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Counselling for Men 👍.The Havant Shoulder Blokes Lean On.

When it's all going a bit wrong and men are seeking someone to lean on ~ particularly when they can't speak with friends or family ~ a local male counsellor in Havant (who's also an ordinary bloke) such as Dean Richardson MNCS(Accred/Reg) is a relief at the end of a: "where can I find help?" search. Discuss Bloke-Stuff in Private and in Confidence.

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Private Services Men Use.

You might be saying to yourself: “I need a male counsellor!” After all, men who struggle with seemingly un-manly feelings like anxiety, depression and other suffering may look for someone local they can trust with unfamiliar, uncomfortable experiences.

The thing is … do men really think that counselling is useful?” 👍

Let me tell you some good newsā€¦

We’re just blokes; and as a bloke sometimes we just want to talk stuff over with another blokeā€¦ in private. Unfortunately, when we have something we can’t tell our mates down the pub or share with anyone in our family, who do we turn to?

Whilst it’s true that a majority of counsellors are women, as a man looking for another man as a counsellor we very often feel much more comfortable discussing some of our more private, intimate and serious matters with another bloke.

This is when we find Counselling for Men useful (ta da)! Someone who offers help for men suffering various ailments (anxiety, depression, unexplained behaviour (read moreā€¦)). And the good news about Counsellor Dean Richardson MNCS(Accred./Reg.)ā€¦

ā€¦he’s also just a bloke.

What is Counselling?

Here’s the low-down:

Counselling isnā€™t all about tears, emotions, grabbing a tissue nor confessing to the counsellor why we’re feeling like a failure.

Some of us counsellors know that we’re all made up of more than just emotions: we’reĀ thoughts, behaviours, somatic responsesĀ and (sometimes) our bodies and minds doing shit-illy odd things that distress us (especially when can’t figure out what’s going on)ā€¦ in addition to thatĀ emotional stuff! Counselling helps us sift through the tough crap to see the light of day.

Also, when thinking about meeting with a male counsellor it can take a bloke a hell of a lot of courage to walk into the room ready to talk for the first time.

But, as men, we find that courageā€¦ and find that counselling helps us once we get going.

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Thinking, Feeling, Behaving and Somatising - Men in Therapy

PartnershipĀ Solely with You.

Fortunatelyā€¦ men seeking counselling are relieved to learn that Dean Richardson works in a form ofĀ partnership with men (rather than sitting in silence, occasionally saying “Hmmm”, asking about feelings or suggesting we waft scarfsā€¦). In a way, he offersĀ therapeutic approaches for men with various sufferings (albeit that the “therapy” is discovered via a process that involves conversations with you, rather than prescribing “you should do this to feel better”).

These partnerships ā€¦ or therapeuticĀ alliances ā€¦ help both blokes in the room to find understanding and (re)solutions that actually begin to address problems. As well as forging a bond that can become enormously valuable, sometimes never experienced before.

Whilst there still may be truth in the phrase: ā€œMen Think, Women Feelā€, counselling for men is about finding help that works specifically youā€¦ particularly when shit hasnā€™t been working all that well lately.

Thinking Man

Counselling Benefits.



Suitable for a bloke who wants to talk in confidence about the shit he can’t go into with his mates down the pub. And who wants to meet with another bloke in an all-maleĀ setting.


Brief or Longer

Some blokes work fast, and some want more time. Dean’s service is not limited by time nor a set number of sessions. We can be creative together and decide as we go along, or set a number of sessions up front.


As a minimum, counselling will be 50 minutes each week. But you may come more oftenĀ and there are 90 minuteĀ sessions. It’s about catering for a wide rage of blokes’ needs.

Begin Soon

When you contact your GP, or telephone your local charityĀ counsellingĀ service, you will often find you have to wait for weeksā€¦ or months. Meeting with Dean can be as soon as next week.

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!

Stuff Men Discuss.

How can you actually use counselling?

Letā€™s face it ā€“ youā€™re an intelligent bloke. You’re interested in learning whatā€™s going on with you and why you might seek a counsellor. So what kinds of topics do men seek to work upon in counselling?

About Debilitating Anxiety.

With Counselling for Anxiety in Men weā€™ll work with the debilitating aspects of your mind’s response to stress and the unknown. The kind of anxiety we’re talking about here isn’t “feeling a bit anxious”; we’re talking about the exhausting, draining horror (eg terrorising chest pain) when unmanaged feelings of fear or apprehension about what’s to come leaves a man weakened and incapable of action. In doing so, we release you from being disabled back into being effective again.

About Anger or Rage.

