- 1 Counselling for Men. The Havant Shoulder Blokes Lean On.
- 1.1 Why Counselling for Men?
- 1.2 Topics Men Talk About in Counselling.
- 1.2.1 About Anger or Rage.
- 1.2.2 About Depression in Men.
- 1.2.3 About Life Events and Stages.
- 1.2.4 About Using our Heads.
- 1.2.5 About Sex and Masturbation (Wanking).
- 1.2.6 About Gender and Gender Identity.
- 1.2.7 About Emotional Overload.
- 1.2.8 About Work Stress.
- 1.2.9 About Sexual Abuse of Men.
- 1.2.10 About Physical Violence or Bullying.
- 1.2.11 About Relationship Difficulties.
- 1.2.12 About Business Behavioural Skills.
- 1.2.13 About our Sexuality.
- 1.2.14 About Growing Older and Death.
- 1.2.15 About Cross-dressing / transvestism.
- 1.2.16 About Not Knowing what the Fuck is going on!
- 1.2.17 About Unwanted Sexual Behaviour & Sexual Offences.
- 1.3 Does Counselling Work?
- 1.4 Men Choose this Counsellor.
- 1.5 A Guarantee in Counselling.
- 1.6 About Havant Counsellor.
- 1.7 Individual Counselling Fees.
- 1.8 Individual Counselling
- 1.9 Counselling Appointments.
- 1.10 Free Appointment Notifications!
- 1.11 Planned Breaks.
- 1.12 Got a Question? Don't Hold Back…
Counselling for Men.The Havant Shoulder Blokes Lean On.
When a Bloke needs to lean on a local, Professional Bloke to discuss Bloke-Stuff in private and in confidence.
Why Counselling for Men?
And if you’re thinking that then let me tell you some good news.
We’re just blokes; and as a bloke sometimes we just want to talk stuff over with another bloke… in private.
Unfortunately, when we have something we can’t tell our mates down the pub who do we turn to?
Whilst it’s true that a majority of counsellors are women, as a man we very often feel much more comfortable discussing some of our more private and serious matters with another man.
This is when we find counselling for men useful!
And the good news about Counsellor Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant)…
…he’s also just a bloke.
Something Men can Use.
Here’s the low-down:
Counselling isn’t all about tears, emotions, grabbing another tissue nor confessing to the counsellor why we’re feeling like a failure.
Some of us counsellors know that people are made up of more than just emotions: we’re thoughts, behaviours, somatic responses and (sometimes) our bodies and minds doing shit-illy odd things that distress us but we can’t figure out what’s going on… in addition to the more emotional stuff!
When thinking about meeting with a male counsellor for the first time, it can take a bloke a hell of a lot of courage to walk into the counsellor’s rooms ready to talk through life’s tough crap.
But, as men, we find that courage… and find that counselling helps us.
A Partnership with You.
FORTUNATELY… men seeking counselling are happy to learn that Dean Richardson works in partnership with men (rather than sitting in silence, occasionally saying “Hmmm”).
Such partnerships help both blokes in the room to find comprehension and (re)solutions that actually address problems. As well as forging a bond that becomes enormously valuable.
Whilst there still may be truth in the phrase: “Men Think, Women Feel”, counselling for men is about finding stuff that works specifically you… particularly when it hasn’t been working all that well lately.
Counselling Services Summary.
Suitable for a bloke who wants to talk in confidence about the shit he can’t go into with his mates down the pub. And who wants to meet with another bloke in an all-male setting.
Brief or Longer
Some blokes work fast, and some want more time. Dean’s service is not limited by time nor a set number of sessions. We can be creative together and decide as we go along, or set a number of sessions up front.
As a minimum, counselling will be 50 minutes each week. But you may come more often and there are 90 minute sessions. It’s about catering for a wide rage of blokes’ needs.
When you contact your GP, or telephone your local charity counselling service, you will often find you have to wait for weeks… or months. Meeting with Dean can be as soon as next week.
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!
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Topics Men Talk About in Counselling.
How can you actually use counselling?
Let’s face it – you’re an intelligent bloke. You’re interested in learning what’s going on with you and why you might seek a counsellor. So what kinds of topics do men seek to work upon in counselling?
About Anger or Rage.
With Counselling for Anger in Men we’ll look at your anger as being a form of a communication. When a man’s position on something is not being understood, men can find angry behaviour (e.g. threatening physical violence) can get them understood… very quickly. The problem, though, comes when the rage acts out all by itself, out of control, and the man is unable to clearly communicate what he needs (e.g. why he is angry, what about the situation he wants changing, what he need from others); he’s failing to get across clearly what he needs. This is not anger management. This is what comes before anger management. Together, we’ll try to learn what fuels your anger in order to loosen its grip on you and to give you some choices on how you respond.
