK SECTOR
I provided counselling at the following London youth centres over the last fourteen years:
Independent Futures (Leaving Care Service)
YOI in HMPS Pentonville
YOI in HMPS Holloway
North London YMCA
Space Kensington and Chelsea
PRIVATE PRACTICE (2006 - PRESENT)
I continue to work with young people as part of my private practice receiving referrals from GPs and parents.