Counsellor Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant).

  • Over 20+ years applied experience 100%
  • Qualified Individual (Psychodynamic) Counsellor 100%
  • Qualified Couple (Systemic/Psychodynamic) Counsellor 100%
  • National Foundation in Group Analytical (Foulksian/Psychodynamic) Counselling 100%
  • Cognitive Behavioural Approach to Counselling 100%
  • 30 hours (minimum) Continual Professional Development per year 100%
  • Minimum 90 minutes monthly supervisory consultation. 100%
  • Accredited by National Counselling Society. Member of Psychotherapy & Counselling Union. 100%

When you’re seeking private counselling in and around Havant, Dean Richardson NCS(Accredited Registrant) is a good choice as a highly experienced (over 20 years), fully qualified, accredited, counsellor working in his own private practice in central Havant (Hampshire, UK).

He works with adult individuals, couples (intimate, platonic, straight, gay, mixed etc) and small groups.

Dean began formal training in 1999 with the training centre Chichester Counselling Services, being awarded the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (course accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). Whilst continuing to practise counselling in charity, he set up his own private counselling practice in 2010, adding the Diploma in Psychodynamic/Systemic Couple Counselling followed by the Institute of Group Analysis’s National Foundation in Group Analysis to his portfolio.

Dean is accredited and registered the National Counselling Society – a process that demonstrates his experience, professionalism and adherence to ethics. His full profession title is: Registered & Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist.

Dean continues to enhance his understanding and practice with monthly supervisory consultations, continued professional development and membership of the Counselling & Psychotherapy Union of Great Britain.

Dean’s Approach to Counselling.

Different counsellors practice different models of therapy using different theoretical frameworks, and do so in different ways. Dean Richardson has more than 20 years experience and his approach as a private practice counsellor may well not be like you’ve seen on a television drama, or on Celebrity Big Brother, or anyone playing the part of (their imagined version of) a counsellor.

To work with Dean in private counselling you must be capable of looking after yourself and your needs (emotionally, symptomatically etc.) in-between counselling sessions. If you believe that you will wish to make ad-hoc contact with Dean during the week, or when you are in distress, then Dean is not offering the counselling service you believe you’re looking for.

Change Requires Knowledge. You will learn about yourself in counselling with Dean. You may not like what you learn. It can be helpful to have a source of courage (and/or resilience) to hear and learn about yourself.

In his private counselling practice, it is Dean’s philosophy that you are the solution to your ailments, but (at some deeper level) have forgotten that you have this resource. Early experiences in your life may have influenced you into your present inaction & inability. The counselling work may look into how this came about, in order to release you from your current story, so that you might be able to begin writing a new story going forward.

Dean offers a Therapeutic Partnership. If you’re seeking someone who will join you in seeking knowledge about your difficulties, who will work alongside you as a kinda-of temporarily “partner in crime”, and if you’re prepared to put in a similar amount of work into this arrangement as the counsellor will… then Dean could be just the counsellor you’re looking for.

Important to Note.

  • Dean is not trained to work with children, or people who are currently experiencing addiction (narcotics/drugs, alcohol, food) who are looking for active/prescriptive treatment, nor psychotic disorders (e.g. breaks with reality) nor other forms of therapy such as hypnotherapy. Seek a specialist in those areas.
  • Dean does not accept enquiries for appointments being made by a third party (e.g. making an appointment for someone else / trying to send someone to counselling). The person seeking counselling must make their own autonomous decision to engage with the counselling process, including making the initial enquiry.
  • If you believe a counsellor’s role is to listen to your difficulties and then prescribe to you how to go about dealing with these difficulties (like a GP’s prescriptive approach would), this would be a fundamental misunderstanding of what counselling aims to achieve. Consider looking into meeting with a Life Coach ( if you’re looking for someone who might offer solutions to your difficulties.

If the above information challenges your imagination about what counselling is (or what you thought it was), if the information brings you down to earth with a bit of a bump and maybe leaves you abstaining from experiencing what a real therapeutic relationship with Dean could be like, perhaps take a look at the local counsellors listed on Counselling Directory to find someone who matches what you’re really seeking.

Trust in Counsellor Dean Richardson.

When seeking private counselling, you can trust counsellor Dean Richardson. He is a fully qualified and properly registered counsellor. His private counselling practice is accredited by the National Counselling Society (NCS) of Great Britain.

Accreditation with the NCS confirms Dean’s substantial experience and adherence to a documented ethical approach to his counselling services.

Dean’s professional development over 20+ years expands on his original qualifying diploma in psychodynamic counsellor and incorporates a post-graduate diploma in couple counselling, a foundation in group analysis to offer group counselling and integrates additional therapeutic models such as CBT/Cognitive Behavioural approach and a group-facilitation approach.

Click to read Frequently Asked Questions on Counselling.

Does Counselling Help… really?

If a major purpose of counselling is to reduce distress levels (by bringing understanding to counter fear and raise personal affect), then, yes, counselling works.

During a period that CORE was used for measured outcome, every client using counselling with Dean* experienced a reduction of distress and an improvement in their CORE-34 measurement levels.

Before Counselling Begins…After Counselling Ends…
[Severe][Low Level]
[Moderately Severe][Mild]

*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.

Specialist Areas in Counselling.

