My Background

I believe change can occur within relationships of trust and non-judgmental compassionate honesty. Whilst I believe that good training and ongoing personal and professional development are essential, I seek to work within a safe and open way and be as flexible as possible. 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

I have, over a twenty year period, trained in Psychotherapy, psychology, philosophy, counselling and psychoanalysis. All these disciples I believe are helpful to explore in order to best 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 and these disciplines have taught us about how humans grow and develop, what psychoanalysis can bring insight into our muddled lives, within an empathic relationship. I am keen to draw on philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, psychotherapy and the wisdom that we are all able to bring to life. My main interests however are in lacanian psychoanalysis which I use as a framework to think within.


I have been working as a counsellor for fifteen years, initially within counselling agencies, following working as a youth worker and addiction worker in various services. For the last ten years i have worked in private practice as a counsellor, working closely with a variety of professional agencies. Within this time I have also worked as a lecturer in counselling.

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 a member of the British association of counsellors and psychotherapists and abide with GDRP guidelines

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