Dean Richardson MNCS(Acc) MBACP(Accred).

  • Over 18+ 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 (CBT) to Counselling 100%
  • 30+ hours Continual Professional Development per year 100%
  • Minimum 90 minutes monthly supervision attended 100%
  • Accredited by both the BACP and NCS UK professional bodies 100%

Dean Richardson NCS(Acc) MBACP(Accred) is a highly experienced, fully qualified, multiple-accredited, private counsellor working in his own practice in central Havant (Hampshire, UK).

He began his formal training in 1999 with the BACP-Accredited training centre: Chichester Counselling Services, being awarded his Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. Whilst continuing practising in charity, he set up his own private counselling practice in 2010, and added his Diploma in Psychodynamic/Systemic Couple Counselling to his portfolio, shortly after adding the Institute of Group Analysis’s National Foundation in Group Analysis.

Dean is accredited and registered with both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the National Counselling Society – which accreditation being a process that demonstrates his vast experience, professionalism and adherence to ethics. His full profession title is: Registered & Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist.

He continues to enhance his understanding and practice with monthly supervisory consultations and continued professional development.

Trust in Counsellor Dean Richardson.

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You can trust counsellor Dean Richardson, being a properly registered counsellor, and accredited by of two professional membership bodies: the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the National Counselling Society (NCS).

Being accredited by both the BACP and the NCS confirms his substantial experience and adherence to a documented ethical approach to his counselling services.

Dean’s professional development over 18 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 Actually Help?

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]
[Moderate] [Healthy]
[Mild] [Healthy]

*The table uses anonymous data from individuals counselling with Dean Richardson MNCS(Acc) MBACP(Accred) 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.

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

Specialist Areas of Havant Counselling.

Psychodynamic Counselling
Psychodynamic Counselling takes its theoretical framework from original researches such as Freud, Jung, Klein, Winnicott, 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.

By working in partnership with a counsellor adept with the psychodynamic approach helps to form a therapeutic alliance that may unravel emotional conflicts.

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.

Brief/Focussed 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 only focussing on specific matters (so, any “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.

Counselling for Men
As a bloke, do you know how much courage it can take to meet with a counsellor?

At least, once you get started you won’t need so much balls as you did when you began.

Many men find Dean Richardson the bloke they want to talk to when they have some problems.

FUN FACT: in 2015, Dean’s case load was 100% male.

Need to have that experience as if you’re talking to a mate down the pub … but that he’s a professional knowing what he’s talking about?

Come and talk with Dean Richardson.

LGBT(QI) Counselling - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Questioning and Intersex
Most counsellors nowadays work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* clients without question.

Some counsellors still decline (due to religious or other reasons).

Why go to a counsellor who’s not comfortable with LGBT/Questioning when Dean Richardson is a specialist LGBT counsellor?

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

FUN FACT: dedicated website for LGBT Couples:

*GSD: Gender and Sexual Diversities.

Situations a counsellor may not work with…

As an ethical counsellor, there are areas that I am not capable of working with (and a couple that I do 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 cannot see someone “sent” to me for counselling, 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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