About Depression in Men.
We’re blokes. We get up, we work, we (sometimes) achieve goals, we go home. When something knocks us off our feet we might call it man flu! So when depression kicks in (and I don’t just mean “feeling sad”) many of us men don’t know what it is, nor how to deal with it.
Taking anti-depressants can mask the symptoms of depression, but they don’t address the cause. Counselling for Depression in Men can help work through the root-cause(s) and to relieve the depression.
About Life Events and Stages.
Sometimes life events catch us off guard. We’re running along happily and then we have news: “I’m pregnant!”. We didn’t know that we’d panic, or that we’d think: “I won’t be able to handle this”. Life stages can take us unprepared: buying a house, getting married, having children, changing jobs, becoming redundant, a celebration going too far (drunkenness), children leaving home, retirement. A sudden jolt plus having no-one talk with can be awful… until you think about some short-term counselling.
About Using our Heads.
As blokes, we can tend to ‘act’ and ‘think’ rather than “feel”. Differences between emotions and thoughts: if I ask you “how do you feel” and your answer is to describe your behaviour, perhaps feelings are a foreign language.
About Sex and Masturbation (Wanking).
Let’s face it: wanking is one of the best things us blokes have been given! Yet, when masturbation begins to interfere with our relationships, or other parts of our lives, losing the pleasure of having a wank once, twice or more times a day becomes to be problem. When a man’s life changes (he forms a significant relationship, he suffers ill health, he gets older) his own relationship with sex and masturbation may become a struggle to change too.
About Gender and Gender Identity.
Sometimes, some of our thoughts, our feelings and our behaviour might make us believe we’re becoming something “men aren’t supposed to do”. Quite different from male-to-female (MTF) and female-to-male (FTM) gender reassignment, or being “gay”, as blokes we can learn the language our heads speak in.
About Emotional Overload.
Blokes were taught not to show emotions. So where do we put them? Suppressing emotions works for many of us… for a time… until there are too many things to suppress, and then we’re in trouble. Think: emotional rubbish bin that’s not being emptied.
About Work Stress.
As men we were designed to kill boars to feed our family. Working on computer, in offices, in meetings can sometimes feel so wrong for us. We grow with work stress and can’t manage. In counselling we’ll look at the root causes of work stress (sometimes not so obvious) to help you manage more effectively.
About Sexual Abuse of Men.
As boys, if we were sexually abused (whether mildly or severely) it’s possible that we had no-one to turn to; no-one who would believe us. So we kept our abuse to ourselves. We might even have thought it was our fault. Today our abusers are being outed and prosecuted. Counselling for Sexual Abuse in Men can help bring the closure we need.
About Physical Violence or Bullying.
If you’re experiencing physical violence (whether harm done to you or you’re harming others) we’ll work out ways to help manage the abuse, and to have it stop. If this is due to your anger, for example, we’ll look at the causes behind the anger.
If violence is related to bullying (whether you or someone else is the bully), we can talk about what’s behind the behaviour to bring understanding. With understanding you can interrupt and bypass your violent behaviour.
About Relationship Difficulties.
Assistance in helping you understand what might be going wrong in your marriage/partnership… and how to change things.
We can talk about why your mates always seem to end up telling you to ‘fuck off’, or why each of your new relationships keep ending suddenly, or why it’s harder for you to just get along with those other people who seem to have so much baggage nowadays.
About Business Behavioural Skills.
Corporate workplaces can lead our stress levels to climb. It appears to us that only those working 24/7/365 get promoted and we can’t give that amount of effort. We can talk about how to manage your needs so that you might work in a way that fits much better with how you’re built.
About our Sexuality.
The number of ‘modern’ men today seem to have no problem about their fluid-sexuality, It seems that every week someone famous tells us about their non-standard sexuality. Is it really non-standard? We can talk together about any sexuality confusion you may be having to help you understand, come to terms, and find peace with it.
About Growing Older and Death.
Time passes, we grow, we get stronger, life is good. Then we notice changes, perhaps we’re balding, we’re less strong, less fast, we notice that more of our peers are dying. The phrase “over the hill” begins to mean something to us, and we grow frightened. This wasn’t supposed to happen to us. Talking through our concerns with a counsellor can help put things into perspective, and frees us to enjoy the fewer stages of life that we have left.
About Cross-dressing / transvestism.
I know that cross-dressing (transvestism, drag etc) isn’t necessarily a reflection on one’s sexuality. Dressing in another identity’s clothes is a relief for many who identify otherwise as cis-male and/or heterosexual. But ones family, friends, and social position can make cross-dressing something we keep secret, and such secrets can wear us down…
About Not Knowing what the Fuck is going on!
