My Background

I believe change can occur within relationships of trust and non-judgmental compassionate honesty. As an integrative practitioner I work with a variety of different counselling approaches depending on the individual. Counselling involves forming a creative space in which the sense of self can be seen with empathy and people can find ways to understand themselves in new ways, allowing for change.

Richard Pickles

Counselling offers a relationship where you are free to change the ways you have learned to relate to those that you care about and the world around you. Counselling requires boundaries that create a safe environment, and the freedom to say what works and what doesn’t.

Within this I am always seeking the best possible ways of helping people. Psychology has come a long way in helping us understand how we learn to relate to the world and those around us, and how we can change and take in new ways of being that fulfill us. In my counselling I seek to bring the best of what science has taught us about how humans grow and develop, within an empathic relationship. I also am keen to draw on philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, psychotherapy and the wisdom that we are all able to bring to life.


I have been working as a counsellor for twelve years, initially within counselling agencies, and for the last seven years in private practice, working closely with a variety of professional agencies.

I spent nearly ten years working in addiction agencies, working with people with substance misuse issues, along with providing training in this area.

Between 2010 – 2013 I worked as a counselling lecturer at London School of Theology for three years. In this role I lectured in psychology and in counselling skills. Alongside this I have lectured for a number of years at other institutions.

I have also run a variety of professional development days on subjects such as ‘cybersex and counselling’, and ‘trauma and counselling’. Along with this I have run process groups, psychotherapy groups and supervision groups for many years.

I have completed research in:

  • ‘Addiction, sexuality and religion’
  • ‘Boundaries and erotic transference in psychoanalysis’

Qualifications and Accreditation

  • Degree BA (Hons) Theology and Counselling (London School of Theology)
  • MSc Addiction Psychology and Counselling (London Southbank University)

*MA Psychoanalytic Studies (Birkbeck University)
  • After Demonstrating equivalence of training for diploma year 1, I completed all the requirements for the following two years in an MSc in integrative psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Integrative Supervision (Metanoia Institute)

*MA European Philosophy (St Davids)

I am registered with the International Society of Professional Counsellors and am a member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals

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