About Polyamorous Relationship Counselling.

For when couples in a Polyamorous Arrangement need Counselling Support too.

You may be a couple in a polyamorous relationship, whether clearly defined, a poly group that is still forming, or a couple thinking about introducing additional partners (or joining an existing poly group).

The type of polyamorous relationship doesn’t matter, except that we’re talking about difficulties between you and one of your partners; difficulties that may benefit from some professional intervention.

It doesn’t matter if this is your primary couple relationship, secondary, or another form of couple relationship. When you’ve searched for ally counsellors who support polyamory you have have looked at the counsellor’s website and through “Erm – does she or not?!”

Polyamorous Relationship Couple Counselling from Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant) would be the service you’d consider when you and one of your partners need to work through conflicts.

Havant Counselling Dean Richardson

A Therapy Service for Polyamorous Couples.

Begin Soon

No need to wait for months. Dean is often able arrange to meet a poly couple within a week (sometimes two) of making first contact. As a private counsellor he often has sessions available to choose from right away.

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Non Judgemental

With non-traditional relationships, there can be a concern of experiencing judgement. Not only is Dean a poly ally, he has worked with couples in polyamorous relationships before. Dean’s approach works with a majority of adult couple relationships.

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Open ended work

It’s unlikely that your relationship is limited by time. Neither is polyamorous couple counselling. We’ll work to deliver just enough sessions for your relationship to make Dean, the counsellor, redundant. Then you work on remaining (and future) difficulties… together.

Suitable for…

Any adult couple that is in any form of polyamorous relationship (whether this couple considers itself to be a primary, secondary, or other couple). You may be straight, gay, lesbian, MOM, married, intimate or platonic.

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!

A Non-Normative Approach to Polyamorous Couple Counselling.

Dean Richardson is a fully qualified and experienced couple counsellor.

He works as a therapist for non-traditional couple relationships.

Dean does this by choosing to employ therapeutic approaches that do not make judgements about how the couple’s relationship is supposed to be (like, say, a religious form of counsellor can assume and prescribe).

  • Dean does not prescribe what the normal couple should be doing to resolve a difficulty.
  • Dean does not refer to “what other couples like you would do is…”

In this way, polyamorous relationship counselling focuses on the couple’s own relationship (not someone else’s belief about how a successful relationship ought to be).

Dean primarily employs two effective therapeutic approaches:-

  • Systemic (Family/Milan Associates) – an approach that sees a couple relationship as a system (think: washing machine program). A system has processes (behaviours that make us love our partner), and triggers (things that kick off an argument). By discovering what kind of systems this couple relationship employes (intended, or accidental) the couple and Dean learn knowledge about the relationship. Knowledge brings about opportunities for change.
  • Psychodynamic – an approach that recognises unconscious processes. Such processes may be related to past experiences (eg early childhood experienced being replayed in the couple), poor parental relationships, and other experiences looking for resolution. By working together the couple and Dean can discover how to resolve the conflicts and… finally… put them to rest.

These two extraordinarily powerful approaches do not require the couple to be in any form of traditional relationship, at all!

My Distinct Approach to Couple Counselling.

I’ve included much more detail about my distinct and effective approach to couple counselling on my main couple counselling page. It’s worth a read if you’re interested in what couple work we could be doing together

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.

Couple Counselling Fees.

How Counselling Fees Work.

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

Couple Counselling sessions are weekly, and last for a standard 50 minutes (with the option to book 90 minute sessions if you both prefer). Although sessions are once a week (except for holidays), you may also attend more than once a week if all three of us think that this would be helpful.

Our sessions will continue one or more of us thinks that we've done enough; then we'll have a conversation about bringing our counselling work to a close.

Fees are payable on the day of our session.

You may pay your counselling 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 fee is negotiable should your income make private counselling a struggle to afford. This is not charity (you still must contribute a fee) and 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.

Group Counselling Fees.

How Counselling Fees Work.

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

Group Counselling sessions are weekly, and last for a standard 90 minutes. Sessions are once a week (except for holidays)The fee shown is per individual group member / per weekly session (whether attended or missed). Groups are a minimum of 4 members and a maximum of 8 members.

Where groups are created of members known to each other (such as a polyamorous group) sessions will continue until the group decides the work is done. Other groups will agree their own method of closure.

Fees are payable on the day of our session.

You may pay your counselling 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 fee is negotiable should your income make private counselling a struggle to afford. This is not charity (you still must contribute a fee) and 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 Lockdown & Self-Isolating (August 2020): the balance of risks and rewards argue against reopening my counselling service's Face-to-Face practice for the time being. Counselling services continue to be available via video telehealth (Skype, Zoom etc) - click for full details…

My Skype/Video appointments are Mondays & Thursdays (~noon to 9pm) and Wednesdays (~noon to 4pm). Having agreed on a weekly session day/time this stays with us until we have completed our work (or there’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, Zoom…)
Monday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)
Tuesday Appointments:Not available
Wednesday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)
Thursday Appointments:12pm1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm
Friday Appointments:Not available
Weekend Appointments:Not available

Video Counselling (Skype, Zoom…)
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Mon:Waiting List (contact me)
Tue:Not Available
Wed:Waiting List (contact me)
Thu:3pm or 4pm
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. You may wish to come more than once a week. You may also choose a 90 minute session (by prior arrangement).  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 helpful… 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 31st August 2020 to Sunday 6th September 2020 (7 days).
  • Monday 19th October 2020 to Sunday 25th October 2020 (7 days).
  • Monday 14th December 2020 to Sunday 3rd January 2021 (21 days).

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