Anne Richards BSc Hons, Dip Therapeutic Counselling, MBACP (Reg).

Availability:  Friday morning and Saturday morning (9am – 12 noon)

Mode: In person, but can also offer online

Fees: £45 for a 50 minute Counselling session (low cost options may also be available)         

Counselling Qualifications

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Bereavement Support
  • Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People

Experience

I currently practice at Oxford Counselling Centre and I am opening a Counselling Practice in Thame. I also volunteer for Oxford Cruse Bereavement Care where I undertake Bereavement Support to adults of all ages. Prior to this I spent three years counselling students in a large secondary school in Tring, Hertfordshire.

I have always worked closely with people, supporting them to develop and grow. I previously worked as a Training and Development Manager where I spent over 15 years in a business environment. This gave me a wealth of experience in one to one coaching, personal development as well as group work and during this time I also gained a thorough understanding of the issues surrounding work- related stress and redundancy. I also have a degree in Biology from Durham University.

What do I offer?

My main offering is face to face sessions with adults, although in certain circumstances I can also offer secure online counselling as an option.  I try to work collaboratively with my clients to agree timeframes as the work progresses rather than working to a fixed number of sessions. Therefore, I can offer both short and long term counselling depending on what clients feel comfortable with.

My Approach

First and foremost, I firmly believe that for any counselling to work you must feel comfortable talking to and working with your counsellor. It is well recognised that the relationship between a counsellor and their client is one of the most important factors for counselling to be effective.

To help build and facilitate this relationship I offer a safe and supportive space within sessions where I will encourage you to explore whatever it is that has brought you to counselling. Practicing as a Person – Centred Counsellor means that I won’t judge, give advice or opinions but will work with you at your pace to help you make sense of what is going on and help you find your own answers and direction. Sometimes you may not even know what is wrong and just feel troubled, stuck or out of step with the world.

I work in a way where I will really listen to you and your experiences. I will give you the time, space and support to help you make sense of things and will encourage you to move forward in a direction that feels right for you. For some people this may happen over a short period of time but for others it may take longer. Therefore, I do not tend to work within a fixed set of sessions but will work with the time frames you are comfortable with. We will, however, have regular reviews so we can both ensure that the progress you want is being made.

The most frequent issues I work with are low self- esteem and confidence, anxiety and stress, low mood and depression, bereavement and loss, trauma, self- harm, anger, bullying, personal development, and family and relationship issues. I also see clients who are working through life transitions or who are just feeling stuck or troubled.