My name is Richard Coleman, and I am a Therapeutic Counsellor. I am a registered member of the BACP (the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) as well as the CCYP (Counselling for Children and Young People) sub-division. I work with a variety of people from all walks of life, whether they are looking for some answers to life situations or simply wish to find out more about what makes them tick.
I work as an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor and Supervisor. This builds on a base grounded in the Person Centred Approach formulated by Carl Rogers, and incorporates many aspects of both Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. I also use Cognitive techniques that connect together with the counselling approaches rather like a series of doors and passageways. As we open one door, a link may be made to another aspect of your current life or personal history, which may lead us into exploring new areas. By making connections between what you present to me and accepted counselling theory, I facilitate you towards a better understanding of yourself.
I trained for 3½ years in a variety of techniques and approaches, culminating in being awarded an Advanced Diploma in Counselling. I have now been practicing both privately and in the educational sector since 2006. I've worked in a variety of settings, including a free community counselling service and the Maternity Unit of Poole Hospital.
I have extensive experience working with young people in my role as a full-time school counsellor from 2012 to 2019, dealing with a range of adolescent social and mental health issues including anxiety, low self-esteem, self-harm, bereavement, peer/relationship problems, as well as sexuality issues.
I see private clients in a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment, working out of my home in the Northbourne area of Bournemouth.
"You helped me realise
that a person who knows
what they bring to the table
isn't afraid to eat alone."
"Thank you for the help
over the past difficult months
in coming to terms with the loss of Mum."
"Thank you for helping me through
this tough final year of school —
I will always remember your advice."
"I can't thank you enough —
I feel stronger and more balanced.
You were the person that helped me understand
that crying isn't a bad thing."
"Being able to talk openly and honestly
helped me get my confidence back."
CCYP (Counselling for Children and Young People)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy