About Individual Counselling.

Sometimes, you want to talk with someone who you trust.

Discussing private matters openly, but in complete confidence, with a highly experienced counsellor such as Dean Richardson, can feel refreshing to the soul.

But then, once that relief is experienced, deeper subjects can begin to be looked at in counselling. Such a deeper trust can allow you to work through personal matters with Dean… until you have no further need of counselling.

To a counsellor you don’t have to justify yourself, you don’t have to feel you’re explaining things to someone who just won’t get it (like a family member asking: “Have you tried not being depressed?”).

When you are burdened by personal troubles, and friends and family are insufficiently trained to help you work them through, the private counselling services from Dean Richardson can help you address distress and conflicts.

You don’t even need to understand why you’re coming into counselling. You and Dean can talk that over your reservations too, before you decide to continue meeting together.

Just learning that someone is on your side can be enough to feel that counselling was worth trying.

Havant Counselling Dean Richardson

Individual Counselling Summary.

No Waiting

NHS and charity counselling services often make you wait until the next counsellor is available. Going to a private counsellor, you may often be seen within by next week. Dean also has a limited number of low-fee cases too so you can afford to go private…


Effective counselling demands that you attend no more often, and no less often, than weekly. More time than this can leave the counselling ineffective and waste your money. Weekly sessions also help with your budgeting.


Brief or Longer

Private counselling is not limited by time nor number of sessions (NHS may offer you up to 6 maximum). When you need time to talk things through, private counselling is ideal. We can also discuss and agree a set number of sessions too.


Suitable for…

Suitable for an individual who needs to talk over some personal difficulties. You may be puzzled about your behaviour, or in some emotional distress. Individual counselling can help with this.

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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Specialist One-to-One Counselling.

As a vastly experienced counsellor, now into his twenty-first year of practice, Dean is able to work with a large number of difficulties that individuals face, from a very wide range of different people.

In addition, during the years of his practice Dean has formed a number of specialities with individuals in one-on-one counselling:-

For the More Unusual Types of Personal Difficulties.

Perhaps you’ve been seeking a counsellor who would work with your particular need from one-on-one counselling, but didn’t find anyone who fitted the bill. You may find that Dean’s proclivity for the more unusual types of personal difficulties would make Dean a good choice when considering individual counselling.

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)
…then you'd be interested in trying out Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant).

A simply private choice, really.

Individual Counselling Fees.

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.

Appointments for Counselling.

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:-

Choose your Weekly Day & Time.

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.

Appointment Availability:

  • Mondays: 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm or 8pm.
  • Wednesdays: afternoons possibly, but not yet confirmed.
  • Thursdays: 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.

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Waiting lists may be available for unlisted times.

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. You may wish to come more than once a week. You may also choose a 90 minute session (by prior arrangement).  Unfortunately I'm unable to support shift-workers.

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: it can be helpful to bring up the idea of ending counselling first. Sometimes the need to end may be a mask for something else (avoiding difficult feelings, can't say something, acting out 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 you might like to say goodbye.

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Planned Breaks.

The following table lists the dates of my planned breaks this year (i.e. when I am not available).

  • Monday 25th May 2020.
  • Monday 6th July 2020 to Sunday 26th July 2020 (21 days).
  • Monday 31st August 2020 to Sunday 6th September 2020 (7 days).
  • Monday 19th October 2020 to Sunday 25th October 2020 (7 days).
  • Monday 14th December 2020 to Sunday 3rd January 2021 (21 days).

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