Specialist addictions therapist, Counsellor
- Behavioural addictions
- Interpersonal difficulties
- Alcohol addiction
- Drug addiction
- Gambling addiction
- Technology addiction
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- BSc (Hons) 1st Class, Addictions Counselling
- Accredited Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP)
- Accredited advanced practitioner by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP)
Richard Turrell – Professional experience:
Having been involved in the treatment of addictive/compulsive behaviours since 2010, Richard Turrell has a proven track record of working with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds in helping them to move towards and achieve their goals related to addictive or compulsive behaviour. Having completed the acclaimed Addiction Counselling degree at the University of Bath, he worked in a residential addiction treatment clinic treating substance and behavioural addictions. He then relocated to London in 2019 to launch his own practice and joined the Nightingale Hospital team.
He has gone on to compliment his training by gaining an understanding of how trauma, shame and developmental issues impact the formation and perpetuation of addictions and how to address these within both in and out-patient settings. He is experienced in delivering shorter-term interventions aimed at helping identify coping skills and longer-term work to understand and resolve the underlying issues. He is currently studying at the renowned Metanoia Institute towards a Master’s Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy to further complement his knowledge and experience.
Richard Turrell – Personal statement:
Richard works in a relational style, aiming to form a trusting and compassionate relationship with his patients as the foundation of the work. Beyond that, he draws on a number of different approaches including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal, and Relapse Prevention, to tailor and integrate these and other approaches to the specific needs of each patient.
Additional information about research, publications and interests:
Richard has undertaken research into the benefits, barriers and limitations of self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous which has informed his approach. He is passionate to help people engage with these resources but also about understanding the importance of helping those for whom such groups may not be suitable to find workable ways to approach their addictive/compulsive behaviours.