As men, we’re kinda supposed to be in charge (sorry, but we can feel that we are). So when our heads and bodies start to give off symptoms and we don’t know what the fuck is going on… we’ll bury it! Talking with Dean in counselling can help you get an idea of what your head and heart are saying, so that you can go supply what your body needs.
About Unwanted Sexual Behaviour & Sexual Offences.
Are you concerned about your sexual behaviour escalating towards committing an offence?
Have you discovered sexual imagery on the Internet that has excited you, but now you can’t stop looking; effecting your life?
Have you engaged in sexual experiences that you have to keep secret, and now the stress is getting on top of you?
Maybe you have already committed an act that the law might call “gross indecency” or a “sexual offence” and you wish desperately to talk about moving your behaviour towards a better place?
The first thing I’d want you to know is that provided no-one else is being harmed I will be able to offer you complete confidentiality and privacy. This is so that we may talk about what’s on your mind and to help you plan a way forward out of distressing sexualised behaviour. You DO have a choice about your sexual behaviour… and I can help you strengthen such choice. I offer an unjudged therapeutic relationship that will allow us (maybe a bit at a time – depending on how well you manage the sessions) to talk about what happened, what is happening, where thing are going, and how to plan behaviour that will suit you better in the future.
Does Counselling Work?
If a main aim of counselling is to reduce distress levels (by bringing understanding to counter fear and raise personal affect) in order to promote self-autonomy and to discover ones own solutions, then every client using counselling with Dean* experienced an improvement in their distress levels.
|Before Counselling Begins…||→||After Counselling Ends…|
*The table uses anonymous data from individuals counselling with Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant) during 2009-2010.
Data was taken and measured using CORE Outcome Measure (CORE-OM 34).
CORE-OM 34 covers four dimensions: subjective well-being, problems / symptoms, life functioning and risk/harm.
The data shows that every client experienced improvements in distress levels.
Men Choose this Counsellor.
Where a bloke can be himself in Therapy.
Dean Richardson has been a popular choice for men seeking a counsellor in the local Havant area for several years.
As men, when we have a tonne of crap on our shoulders it can appear to us as if society expects us just to shut up and carry on.
We need a break.
Counselling for Blokes can be a place where a man can be just himself, work through some important stuff, and then go home.
One wouldn’t break a leg and be expected to “walk it off”. So why do many of us men treat a mental break with any less seriousness?
In counselling, a man doesn’t have to be concerned about any other person’s needs other than his own. He doesn’t have to remember to bring home the shopping, get the baby’s nappies, bring home a gift for his partner (for an anniversary that he forgot again), doesn’t have to be politically correct and doesn’t have to watch his language.
Sometimes, a man needs a place where he can give up the stereotypical macho appearance he thinks is expected of him.
Counselling Tools and Processes for Men.
Let’s face it – we’re just plain old blokes.
In the way distant past, our jobs were to go out and kill Woolly Mammoths in order to feed our family. We were not required to understand things from the Mammoth’s point of view.
In the present day, though, modern life can leave some of us men a bit puzzled. Situations such as:-
- why our partner has become annoyed with us,
- why the kids are making us have a headache again,
- why, one morning, we suddenly forgot the direction to drive to work,
- why our boss has just unloaded a shit load of pain on us, why we can’t sleep at night,
- why we’re get addicted to stuff that’s not very healthy for our bodies,
- why sometimes we get irrational pains in our chests, can’t breath, and we think we’re dying (sometimes called a ‘panic attack’),
- why we just dumped a tonne of rage onto a customer.
Dean’s “Bloke” Approach to Counselling.
How does the following information strike you?
- 63% of Dean Richardson’s clients (2012-2013) were male (during summer 2015, 100% of clients were male).
- Everyone who goes to counselling is in need of some assistance; a professional service (think: doctor, dentist, solicitor, estate agent…). Counselling is not about going because of being a failure
- Counselling can be brief – just a couple of sessions can be just enough to get back on your feet again.
- Knowledge: in counselling, we’ll shed some understanding on some of the odd behaviour that might be going on around you. Helping us to make sense of things.
- Cognitive / Somatic / Behavioural / Feelings: we’ll look at matters going on for you from a 360° perspective (not just “feelings”).
- We’ll aim to get you back on your feet soon… then we’ll prepare to say “bye!” (ending counselling well can be as important as beginning it).
Dean rarely sits in total silence for the whole session (or just “hmm”‘s). He doesn’t ask you to fill in forms, give you tests, ask you to paint your feelings, to waft scarves in the air, look at ink blots or makes you talk about stuff that you really don’t want to.
