How to Choose the Best Counsellor for You.

I think you’ll agree with me when I say:- there are a lot of counsellors to choose from!

How do you choose the best counsellor for you?

Well, it turns out that the answer is very simple. Are you ready?

The best counsellor for you is… the one that you get on well with.

THAT’S THE SECRET:it’s the relationship between you and therapist that can make counselling so effective & helpful!

Yes, the counsellor’s qualifications, experience and theoretical framework are very important too, but those can count very little when you simply don’t get on well with each other.

So, on this page I’m going to help you make an informed decision about if I, Dean Richardson (Havant Counsellor), am the counsellor who is just right for you.

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a “talking therapy”. You have conversations about your problems with a trained professional. You can have conversations with your counsellor about difficult feelings, managing a difficult life circumstance or event, or about being puzzled over your behaviour.

At Havant Counselling, your conversations will invite queries from your counsellor. The counselling relationship you’ll build (through weekly, private sessions) will grow to help you to make important changes to your life. You might explore troubling – even terrifying (if you wish) – thoughts and feelings. They’ll be as shallow or as in-depth as you need – because your counsellor has experience in listening to the things you wish to talk about and will welcome any subject you have.

What Counselling is Not.

Counselling is not a service where you’ll be told what to do to resolve your difficulties.

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 you might need a little time before this gets going).

It’s done through conversation at weekly sessions… going at your pace… and together with your counsellor.

How you’ll Benefit from Counselling.

Look at it like this:-

Your private counsellor becomes the passenger in your car journey. He’ll go with 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.

You won’t be alone.

The journey is completed together until you reach a good-enough place to stop.

Then you both go your separate ways.

(see also: “How Many Counselling Sessions will I need?”)

Locations Served by Havant Counselling.

Private counselling services serving 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!

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

Celebrating entering his 21st year of practice.

Creating distinctly effective therapeutic relationships ~ together.

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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

How different am I from other counsellors?


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,
Old Stable Yard, 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:1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm
Tuesday Appointments:Fully booked
Wednesday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)
Thursday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)
Friday Appointments:Not available
Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)
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Tuesday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)

Couples & Individuals (Havant, Hampshire)
Mon:3pm or 7pm
Tue:Fully booked
Wed:Waiting List (contact me)
Thu:Waiting List (contact me)
Fri:Not Available
Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)
Tue:Waiting List (contact me)

Waiting lists may be available for unlisted times.

NOTICE: Dean is not available from Monday 17th December to Tuesday 1st January (inclusive).

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: 9.90 based on 59 ratings.
Price Range: £45 - £100
The Cove Therapy Rooms, Old Stable Yard, West Street, Havant, Hampshire PO9 1PF
02392 987 487
Hours: Mon, Thu, Fri 5pm - 9pm Wed 12pm - 5pm