ABOUT ME

Counselling and Psychotherapy

I can help you with the following:

  Depression
  Anxiety
✓  Trauma and (PTSD)
✓  Low Self-Esteem
✓  
Trust Issues
✓  Compulsive sexual behavior
✓  Sex Addiction
✓  Pornography Addiction
✓  Love Addiction
✓  Female Sex Addiction
✓  Abuse
  Critical Incident Debriefing

Where I can see you:

✓  Stratford upon Avon
✓  The Midlands
✓  Nationwide

Porn addiction help:

For specialist help with porn addiction, please visit my support and recovery site Porn Addiction Recovery

Ian Richards - Psychotherapist and Addiction Specialist

I am a qualified Psychotherapist and I believe in the uniqueness of all individuals.

My approach is called Person-Centred Therapy, which is a humanistic style to counselling. The approach endeavours to see the world through the eyes of my clients. It is about understanding how an individual perceives and interprets events rather than the therapist being the expert. 

The belief is that my client has the answers to their issues. However, these issues may be difficult to accept and understand due to psychological blockages which can prevent an understanding of them.

I will seek to help you explore the thoughts or feelings that are troubling you while supporting you in an empathic and non-judgmental way. This is done while helping you to connect to the immediacy of your own experience.

Trust is something that is paramount within all counselling relationships. If a person can trust their therapist they are more open to discuss how they are truly feeling. Trust is is a crucial element and is needed to allow a therapeutic alliance to occur. 

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) and abide by their code of practice and Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.  As a qualified Psychotherapist, I undertake continued professional development which is a requirement set out by the B.A.C.P and which I fully endorse. 

I am also a fully trained Sex Addiction Therapist and a member of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. (ATSAC).

I also have a dedicated Porn and Sex Addiction website. Click here for details. 

What are the next steps?

The first initial session is to see if we want to work together and for you to decide if I am the right person for you. I'll explain a little about how I work and then you can explain what bought you to therapy.

Sessions last 50 minutes allowing you enough time to explore the thoughts and feelings that you are struggling with. At the end of the session I offer 10 minutes guided meditation for those who wish to engage. There is no added cost to this.

Begin the Journey

MC

I have been lucky enough to have Ian in my life for the last 8 months. It has been life changing in so many ways. His empathy alone has helped me so much , coupled with excellent advice and coping mechanisms to deal with the world. I cannot recommend Ian highly enough and struggle to find the right words to explain the enormous difference it has made to me.

Begin the Journey

MX BX

I had very useful and productive therapy sessions with Ian. Opening up can be very tricky but he made me feel comfortable to do so from the beginning. His approach is sensitive and compassionate and done with utmost professionalism and sensitivity. I started to feel an improvement in my wellbeing after a few weeks and have adopted many of the techniques I learnt from the sessions in my every day life that continue to help me. I would highly recommend Ian as a therapist. Thank you for all your work.

Begin the Journey

NS

I found Ian at a time of my life when I was struggling with problems around family relationships, stress at work and feelings of shame and guilt. We had a very good connection from the beginning and I felt comfortable to open up and share vulnerable things. Ian has the ability to listen deeply and be empathic. Also, he helped me to see issues from a different perspectives und understand myself much better. His advise was really helpful and I saw great improvement in the areas I was struggling in. I would recommend doing therapy with Ian wholeheartedly.

Lotus Flower

The Lotus Flower

Otherwise known in Buddhism as the "Sacred Lotus", emerges from murky and muddy waters and grows into a beautiful blooming flower.

It represents our growth.

Since everything in life is but an experience perfect in being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter.
Long Chen Pa

Fees

Various Issues (excluding Sex or Pornography Addiction) - £70 per session. I also offer a discount for a block booking of six or more.

Sex or Pornography Addiction – £95 per session and I am able to offer a discount for block bookings of six sessions or more.

Initial Sessions are to be paid 24 hours in advance by bank transfer. I do not accept cheques or card payments.

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity
Ian Richards - Begin the Journey

Counselling, Psychotherapy and Addiction Therapy

I treat clients from all over the United Kingdom

Also available via Zoom and FaceTime