Private Counsellor Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant).
Professional Standards Authority Registration: #NCS15-02454.

Celebrating 21st year of practice.

Creating distinctly effective therapeutic relationships ~ together.

Private Counsellor Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant), Havant.

The Best Counsellor for Me?

I bet you’re thinking: “I’m looking at private counselling, but who’s the best counsellor for me?”. Even though you’re looking in, around and near Havant, you could be frustrated thinking: “there seems to be many counsellors to choose from!”. Indeed, why would you consider Havant Counselling?

I ask you: how do you choose the best private counsellor for your distinctive needs?

Well, it turns out that the answer to this conundrum is remarkably simple.

Are you ready…?

The best counsellor for you is (drum roll)… the one you get on well with.

TA-DA – that’s the secret for good counselling:it’s the relationship between you and counsellor (working together) that makes therapeutic work so effective and transforming!

Of course, the counsellor’s qualifications, experience, practice and theoretical framework (the professional concepts that inform the counsellor’s work) are important factors in your decision too, but these qualities (or, in some cases, lack of!) can pale into insignificance when you simply don’t get on well with each other; even when you both are unable to negotiate forming a therapeutic alliance together).

On this page I’m going to try to help you make an informed decision about if I, Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant) of Havant Counselling, might be the private counsellor who seems right specifically for you. Plus, if I’m successful, I’ll tell you how you can then make an initial appointment so that we found this out in person (or click to go straight to: How to Begin at Havant Counselling).

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a “talking therapy”. You have conversations about your problems with a trained professional. You can have conversations with your counsellor about difficult feelings, managing a difficult life circumstance or event, or about being puzzled over your behaviour.

At Havant Counselling, your conversations will invite queries from your counsellor. The counselling relationship you’ll build (through weekly, private sessions) will grow to help you to make important changes to your life. You might explore troubling – even terrifying (if you wish) – thoughts and feelings.

Therapy work may be as shallow or as in-depth as you need – because Dean Richardson has the experience in listening to, and working with, the things you wish to talk about; he welcomes any subject you have.

What Counselling is Not.

Counselling is not a service where you’ll be told what to do to resolve your difficulties.

No: “just do these three tasks and everything will be become fine again!”.

Private Counselling mines with a more effective set of tools: your own creativity, inspiration and insight (acknowledging that you might need a little time before this gets going).

Also, in couples counselling, the counsellor is not an adjudicator (nor referee). You aren’t there to prove to him that you’re right and (therefore) your partner is wrong.

Counselling is co-operative and investigative. It’s done through conversation at weekly sessions… going at your pace… and together with your counsellor.

How to Benefit from Counselling.

Maybe look at it like this:- your counsellor becomes the passenger in your car journey. He’ll go with you where you need to drive – whether the journey is scary or straightforward, familiar or strange, whether you both discover a better route, whether the journey is long or short, is done in stages or all in one go.. and other collaborative approaches.

You won’t be alone.

The journey is completed together until you reach a good-enough place to stop, both go your separate ways.

(See also: “How Many Counselling Sessions will I need?”).

Locations Served by Havant Counselling.

Private counselling services serving locations near and within central Havant, Petersfield to Waterlooville, Cosham to Portsmouth & Southsea, Southampton to Chichester, Fareham to Gosport, Hayling Island, Emsworth, Westbourne, Rowland's Castle, local residents anywhere in between and regularly further afield!

Click for location details…

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Private Counselling Services in Havant.

Individual Counselling

Got something personal to work through? Something distinctly private?

Grow to trust your therapeutic relationship with experienced counsellor: Dean Richardson and work through such personal matters. For one-on-one counselling.

Counselling theoretical framework based upon psychodynamic, CBT and integrative principles.

Read: “Individual Counselling…”

Couple Counselling

Severe relationship conflicts? Difficulties in your marriage?

Work through couple conflicts with experienced relationship counsellor: Dean Richardson. He’ll become a part of your distinct relationship until you make him redundant.

Therapeutic framework based on sound (family) systemic and psychodynamic principles.

Read: “Couple Counselling…”

Group Counselling

Difficulties in your group? Can’t work together?

Group counselling for 4 to 8 people. When your distinct group has to figure out new ways of relating. Business teams, polyamorous relationships, friends/house-mates.

Based on sound group-analytical & psychodynamic principles.

Read: “Group Counselling…”

LGBT /Q Counselling

Need a specialist Ally in LGBT Counselling?

Unlike heteronormative counsellors, Dean specialises in counselling with lesbian women, gay men, bisexual, sexuality-questioning people and fluidity. Distinctly more than a GSD ally.

Based on sound therapeutic approaches and personal research.

Read: “LGBT/Q Counselling…”

Plus… specialist in

Private Counselling for Blokes

A shoulder that men lean on,

Marriage Counselling

Working on relationship conflicts,

Divorce Counselling

Mitigating relationship separation,

Counselling for gay/lesbian Couples

LGBT Relationships – off site,

Pre-trial Counselling

Supportive assistance for going to court,

Unwanted Sexual Behaviour in Men

Assistance in transforming distressing, sexualised behaviour, and many more.

Havant Counsellor Dean Richardson
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Dean Richardson – Private Counsellor.

National Counselling Society (Accredited Registrant)Dean is a vastly experienced counsellor now entering his 21st year of practice. He works exclusively in private practice, and is a general counsellor (meaning that he works with a wide range of ailments). Dean also specialises in couple relationships including social relationships, marriages and open & polyamorous relationships (read more), counselling for blokes (read more), and counselling for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning/queer people’s needs (read more).

Dean is an accredited counsellor (meaning his practice, therapeutic approach, philosophy and experience have been reviewed and awarded an accreditation recognition) and a registered counsellor with a Professional Standards Authority Register (meaning that he adheres to a set of defined ethics and behaviour expected good counsellors) – registration #NCS15-02454.

Dean is not available via the NHS, via your GP or company’s EAP scheme. You can make contact directly without having to ask a third-party to refer you.

Havant Counselling Dean Richardson

How different am I from other counsellors?


Distinct Counselling…

We’ll work to create a distinct form of counselling that works just for you. This will (eventually!) require your active participation but to begin with we’ll go at your pace to tell your story.

Some people can feel that they’re at their wits’ end when contacting a counsellor and this is what makes my years of experience distinctly unique: together we’ll begin to discover ways forward. It can seem like magic! And sometimes it just feels very good to talk with someone.

Independent of the NHS…

Our counselling relationship is private so no information is sent to the NHS (e.g. National Program Patient Record) and nothing is given to your GP. I don’t require you to get your doctor to refer you to me (you can make your own appointments) and I’m not tied to any insurance companies nor EAPs (some of whom require reports to be submitted). I have a GDPR Policy that I’ll give to you about how I manage your personal information.

Private means: what you talk about stays with me.

Help in Choosing me (or not)…

Being a fully qualified, insured and registered counsellor / psychotherapist, my first concern is helping you make an informed decision about working with me.

Plus, unlike newly qualified counsellors, those in training organisations and some charities, I’m qualified to perform the initial assessment session(s) with you; you won’t meet with me only to be sent to another counsellor as a matter of rote.

If it seems that us working together might not be helpful then we can discuss alternative counsellors and other options.

On time…

Unlike some health service appointments, I guarantee that every one of our sessions will begin… and end… on time.

No waiting around for delayed appointments, or getting the idea that someone before you is having more time.

Frank, not Evasive…

Some counsellors’ websites (with pictures of candles, oceanic views & tree blossom) could imply counselling is a peaceful walk in the park. I’d ask you: how does your recovery from rape, your guilt with a fatal car accident, or your struggles with your sexuality feel? Probably not peaceful.

For those dealing with the more serious of life events it’s good to know that I take a frank, open and respectful approach to your counselling. We can talk about all of the horror and difficulties that you cannot talk about elsewhere… and we’ll go at your pace.

Travel to Havant Counselling.

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Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant).
c/o The Cove Therapy Rooms,
Old Stable Yard, West Street,
PO9 1PF.

Just across the road from St. Faith’s Church. Entrance gate to the left of Endless Gifts (pictured).

Click for travel details to/from Havant Counselling, including information on:-

  • Car travel routes, car parks (and costs) & on-street parking, plus GPS Navigation.
  • Bus & train routes to / from Havant.
  • Taxi services and Bicycle/Motorcycle racks.

Gate Entrance to Havant Counselling

Book your first Counselling Session.

Generally, my appointment times are Mondays and Thursdays (5pm to 10pm) and Wednesdays (noon to 4pm). Once we agree on a weekly session day & time, that appointment stays with you until we have completed our work. Sessions times are, by default, 50 minutes but 90 minutes are sometimes available.

Deciding on an appointment time? Choose from these available…

Counselling Appointments

Couples & Individuals (Havant, Hampshire)
Monday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)
Tuesday Appointments:Not available
Wednesday Appointments:Short waiting list / daytime appointment due to become available soon (contact me to discuss)
Thursday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)
Friday Appointments:Not available
Weekend Appointments:Not available
Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)
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Tuesday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)

Couples & Individuals (Havant, Hampshire)
Mon:Waiting List (contact me)
Tue:Not Available
Wed:Short Waiting List / daytime appointment due to become available soon (contact me)
Thu:Waiting List (contact me)
Fri:Not Available
W/E:Not Available
Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)
Tue:Waiting List (contact me)

Waiting lists may be available for unlisted times.

NOTICE: Dean is not available from Monday 28th October to Sunday 3rd November (inclusive).

Times in red are the most popular and usually the first to be taken.

I make your first counselling appointment easy. You’re not committing to additional sessions after the first if you don’t wish to. We’ll discuss further sessions if we both agree that working together seems helpful.

Simply CONTACT ME saying when you’d like to meet. I will confirm that such time is still available and will reserve it for us. Once I’ve confirmed our appointment you will then send me £30 as your refundable deposit, which secures our first appointment We will then meet for our initial let’s-see-how-this-goes session (sometimes called an assessment for counselling).

There is no obligation to continue past the first session if you don’t wish to. If we both find that the session was helpful we will arrange to meet weekly (same time, day and place as the first appointment) until our work is done (or done enough to end counselling).

Free Appointment Notifications!

Are your preferred appointments not available? Register now to get notified when they are…

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Disabled Access & Facilities.

Disabled Access Counselling HavantHavant Counselling is accessible for wheelchair users, the mobility impaired and others needing disabled access to counselling near Havant.

Our counselling room is on a ground floor, and the entrance through to the counselling room is on a level surface (slight bump on the bottom of the entrance door).

There are fully equipped disabled-access toilet facilities (wide movement area, support bars, low wash-basin, pulley alarm etc) read more…

Blue Badge holders may also be able to park outside of Havant Counselling (leaving a 30-60 second wheelchair/walk to the counselling room) - see car parking for blue badge holders.

Wheelchair Accessible Toilet Facilities at Havant Counselling
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Havant Counselling.

Counselling Services ~ Client Aggregate Rating:
Service rating: 9.50 based on 1125 ratings.
Price Range: £30 - £100.
c/o Cove Therapy Rooms, Old Stable Yard, West Street, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1PF.
02392 987 487.
Hours:Mon, Thu, Fri 5pm - 9pm.Wed 12pm - 5pm.