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I practice from a work environment. Online or telephone sessions are available if you prefer.
Hello, I am Richard Hughes, a qualified and accredited psychotherapist and counsellor (UK Council for Psychotherapy).
I offer weekly psychotherapy and counselling in central Walthamstow, 17 minutes on the Victoria line from Oxford Circus or on the overground from Liverpool Street Station.
Weekly one hour sessions: £60
I am sure you will have some questions, so in the first instance if you would like to speak with me, please call me on 07970 245 899 - there is no obligation.
PSYCHOTHERAPY & COUNSELLING
What I Do:
Psychotherapy and counselling are a safe and effective way to explore the many emotional, practical and psychological issues that play a part in your life.
I offer both psychotherapy and counselling, so what is the difference between them?
I have heard it said that counselling is for when you have a problem in your life and psychotherapy is for when your life has become a problem.
People come to psychotherapy because they feel sad or dissatisfied with life. How they have dealt with that up until now may no longer be satisfactory or may even be problematic. Psychotherapy offers the opportunity to explore patterns of behaviour, identity, personality and your relationship with yourself and others. This will involve a focus on the underlying causes, relationships and your sense of self, and for this reason, psychotherapy is open-ended or long term.
The type of counselling I do is short term, usually up to 12 sessions. The focus is on supporting you during a difficult time, such as a bereavement, a career change, or a relationship breakdown.
Whichever you choose, you will begin to develop new perspectives and self-knowledge, whilst focusing on self-care, self-reflection and self-acceptance all within a relational framework. This can facilitate change.
There are many reasons why people decide to do psychotherapy and counselling, and with this in mind, I am interested in how you understand the issues that have brought you here and then, within the professional boundary of our weekly sessions, we will begin to explore how you have dealt with these issues up until now, what works for you and what you find challenging.
Please see my blog where I answer a few questions people often ask as they embark on psychotherapy and counselling.
I work with adult individuals from all walks of life, all age groups, LGBTQ+ and BAME.
Issues I work with include: Relationships, anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, loss, toxic work environments, work/life balance, family dynamics, panic attacks, trauma, adult ADHD, OCD, feeling stuck, sexuality, intimacy and sex, life/career changes, self-confidence and self-worth, the experience of difference, being broken-hearted and being relationship ready.
Currently, I do not offer couples' counselling.
As a psychotherapist, I am qualified to work with complex issues such as traumatic/deficient childhoods, PTSD and diagnosed personality disorders.
I am committed to changing the perception of psychotherapy and counselling which I believe is 'everyday, essential, wellness maintenance'.
I also work within Wandsworth NHS as a counselling team leader, managing a team of trainee counsellors.
I have completed a 5-Year MSc in Psychotherapy (Level 7) at the Metanoia Institute which is validated by Middlesex University.
I am a fully accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy www.psychotherapy.org.uk and I follow their Code of Ethics and Conduct which includes annual CPD.
I carry full professional indemnity and public liability insurance and I have an up-to-date enhanced DBS certificate.
I worked in television production for over 20 years and was actively involved in creative diversity and mental health awareness in that industry.
I offer weekly sessions that are for 50 minutes - a psychotherapeutic hour.
The sessions happen at the same time on consecutive weeks for as long as we contract for.
How long is up to you.
Please email me at or call me on 07970 245 899
Mon - Fri: 7.30am - 8.30pm