About Group Counselling.

Sometimes, group relationships can become so strained they risk breaking up the group.

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Whether professional groups, social groups, intimate or platonic, members of a group can become so unhappy with each other that the group becomes uncooperative, even provoking disruptive or abusive behaviour (something group counsellors may call “acting out”).

Meeting with Group Counsellor Dean Richardson MNCS(Acc) MBACP(Accred) can be a helpful discharge to the group’s problems, before the work begins in earnest.

Dean provides a safe environment for groups of up to eight people. Supporting the group in working through conflicts and difficulties, putting in plans to resolve current disputes, and enabling the group to create its own working plans to deal with future difficulties.

When your group needs to resolve problems, get in contact with Dean Richardson.

Couple Counsellor Dean Richardson, Havant

Group Counselling Services Summary.

No Waiting

Unlike NHS and charity counselling services, private group counselling has no long waiting lists. As a private group counsellor & facilitator, Dean often has a free session time that could fit the group’s needs. Your group can afford to address its problems by seeing a private group counsellor.


To be effective, group counselling sessions are weekly. Any greater time between sessions will weaken the group’s work. Every group member is to attend all sessions until the work is done enough for the group to go it alone (then we will arrange for the group to end its relationship with the counsellor.


Open Ended

A group’s relationship is likely not limited by time. Group counselling is neither limited by time. We’ll clearly identify the group’s problems, then ~ if the group chooses ~ we can either work on agreed problems together, or the group can leave counselling and work on the problems themselves. The group counsellor’s role is to become (eventually) redundant to the group’s needs.

Suitable for…

Suitable for a group of adults who are related in some way (eg work related, socially, family, polyamorous etc). Group counselling helps all group members to identify what’s getting in the way of the group being able to work through the problems together.

Why Group Counselling?

We all work and live in groups such as these:-

  • Teams at work.
  • Family relationships.
  • Flat mates.
  • Neighbours.
  • Giving time to Charity.
  • Business Relationships.
  • Polyamorous groups.
  • Kink/sexual groups.

Often these groups work well together. Sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they REALLY don’t.

When groups are not working well together ~ but they have to work well ~ you’d consider Group Counselling from Dean Richardson MNCS(Acc) MBACP(Accred).

Group Counselling allows the group to:-

  • Identify the group’s conflicts, problems and triggers.
  • Define the group’s rules and goals.
  • Resolve the group’s problems.
  • Assist each other working through relationship difficulties.

Havant Counselling

Dean Richardson is an IBM-trained Business Group Facilitator. Employing additional theoretical frameworks from Family Systems/Milan Associates systemic counselling and Foulkesian group analysis, Dean Richardson MNCS(Acc) MBACP(Accred) becomes a (temporary!) member of the group, conducting the group to find its own way forward out of group conflicts.

Working weekly in sessions of 90 minutes a time, and at Dean’s Havant Offices, his aim is to become redundant to the group so that the group can work on matters ~ existing and new ~ on their own.

Ask if Group Counselling could assist your group relationships, business teams or social groups to working together effectively once more…

About Havant Counsellor.

You could choose any Havant counsellor.

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(Acc) MBACP(Accred).


A simply private choice, really.

Group Counselling Fees.

How my counselling fees work

Unlike NHS services (where you have already paid through NI taxation), private counselling will cost you some money.

The fee shown is per individual group member per weekly session (whether attended or missed). Each group session lasts 90 minutes. Groups are a minimum of 4 members and a maximum of 8 members.

My fees become due on the day of our weekly session. You may pay for your session fees online (eg bank transfer, credit/debit card payment) or in person (cash, cheque [made out to Dean Richardson], credit/debit card).

In some circumstances, my fees may be negotiable if some members of the group have an income that makes private counselling a struggle to afford. This is on a case-by-case basis and may be discussed with the whole group (e.g. how does the group manage with different people paying different amounts). I may not have any low-fees spaces available, though. Please ask…

Counselling Appointments.

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I offer counselling sessions from 1pm until 9pm (Monday through Friday). After you've chosen an appointment day and time this will stay with you until the end of our work. Sessions are (at a minimum) weekly and of 50 minutes. If you're beginning counselling for the first time, you may choose your preferred session day(s) and time(s) from the following table:-

Couples & Individuals (Havant, Hampshire)
Monday Appointments:1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm
Tuesday Appointments:Not available
Wednesday Appointments:1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm
Thursday Appointments:1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm
Friday Appointments:Not available
Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)
Click to go to WaterloovilleCounselling.co.uk
Tuesday Appointments:1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm

Couples & Individuals (Havant, Hampshire)
Tue:Not Available
Wed:1pm or 3pm
Thu:6pm or 7pm
Fri:Not Available
Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)
Visit WaterloovilleCounselling.co.uk
Tue:1pm, 2pm, 6pm or 7pm

Waiting lists may be available for unlisted times.

NOTICE: Dean is not available from Monday 19th February to Sunday 25th February (inclusive), though he may still be available to respond to enquiries and emails.

Times in red are the most popular, and usually the first to go.

Counselling sessions are (at a minimum) weekly and on the same day and time each week.

Optionally, you may wish to come more than once a week and you can even come for longer than 50 minutes (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 ending.

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 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.

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