- 1 Havant Private Counselling
- 1.1 Counselling Choices in Havant.
- 1.2 Best Counsellor for Me?
- 1.3 How different am I from other counsellors?
- 1.4 Dean Richardson – Private Counsellor.
- 1.5 Finding Havant Counselling.
- 1.6 Book your first Counselling Session.
- 1.7 Free Appointment Notifications!
- 1.8 Disabled Access & Facilities.
- 1.9 Havant Counselling.
Havant Private Counselling
Distinctly Experienced Therapy
Become the Key to your Distinct Transformation
Counselling Choices in Havant.
Creating distinctly effective therapeutic relationships ~ together.
Something personal to work through? Something private?
Grow to trust your therapeutic relationship with experienced counsellor: Dean Richardson, working through your personal matters. For one-on-one counselling.
Therapeutic framework core: psychodynamic, CBT and eclectic.
Severe relationship conflicts? Difficulties together?
Work through couple conflicts with experienced relationship counsellor: Dean Richardson. He becomes a part of your distinct relationship until you make him redundant.
Therapeutic framework core: (family) systemic, psychodynamic & eclectic.
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.
Therapeutic framework core: systemic, Foulksian/group & facilitative.
Need a specialist Ally in LGBT Counselling?
Unlike heteronormative counsellors, Dean specialises in counselling with lesbian women, gay men, bisexual, sexuality-questioning and fluidity. Distinctly more than just an ally.
Therapeutic framework core: as above plus personal research.
Plus… specialist in
A shoulder that men lean on,
Working on relationship conflicts,
Mitigating relationship separation,
LGBT Relationships – off site,
Supportive assistance for going to court,
Assistance in transforming distressing, sexualised behaviour, and many more.
Best Counsellor for Me?
I bet you’re thinking: “I’m looking at private counselling, but who’s going to be the best counsellor for me?”. You may be concerned with mental health or emotional health; you might be seeking to boost your confidence or deal with a matter you’ve kept secret for years. No matter… you’re looking in, around and near Havant and by now you might be frustrated thinking: “there seems many counsellors to choose from!”. So why would you consider Havant Private Counselling?
Let me first ask you: how do you choose the best local private counsellor for your distinctive needs?
Because it turns out that one good 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 effective counselling:– it’s the relationship between you and counsellor (working together) that can make therapeutic work so effective and transforming.
I’m not simply speaking of a relationship where everyone avoids disagreements with each other (e.g. the counsellor says “yes” to everything the client says); effective relationships learn to tolerate & make use of both congruence and conflicts, if the alliance is to be meaningful.
Of course, the counsellor’s qualifications, experience, practice, experience with mental health & emotional health and psychotherapy theoretical framework (the employed concepts that inform what the counsellor is thinking about) are important factors in your decision too. Yet, these qualities (or, in some cases, lack of!) can pale into insignificance when you simply don’t get on well with each other; even should you both be unable to negotiate forming a therapeutic alliance together.
On these pages I’m going to help you make an informed decision about if I, Counsellor Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant) of Havant Private Counselling, might be the right private counsellor specifically for you.
Plus, if I help with your decision, I’ll show you how you can make your initial appointment so that we find out together if I’m the right private counsellor for you. (Or click now to go straight to: How to Begin at Havant Private 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 near me serving locations in and around 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!
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How different am I from other counsellors?
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.
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.
Dean Richardson – Private Counsellor.
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, which includes: social relationships (friends, flatmates, work colleagues etc), 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 registrant counsellor. This means his qualifications, practice, therapeutic approach, philosophy, ethics and experience have been reviewed and awarded the recognition according to the Professional Standards Authority. His registration is via the National Counselling Society: #NCS15-02454.
Dean is exclusively available through his private practice, not via the NHS, not via your GP nor your company’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) scheme.
You do not need a third-party to refer you to make arrangements; you can make contact directly to set up your own appointment for private counselling.
Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant).
c/o The Cove Therapy Rooms,
Old Stable Yard, West Street,
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.
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…
NOTICE ABOUT LOCKDOWN (last updated 11 May - next update due June).
Due to Lockdown/Coronavirus, I am continuing to suspend all face-to-face counselling sessions. Existing clients have been offered to continue sessions online or wait until face-to-face sessions are resumed.
For NEW clients (video/online): whilst I am proficient in online/video counselling, due to the sensitive/confidential nature of the subject matters in which I specialise (plus contraindications for beginning new cases such as couple/group counselling) it is unlikely that I will offer new clients a contract for online sessions. However, you are welcome to get in touch to discuss future possibilities.
For NEW clients (face-to-face): in preparation for Government Advice on services re-opening in June or July please get in contact to reserve your appointment day and time. We're expecting to hear more details about this early June.
- Mondays: 3pm, 4pm,
5pm, 6pm, 7pmor 8pm.
- Wednesdays: afternoons possibly, but not yet confirmed.
6pm, 7pm, 8pm.
- Tuesdays, Fridays & Weekends: not available.
Note: appointments indicated with
strike-through are reserved but not confirmed; they may become available when I resume my practice. You're welcome to ask to reserve one or more of these appointments for the future.
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).
Sessions are weekly (same day & time) – unfortunately I’m unable to support shift-workers.
Disabled Access & Facilities.
Havant 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.