My Therapy Practice

I’m a qualified therapeutic counsellor, registered and accredited with BACP & NCS, and I’ve been working with people suffering from emotional distress and mental illness since 2001…

I began my counsellor training at York St. John where the emphasis was on Person Centred Counselling (Certficate in Person Centred Counselling, 2006).

After this I decided to focus on Transactional Analysis (TA) and trained at Leeds Psychotherapy Training Institute before continuing at The Ellesmere Centre in Hull.

I gained my Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling in 2012.

My Person-Centred style offers an experience of being fully ‘met’, ‘attuned to’ and ‘walked beside’ as you experience your current difficulties. TA may feel more cognitive, and I’m happy to share TA models with you if we agree that would be useful.


Both TA and the Person Centred Approach recognise the fundamental ‘humanness’ in each of us and know that we’re all able to change and grow through difficulties by looking within. So I’m comfortable with integrating these two approaches. This seems to bring a relational feel to my work which can move directly towards the middle of things.

Professional Membership

I’m Registered and Accredited by BACP, which is the UK’s largest professional membership organisation for counsellors.

Richard Kershaw Reg.BACP(Accred)

I’m also a National Society of Counsellors (NCS) Accredited Professional.

Richard Kershaw MNCS Prof Accred

The registers of both these organisations are accredited by The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care and this sets the benchmark for the practice of counselling in the UK.

In addition, I’m an Associate Member of The International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis (IARTA).

It is a professional duty of all practising counsellors that we attend regular clinical supervision and ongoing training (Continuing Professional Development).

Increasingly I’m interested in how our embodied experiences of ourselves & other are broadcast into the relational field, both in the therapy room and in our lives more generally.