Distinctly Private Counselling.

Private counselling services serving Central Havant, Petersfield to Waterlooville, Cosham to Portsmouth & Southsea, Southampton to Chichester, Fareham to Gosport, Hayling Island, residents anywhere in between and regularly further afield!

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a “talking therapy”. It’s a place where people may have conversations about their problems with a trained professional. Such conversations can be about difficult feelings and/or being puzzled over your behaviour. In Havant Counselling, you will become an active participant in the way that your conversations will invite queries from your counsellor. As a distinct form of therapy, you’ll be invited to attend regular, weekly sessions. Sessions are private, confidential, same time & day, and they will always be with the same counsellor.

When you want distinct support in making autonomous changes to your life, or you wish to explore troubling thoughts and feelings in depth with someone who is experienced in this sort of thing, private counselling could be for you.

What Counselling is not: Counselling is not a service where you’ll be told what to do to resolve your difficulties. There are no prescribed solutions offered (like a GP might), no “do these three tasks and everything will be fine”. Private Counselling mines with a more effective set of tools: your own creativity, inspiration and insight (acknowledging that such resources may not be in great supply to begin with) and it’s done through regular conversation (this is not an ad-hoc/attend when you like service)… going at your pace… and together with your counsellor.

Maybe think of it like this: your private counsellor becomes the passenger in your car, and he’ll accompany 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 one go or done in stages – the journey is completed together until you reach a good-enough place to stop; then go your separate ways (see also: “How Many Counselling Sessions will I need?”)

Counsellor Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant) ~ Registration #NCS15-02454.

Creating distinctly effective therapeutic relationships ~ together with every new client.

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Counselling in Havant by Dean Richardson.

Individual Counselling

Got something personal to work through? Something distinctly private?

Grow to trust your therapeutic relationship with experienced counsellor: Dean Richardson and work through such personal matters. For one-on-one counselling.

Counselling theoretical framework based upon psychodynamic, CBT and integrative principles.

Read: “Individual Counselling…”

Couple Counselling

Severe relationship conflicts? Difficulties in your marriage?

Work through couple conflicts with experienced relationship counsellor: Dean Richardson. He’ll become a part of your distinct relationship until you make him redundant.

Therapeutic framework based on sound (family) systemic and psychodynamic principles.

Read: “Couple Counselling…”

Group Counselling

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.

Based on sound group-analytical & psychodynamic principles.

Read: “Group Counselling…”

LGBT /Q Counselling

Need a specialist Ally in LGBT Counselling?

Unlike heteronormative counsellors, Dean specialises in counselling with lesbian women, gay men, bisexual, sexuality-questioning people and fluidity. Distinctly more than a GSD ally.

Based on sound therapeutic approaches and personal research.

Read: “LGBT/Q Counselling…”

Havant Counsellor Dean Richardson
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Havant Counsellor Dean Richardson

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Distinct Counselling…

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.

On time…

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.

Travel to Havant Counselling.

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Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant).
c/o The Cove Therapy Rooms,
12 West Street,
PO9 1PF.

Just across the road from St. Faith’s Church. Entrance gate to the left of Endless Gifts (pictured).

For details on travelling to and from Havant Counselling, including:-

  • Car travel routes, car parks (and costs) / on-street parking & GPS Navigation.
  • Bus & train routes to and from Havant.
  • Taxi services.

Gate Entrance to Havant Counselling

Book your first Counselling Session.

Generally, I work from 1pm until 9pm (Monday to Friday). Once you decide on a session day & time, that time stays with you until we have completed our work. Sessions are weekly and are of 50 minutes (with optional 90 minutes available).

Deciding on an appointment time? Choose from these available…

Counselling Appointments

Couples & Individuals (Havant, Hampshire)
Monday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)
Tuesday Appointments:Not available
Wednesday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)
Thursday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)
Friday Appointments:Not available
Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)
Click to go to WaterloovilleCounselling.co.uk
Tuesday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)

Couples & Individuals (Havant, Hampshire)
Mon:Waiting List (contact me to discuss)
Tue:Not Available
Wed:Waiting List (contact me to discuss)
Thu:Waiting List (contact me to discuss)
Fri:Not Available
Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)
Visit WaterloovilleCounselling.co.uk
Tue:Waiting List (contact me to discuss)

Waiting lists may be available for unlisted times.

Times in red are the most popular and usually the first to be taken.

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).

Disabled Access & Facilities.

Disabled Access Counselling HavantHavant 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…

Wheelchair Accessible Toilet Facilities at Havant Counselling
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Havant Counselling

Counselling Services ~ Client Rating
Service rating: 9.75 based on 37 ratings.
Price Range: £45 - £100
The Cove, Davies Pharmacy, Havant, Hampshire PO9 1PF
02392 987 487
Hours: Mon, Thu, Fri 5pm - 9pm Wed 12pm - 5pm