Counselling for Blokes

As a bloke, you might get the idea that it takes balls to first walk into the counsellor’s office.

But then after meeting with Dean you’ll know that it’s really less about courage and more about facing the intangible sense of weakness we carry within us.

Men who have met with Dean have regularly found him to be the bloke they want to talk with when they have some problems to share.

When you need to have that experience as if you’re talking to a mate down the pub, but that he’s a professional, he’ll keep it to himself, and that he supports you rather than telling you what to do, you’d meet with Counsellor Dean Richardson.

Details page for: Counselling for Men (Havant).

LGBT/(QI) Counselling - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Questioning and Intersex

Fortunately, most counsellors (nowadays) will work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and the sexually curious/questioning people without question.

Unfortunately, some counsellors still decline to do so (whether it’s down to religious reasons or other factors that go against their professional membership body’s recommendations).

I’d ask you: why go to a counsellor who’s not comfortable with LGBT/Questioning when Dean Richardson is a specialist in LGBT/Q counsellor?

When you’re struggling with sexuality, or difficulties with lifestyle, Dean could be the GSRD* / LGBT counsellor for you.

FUN FACT: Dean has a website dedicated to Counselling for LGBT Couples:

Details page for: LGBT/QI Counselling with Dean Richardson.

*GSRD: Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversities.

Counselling for Unwanted Sexual Behaviour

As men we keep our sexual fantasies to ourselves. Nothing wrong with this. When we get some privacy at home we might light the touchpaper and go with what excites us.

But what happens when our fantasies start to leak into our real lives?

Who do we talk to when we begin venturing into the taboo … or into the illegal … ?

When you find that your sexual fantasies are starting grow beyond your management and you’re concerned that you may be heading towards committing a sexual offence (or you have done in the past and you want to lay this to rest), this would be the time to consider Dean Richardson.

Details page for: Counselling for Men’s Unwanted Sexual Behaviour.

Brief/Focused Counselling

Brief/Focal psychodynamic counselling employs the same psychodynamic approach as long-term counselling does, but achieves a shorter amount of time in counselling by focusing only upon specific matters (so, any conversational “wandering” around topics is put aside in order to concentrate on the agreed focus).

The counsellor and client must be motivated and willing to spot and to disregard irrelevant topics.

Brief/focal counselling works well with setting an agreed number of sessions at the start.

Psychodynamic Counselling

Do you have the sense that you may be carrying around baggage from your past? Baggage that’s continuing to effect your present-day life?

Psychodynamic Counselling helps to tackle this sense, taking its theoretical framework original & expanded research from Sigmund Freud, Karl Jung, Melanie Klein, Donald Winnicott, Wilfred Bion etc.

We say that there are both conscious and unconscious parts of our minds. Sometimes these parts are happy with each other, and sometimes they are not.

Stress, depression and unexplained behaviour may be hypothetically attributed to conflict between the unconscious and conscious minds. A psychodynamic counselling approach attempts to bring understanding to the conflicts, and once understood the client will discover choices.

Working in partnership with a counsellor adept with the psychodynamic approach helps to form a therapeutic alliance that can begin to work through deeply held emotional conflicts, leaving baggage behind.

Details page for: Counselling for Individuals.

Systemic/Psychodynamic Couple Counselling

A couple that is in trouble in their relationship will have created a system of conflict. The couple may not be aware of the system, only that they seem to be trapped in an unending cycle of arguments and unhappy behaviour.

Systemic Counselling: helps the couple begin to understand what’s actually going on in their relationship’s system. With new knowledge comes choices of how the couple may begin change their reactions and responses to each other. Combined with a Psychodynamic approach, the couple is helped to understand how their relationship system functions in the context of what each of them bring individually, bring them choice and management over their relationship conflicts.

Details page for: Counselling for Couple Relationships.

Situations I may choose not work with…

As an ethical counsellor in private practice, there are areas that I am not capable of working with (and a couple that I may not feel comfortable working with). I think it’s important to give you an informed decision about working with me.

  • As a client you must find the capacity to be able to work along with me as the counsellor. If you’re thinking of presenting your problems to someone, in the hope that they will resolve them for you, then it’s probably not a counsellor you want.
  • I do not provide instruction on how to resolve your personal problems, your relationship conflicts nor your group dysfunction. I do, however, use skills to assist you in discovering these for yourself/yourselves.
  • You must be able to look after yourself in between counselling meetings (or have a support network).
  • I do not work with people experiencing serious psychiatric disorders (e.g. bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder etc).
  • I am unable to work with people who are unable to tell the difference between reality and non-reality (e.g. a psychosis or paranoid delusion). Mild phantasies (“I think no-one likes me”) is absolutely fine to work with me.
  • I am a counsellor/psychotherapist. This is not the same as a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a psychoanalyst or a GP/Doctor. I do not provide diagnoses nor prescribe medication.
  • I only work with adults aged 18 years and over. I have no training in working with children.
  • I will not accept requests to see someone who is being “sent” to me by a third party; no matter how well intended.
  • Other difficulties I may decline to work with if I consider myself too inexperienced in the subject area.

Couple counselling:

  • I am qualified in working with domestic violence, but I may choose to decline.
  • Couple Counselling cannot “fix” your partner for you. If you both wish to participate in looking at the relationship’s difficulties, you will be welcome.

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