Coronavirus – changes in the way we are working

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak affecting many people in many ways, we are taking the necessary steps to protect both our clients and ourselves, by conducting all counselling and psychotherapy sessions via telephone or video calls.

The Richmond Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (RCPS) is focused on providing open ended, low cost and accessible therapy for you to explore life issues in confidence and at your own pace.

Affordable Counselling

  • Counselling is a talking therapy on a short term basis.
  • A trained therapist will listen and help you find solutions to work through your problems.
  • Providing support to help you deal with day to day tasks.

Affordable Psychotherapy

  • Psychotherapy helps to identify the roots of problems and difficulties that have built up over time.
  • Sessions will be on a long-term basis addressing issues at a deeper level.

Who we are and what we do

The Richmond Counselling and Psychotherapy Service is a non-profit making unincorporated organisation offering one-to-one counselling or psychotherapy. We are a group of individuals who come together to provide a service to the wider community.

Counsellors and Psychotherapists

The Service is staffed by volunteer counsellors and psychotherapists who are in the process of completing or have completed, a recognised training course. As a condition of engagement practitioners must have completed at least one years’ training, receive clinical supervision and be engaged in personal therapy. The RCPS monitors the clinical work of its practitioners who may thus also gain experience in the work. Additionally, for therapists in training who are seeking personal therapy, the RCPS can provide an experienced practitioner at an affordable rate.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to explore this.

How we work

Equality: The RCPS works with adult individuals regardless of age, marital status, physical disability, gender, sexual orientation, race, social origins or political or religious beliefs.

Approach: The practitioner’s approach to this work will reflect his or her school of training and the sort of personality they are.  Each therapeutic alliance is unique to each client.

How does it help? The counselling and psychotherapy sessions are confidential sessions in which the client and the practitioner reflect together on the client’s life in order to bring pressing aspects of it into focus and thus encourage independence and self-development.  This may lead to a re-evaluation by the client of positions taken in life and interaction with other people.

What does the RCPS offer?

  • Short or long term individual therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Therapy for adults/parents caring for disabled children
  • If appropriate, adolescents and young adults
RCPS therapy space
RCPS therapy space

Areas of counselling

  • Abortion
  • Abuse
  • Addiction(s)
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment disorder
  • Bereavement
  • Child related issues
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Low self-esteem
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Personality disorder
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Relationship problems
  • Self harm
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Trauma

What happens next?

The RCPS will offer an assessment to most individuals and then determine how that individual may be best helped.  This may include onward referral to practitioners outside the service or to appropriate local services. All of these decisions will be made in consultation with the person being assessed.


RCPS therapy room

We offer 50-60 minute sessions of one-to-one counselling to individuals looking for emotional support and who wish to make changes in themselves and in their lives.

We invite clients to engage in at least six sessions, taking place once a week.  The RCPS does not place a time limit on the length of the work nor does it limit the frequency of the sessions in each week. 

These matters are negotiated between the client and the practitioner.

Sessions Weekdays: 9am to 9pm
Saturdays daytime: Office Hours
Tuesdays: 9.00am to 5pm for assessments and supervision. Wheelchair access to building.

FEES – low cost counselling & pyschotherapy

The RCPS provides low cost counselling and psychotherapy to people in need. 

There is an assessment fee which we negotiate when you contact us and the level of fees for regular sessions is graduated according to the client’s ability to pay with minimum and maximum levels.

Sessions will be invoiced monthly and payments are made via bank transfer. There are a few spaces for bursaries.

Please call Maria Bento-Thieme to discuss this further on 07900 210829.

All sessions are confidential.

Training, qualifications and experience

80% of our therapists are fully qualified, the remaining therapists are in the process of completing a long term recognised training course, recognised by UKCP, BACP or BPS.

All therapists are in personal therapy/self development and attend fortnightly supervision (at the RCPS) as a way of monitoring and supporting clinical practice.

The Management Team are all accredited psychotherapists.

Member organisations

RCPS Therapists are affiliated with member organisations such as UKCP, BACP and BPS.

Let’s work together.

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