With Counselling for Men’s Anger weā€™ll look at your anger or rage as a form of communication. When a man’s position on something becomes untenable, men can find angry behaviour (e.g. threatening physical violence) can appear to get them heardā€¦ very quickly! The problem, though, comes when anger & rage acts out by itself, out of control. The man is unable to communicate what he actually needs (e.g. “why I am angry”, “what situation I want to change”, “what I need from you”); he fails to get across what he needs. This is not anger management, this is anger comprehension. Gaining understanding invites the man to make informed decisions on how he manages his emotion. In counselling weā€™ll learn what fuels anger to loosen its grip and to give some choices on how differently you might want to respond.

About Depression in Men.

Weā€™re blokes. We get up, we work, we (sometimes) achieve goals, we go home. When something knocks us off our feet we might call it man flu! So when depression kicks in (and I don’t just mean “feeling sad”) many of us men donā€™t know what it is, nor how to deal with it.

Taking anti-depressants can mask the symptoms of depression, but they don’t address the cause. Counselling for Depression in Men can help work through the root-cause(s) and to relieve the depression.

About Life Events and Stages.

Sometimes life events catch us off guard. We’re running along happily and then we have news: “I’m pregnant!”. We didn’t know that we’d panic, or that we’d think: “I won’t be able to handle this”. Life stages can take us unprepared: buying a house, getting married, having children, changing jobs, becoming redundant, a celebration going too far (drunkenness), children leaving home, retirement. A sudden jolt plus having no-one talk with can be awfulā€¦ until you think about some short-term counselling.

About Sex and Masturbation (Wanking).

Let’s face it: wanking is one of the best things us blokes have been given! Yet, when masturbation begins to interfere with our relationships, or other parts of our lives,Ā losing the pleasure of having a wank once, twice or more times a day becomes to be problem. When a man’s life changes (he forms a significant relationship, he suffers ill health, he gets older) his own relationship with sex and masturbation may become a struggle to change too.

About Gender and Gender Identity.

Sometimes, some of our thoughts, our feelings and our behaviour might make us believe we’re becoming something “men aren’t supposed to doā€. Quite different from male-to-female (MTF) and female-to-male (FTM) gender reassignment, or being “gay”, as blokes we can learn the language our heads speak in.

About Emotional Overload.

Blokes were taught not to show emotions. So where do we put them? Suppressing emotions works for many of us… for a time… until there are too many things to suppress, and then we’re in trouble. Think: emotional rubbish bin that’s not being emptied.

About Work Stress.

As men we were designed to kill boars to feed our family. Working on computer, in offices, in meetings can sometimes feel so wrong for us. We grow with work stress and can’t manage. In counselling we’ll look at the root causes of work stress (sometimes not so obvious) to help you manage more effectively.

About Sexual Abuse of Men.

As boys, if we were sexually abused (whether mildly or severely) it’s possible that we had no-one to turn to; no-one who would believe us. So we kept our abuse to ourselves. We might even have thought it was our fault. Today our abusers are being outed and prosecuted. Counselling for Sexual Abuse in Men can help bring the closure we need.

About Grief & Loss.

Loss isn’t always about death; it can be about loss of an experience (childhood), position (chairmanship of local club), schedule (job) and lots more. When we don’t grieve loss (e.g. ignoring it), loss can way heavy in the background making life increasingly difficult. We’re unable to resolve the weight because we stopped paying attention to cause.Ā 

About Physical Violence or Bullying.

If you’re experiencing physical violence (whether harm done to you or you’re harming others) weā€™ll work out ways to help manage the abuse, and to have it stop. If this is due to your anger, for example, we’ll look at the causes behind the anger.

If violence is related to bullying (whether you or someone else is the bully),Ā we can talk about whatā€™s behind the behaviour to bring understanding. With understanding you can interrupt and bypass your violent behaviour.

About Relationship Difficulties.

Assistance in helping you understand what might be going wrong in your marriage/partnershipā€¦ and how to change things.

We can talk about why your mates always seem to end up telling you to ā€˜fuck offā€™, or why each of your new relationships keep ending suddenly, or why itā€™s harder for you to just get along with those other people who seem to have so much baggage nowadays.

About Business Behavioural Skills.

Corporate workplaces can lead our stress levels to climb. It appears to us that only those working 24/7/365 get promoted and we can’t give that amount of effort. We can talk about how to manage your needs so that you might work in a way that fits much better with how you’re built.

About our Sexuality.

The number of ā€˜modernā€™ men today seem to have no problem about their fluid-sexuality, It seems that every week someone famous tells us about their non-standard sexuality. Is it really non-standard? We can talk together about any sexuality confusion you may be having to help you understand, come to terms, and find peace with it.

