Richard Stephenson

Richard Stephenson

Addictions Therapist, Counsellor

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • Counselling Dip, FDSc, BSc (Hons) Addictions
  • CBT Certificate (APT Accredited)
  • Clinical Supervision Dip
  • Registered MBACP (Accreditation)
  • CMI Level 5 Certificate in management and Leadership

My professional experience:

I have 15 years of experience working with individuals with a diverse range of issues, Addictions, Interpersonal Relationships, Anxiety, Stress and Anger.

Delivering in a variety of settings Criminal Justice, Drug Intervention Programmes, Recovery Support Centre, Counselling Service, Local Authority Treatment Centres and Community Drug Teams.

Providing evidence based interventions, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Psycho-educational Workshops. Delivering and Creating Group Programmes, Aftercare Support, Interpersonal Group Therapy Sessions, 12 Step Facilitation, Family Interventions and Relapse Prevention.

I have a private practice and have worked in multi-disciplinary teams in different capacities as a Deputy Manager, Counsellor, Senior Counsellor, Group Facilitator and Team Leader.

I have completed various training and CPD whilst in my roles. I am a registered member with the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy gaining accreditation status.

My personal statement:

I use an integrative approach with individuals and groups, I use a Holistic style of Counselling incorporating a range Interventions, Analytical, Spiritual (Relational) Physical, Emotional, Cognitive Therapies to facilitate lasting change. I feel individuals have the ability to change when a safe space is created to enable reflection, exploration and awareness. I have worked with a variety of individuals, understanding the importance of diversity coming from a diverse background myself, truly believing every individual is unique and therefore each approach and intervention should be tailored to the individuals needs. I have a great interest in understanding how cultural factors handed down from primary care givers for generations may affect individuals in their everyday lives in the here and how.

“Sometimes it may not be the best intervention to take an individual out of the darkness immediately, but instead just sit with them in that place until they are ready to leave…”

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