It’s pretty much two men, sat in chairs, having a really good conversation… a conversation with a specific & helpful purpose.
A Guarantee in Counselling.
As a counsellor, Dean has worked with many different men, with many different subjects, in counselling.
You might not be surprised that several men were sceptical!
“my wife told me to go”,
“some really odd things have been happening to me”,
“I don’t understand why life is so shit”,
“how can you help if I don’t know what’s wrong?”.
Dean’s approach to counselling isn’t done to you. It’s a partnership (a sort of temporary kind of friendship or alliance) between him and you; a process that makes counselling effective.
Dean’s Counselling Guarantee Includes:-
- He won’t sit for 50 minutes in silence (or just saying ‘hmmm’).
- He will answer your questions (rather than avoid them with psychological tricks).
- He won’t fuck around with your head, and whilst sometimes he might ask something, or say something, that leaves you thinking: ‘shit, that was a bit harsh, mate!’ he will always be up for feedback and to talk about what made it seem harsh to you.
- He won’t make you talk about stuff you’re not ready to… at least nor ready yet.
- He won’t make you feel as though you’re mental, insane, or anything less than the man you are.
About Havant Counsellor.
You could choose any counsellor in and around Havant .
Yet, when you think that this may be the most personal, private and vulnerable you're going to be with a professional, you'd choose:
- someone you can trust,
- someone who demonstrated highly competent skills and ethics,
- who spoke plain English (not lots of psychobable),
- who's as happy to swear as much as you do,
- who makes you an equal part of the therapeutic partnership (e.g. doesn't just sit in silence, saying "Hmm" for 50 minutes)…
A simply private choice, really.
Individual Counselling Fees.
Individual CounsellingCounselling for Personal Needs
- Suitable for individuals
- Suitable for couples
- Suitable for groups
- Payable weekly
- Available in Havant
- Available online video
- 50 minute session
- 90 minute session (£75)
How Counselling Fees Work.
Unlike NHS services (where you have already paid through NI taxation), private counselling will cost you some money.
Individual Counselling sessions are weekly, and last for a standard 50 minutes (with the option to book 90 minute sessions if you prefer). Although sessions are once a week (except for holidays), you may also attend more than once a week if we both think that this would be helpful.
Our sessions will continue one or both of us thinks that we've done enough; then we'll have a conversation about bringing our counselling work to a close.
Fees are payable on the day of our session.
You may pay your counselling fees online (e.g. by a bank transfer, credit/debit card payment or PayPal) or pay in person (cash, cheque [made out to Dean Richardson], credit/debit card).
Restricted Income: If I have spaces available, a lower fee is negotiable should your income make private counselling a struggle to afford. This is not charity (you still must contribute a fee) and it will involve discussing your income and expenditure with the aim to discover a rate that you can afford responsibly. I do not always have any lower-fee spaces available, so please ask when you first get in contact.
I offer counselling sessions on Mondays and Thursdays (~5pm until 9pm) and Wednesdays (~noon to 4pm). After we have agreed a day & time for your weekly counselling appointment this day & time will stay with you until the end of our work.
When beginning counselling for the first time you can choose your preferred session day(s) and time(s) from the following table:-
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|Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)|
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|Tuesday Appointments:||Waiting list (contact me to discuss)|
|Couples & Individuals (Havant, Hampshire)|
|Mon:||Waiting List (contact me)|
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|Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)|
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|Times in red are the most popular, and usually the first to go.|
Counselling sessions are (at a minimum) weekly, last for 50 minutes, and on the same day and time each week.
Optionally, you may wish to come more than once a week. You may even choose a weekly 90 minute session length (by prior arrangement).
Our counselling work together continues for as long (or as brief) as we both think it's helpful… and then we'll look at bringing our work to a close.
Fees are due on the day of the session (cash, cheque [made out to Dean Richardson], credit & debit cards).
Ending counselling: rather than one day saying "I'm ending counselling today" it is helpful to bring up the idea of ending counselling in session first. Sometimes the need to end may be a mask for something else (avoiding difficult feelings, can't say something, acting out loss etc) and it can be helpful to distinguish, together, what ending may mean in our work. We'll talk about endings with some thought and some planning on how we might say goodbye.
The following table lists the dates of my planned breaks this year (i.e. when I am not available).
- Monday 28th October 2019 to Sunday 3rd November 2019 (7 days).
- Monday 16th December 2019 to Thursday 2nd January 2020 (18 days).
Got a Question? Don't Hold Back…
Got a question about Dean Richardson's counselling services in Havant (Hampshire)? Want to make contact, maybe asking about a first appointment? Send Dean a message any time…