About Growing Older and Death.

Time passes, we grow, we get stronger, life is good. Then we notice changes, perhaps we’re balding, we’re less strong, less fast, we notice that more of our peers are dying. The phrase “over the hill” begins to mean something to us, and we grow frightened. This wasn’t supposed to happen to us. Talking through our concerns with a counsellor can help put things into perspective, and frees us to enjoy the fewer stages of life that we have left.

About Cross-dressing / transvestism.

I know that cross-dressing (transvestism, drag etc) isn’t necessarily a reflection on one’s sexuality. Dressing in another identity’s clothes is a relief for many who identify otherwise as cis-male and/or heterosexual. But ones family, friends, and social position can make cross-dressing something we keep secret, and such secrets can wear us down…

About Using our Heads.

As blokes, we can tend to ā€˜actā€™ and ā€˜thinkā€™ rather than “feel”. Differences between emotions and thoughts: if I ask you “how do you feel” and your answer is to describe your behaviour, perhaps feelings are a foreign language.

About Not Knowing what the Fuck is going on!

As men, we’re kinda supposed to be in charge (sorry, but we can feel that we are). So when our heads and bodies start to give off symptoms and we don’t know what the fuck is going on… we’ll bury it! Talking with Dean in counselling can help you get an idea of what your head and heart are saying, so that you can go supply what your body needs.

About Unwanted Sexual Behaviour & Sexual Offences.

Are you concerned about your sexual behaviour escalating towards committing an offence?

Have you discovered sexual imagery on the Internet that has excited you, but now you can’t stop looking; effecting your life?

Have you engaged in sexual experiences that you have to keep secret, and now the stress is getting on top of you?

Maybe you have already committed an act that the law might call “gross indecency”Ā or a “sexual offence” and you wish desperately to talk about moving your behaviour towards a better place?

The first thing I’d want you to know is thatĀ provided no-one else is being harmed I will be able to offer youĀ complete confidentiality and privacy. This is so that we may talk about what’s on your mind and to help you plan a way forward out of distressing sexualised behaviour. You DO have a choice about your sexual behaviourā€¦ and I can help you strengthen such choice. I offer an unjudged therapeutic relationship that will allow us (maybe a bit at a time – depending on how well you manage the sessions) to talk about what happened, what is happening, where thing are going, and how to plan behaviour that will suit you better in the future.

Click to see main page on Unwanted Sexual Behaviour in Menā€¦

Does Counselling Work?

If a main aim of counselling is to reduce distress levels (by bringing understanding to counter fear and raise personal affect) in order to promote self-autonomy and to discover ones own solutions,Ā then every client using counselling with Dean* experienced an improvement in their distress levels.

Before Counselling Beginsā€¦ā†’After Counselling Endsā€¦
[Severe]ā†’[Low Level]
[Moderately Severe]ā†’[Mild]

*The table uses anonymous data from individuals counselling with Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant) during 2009-2010.

Data was taken and measuredĀ 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.

Why Men ChooseĀ Counselling.

Counsellor Dean Richardson MNCS(Acc/Reg) has been a popular choice for men seeking a private counsellor in Havant for several years.

As men, when we have a tonne of crap on our shoulders it can appear to us as if society expects us just to shut up and carry on.

A bloke can be himself in Therapy.

We need a break.

Counselling for Blokes can be a place where a man can be just himself, work through some important stuff, and then go home.

One wouldn’t break a leg and be expected to “walk it off”. So why do many of us men treat a mental break with any less seriousness?

In counselling, a man doesnā€™t have to be concerned about any other person’s needs other than his own. He doesnā€™t have to remember to bring home the shopping, get the baby’s nappies, bring home a gift for his partner (for an anniversary that he forgot again), doesn’t have to be politically correct and doesn’t have to watch his language.

Sometimes, a man needs a place where he can give up the stereotypical macho appearance he thinks is expected of him.

Tools and Processes.

Letā€™s face it ā€“ weā€™re just plain old blokes.

In the way distant past, our jobs were to go out and kill Woolly Mammoths in order to feed our family. We were not required to understand things from the Mammothā€™s point of view.

In the present day, though, modern life can leave some of us men a bit puzzled. Situations such as:-

  • why our partner has become annoyed with us,
  • why the kids are making us have a headache again,
  • why, one morning, we suddenly forgot the direction to drive to work,
  • why our boss has just unloaded a shit load of pain on us, why we can’t sleep at night,
  • why we’re get addicted to stuff that’s not very healthy for our bodies,
  • why sometimes we get irrational pains in our chests, can’t breath, and we think we’re dying (sometimes called a ā€˜panic attackā€™),
  • why we just dumped a tonne of rage onto a customer.

