Specialist addictions therapist, Counsellor
- Behavioural addictions
- Relationship and interpersonal difficulties
- Alcohol addiction
- Drug addiction
- Gambling addiction
- Technology addiction
- Trauma and 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 Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP)
Having been involved in the treatment of addictive/compulsive behaviours since 2010, Richard has a proven track record 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 team.
He has gone on to compliment his training by gaining an understanding of how trauma, shame and developmental issues impact on 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 Masters Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy to further complement his knowledge and experience.
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, Interpersonal, 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.