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A Counsellor’s Practical Experience.
Has the counsellor got a lot of experience, a little experience; are their qualifications based on the theory of counselling only (no supervised practice) or is the counsellor still in training? Does the counsellor practice a recognised approach to therapy? Newly qualified counsellors may be suitable and safe, but they may lack in practical experience.
Tip: Ask the counsellor about their ‘therapy model’ and then go and ready up about it on the Internet.
Dean Richardson’s counselling practice has been supervised in a minimum of 90 minutes of a month since 1999.
Counsellor’s Special Interest & Experience.
Does the counsellor have any special interests or special experience in working in particular therapeutic areas?
Whilst Dean Richardson works with all individuals and couples as a generally practising therapist, he is also an LGBT specialist and mixed-sexuality couple relationship counsellor.
The Counsellor’s Theoretical Approach.
There are different forms of counselling and psychotherapy – and whilst it’s the relationship between therapist and client that is shown to matter, some approaches might suit you better than others.
See Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_psychotherapies for information on therapy models.
Dean Richardson’s core theoretical approach is psychodynamic & cognitive behavioural for individual’s counselling, systemic/psychodynamic for couples relationship counselling and a Foulkesian/psychoanalytic/facilitative approach to counselling groups.
Who does the Counsellor work with professionally?
Does the counsellor state what types of person they can work with (eg adults, couples, young people, children, elderly etc).
Tip: Check that the counsellor’s qualifications cover the type of people the counsellor sees. For example – if their diploma is ‘… for individual counselling’ how does the counsellor justfy meeting with you and your partner for couple counselling?
Dean Richardson works with adults from the ages of 18 upwards, works with individuals, couples and small groups (<= 6 people) and does not work with children.
Statement of how the Counsellor works in therapy.
Does the counsellor give you an idea of how they work therapeutically?
Tip: Check that the counsellor’s qualifications match how they work (eg if the diploma is in psychodynamic counselling, how does the counsellor justify offering you Gestalt therapy?)
Dean Richardson works therapeutically using a primarily psychodynamic core framework with a Cognitive Behavioural Approach (CBA) where appropriate for individuals, with a systemic framework for couple counselling, and a group analytic/facilitative model framework for group therapy (read more)