Dean’s Approach.

How does the following information strike you?

  • 63% of Dean Richardsonā€™s clients (2012-2013) were male (during summer 2015, 100% of clients were male).
  • Everyone who goes to counselling is in need of some assistance; a professional service (think: doctor, dentist, solicitor, estate agentā€¦). Counselling is not about going because of being a failure 😉
  • Counselling can be brief ā€“ just a couple of sessions can be just enough to get back on your feet again.
  • Knowledge: in counselling, weā€™ll shed some understanding on some of the odd behaviour that might be going on around you. Helping us to make sense of things.
  • Cognitive / Somatic / Behavioural / Feelings: weā€™ll look at matters going on for you from a 360Ā° perspective (not just “feelings”).
  • Weā€™ll aim to get you back on your feet soonā€¦ then we’ll prepare to say “bye!” (ending counselling well can be as important as beginning it).

Dean rarely sits in total silence for the whole session (or just “hmm”‘s). He doesn’t ask you to fill in forms, give you tests, ask you to paint your feelings, to waft scarves in the air, look at ink blots or makes you talk about stuff that you really don’t want to.

Itā€™s pretty much two men, sat in chairs, having a really good conversationā€¦ a conversation with a specific & helpful purpose.

About Dean @ Havant Counselling.

You could choose any counsellor in and around Havant, 'natch!

Yet, when you think that this may be the most personal, private and vulnerable you're going to be with someone professional, you'd probably choose:

  • someone you can grow to trust,
  • someone who demonstrates highly competent skills, ethics and sensitivity.
  • someone who speaks plain English (rather than psychobabble),
  • someone who's as happy to use base/swearing language as much (or as little) as you do,
  • someone who considers himself a frank, no bullshit counsellor, particularly you when you're in need of an authentic response (rather than an "hmm"),
  • someone who would become an equal part of your therapeutic partnership (e.g. doesn't just sit mostly in silence for 50 minutes).
Does this peak your interest in meeting Dean @ Havant Counselling to experience all of this this for real?

Dean Richardson MNCS(Accred / Reg) - a simply private choice.

Individual Counselling Fees.

How Counselling Fees Work.

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

Individual Counselling sessions are weekly, and last forĀ a standard 50 minutesĀ (with the option to book 90 minute sessions if you prefer). Although sessions are once a weekĀ (except for holidays),Ā 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 payableĀ on the day of our session.

You may pay yourĀ counsellingĀ 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 feeĀ isĀ negotiable should your income make private counselling a struggle to afford. This is not charityĀ (you still must contribute a fee) andĀ 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.

Skype & Zoom Video Counselling:

Covid-19 Local or National Lockdowns, Self-Isolating & Shielding (November 2020): the balance of risks and rewards continue to argue against reopening my practice's Face-to-Face service. Skype & Zoom services remain uneffected (click for tele-counselling details…).

My Skype/Video appointments areĀ MondaysĀ &Ā ThursdaysĀ (~noon to 9pm)Ā andĀ WednesdaysĀ (~noon to 4pm). Having agreed on a weekly session day/time this stays with us until we have completed our work (or thereā€™s a need to change).

Choose your Weekly Day & Time.

Sessions times are 50 minutes (by default) or 90 minutes when available.

Video Counselling (Skype, Zoomā€¦)
Monday Appointments:12pm1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm9pm
Tuesday Appointments:Not available
Wednesday Appointments:12pm1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm9pm
Thursday Appointments:12pm1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm9pm
Friday Appointments:Not available
Weekend Appointments:Not available

Video Counselling (Skype, Zoomā€¦)
Mon:3pm or 4pm
Tue:Not Available
Fri:Not Available
W/E:Not Available
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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.Ā You may wish to come more than once a week. You may also choose a 90 minute session (by prior arrangement).Ā  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 helpfulā€¦ 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 14th December 2020 to Sunday 3rd January 2021 (21 days).
    • Monday 15th February 2021 to Sunday 21st February 2021 (7 days).
    • Friday 2nd April 2021 to Sunday 11th April 2021 (10 days).
    • Monday 3rd May 2021 to Sunday 9th May 2021 (7 days).
    • Monday 31st May 2021 (Dean will be unavailable on Spring bank holiday (31 May)).
    • Monday 5th July 2021 to Sunday 25th July 2021 (21 days).
    • Monday 30th August 2021 to Sunday 5th September 2021 (7 days).
    • Monday 18th October 2021 to Sunday 24th October 2021 (7 days).
    • Monday 13th December 2021 to Sunday 2nd January 2022 (21 days).

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