Richard Cooling

Adv Dip, PG Dip, MBACP

Welcome, I am a professional counsellor offering private therapy sessions in York and Wetherby. I work with adults on a one-to-one basis to help with a range of issues.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please feel free to get in touch by phone or email.

07799 495140

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Therapy Sessions

I work from two comfortable rooms in my private practice, either on Wetherby High Street or at Clifton Moor in York.

Sessions last for 50 minutes and cost £45 each. They take place on a weekly basis at an agreed time and location which will be reserved solely for you.

The number of sessions will vary from person to person. You may be looking for 10 sessions of counselling to address a specific problem, whilst others may use therapy over a number of months to explore more complex issues. I will discuss this with you when we first meet and throughout our work together.

How can I help

I have extensive experience in helping people through personal difficulties, with the skills and knowledge to provide support on a variety of different issues.

This may include specific problems like anxiety and depression or could be something more general that is harder to put into words. Whatever is distressing you, we would work together to make sense of what is happening and look to improve things in your life.

The types of issues we can work on are…

  • Anxiety, depression
  • Stress, self-esteem
  • Self-harm, suicidal thoughts
  • Loss, bereavement
  • Anger
  • Bullying, discrimination
  • OCD, panic, phobias
  • Addictions
  • Trauma, dissociation
  • Relationship problems, loneliness
  • Feeling lost, confused, unsure of how you feel

About Me

I have worked as counsellor providing therapy services in private practice since 2020. Before this I worked as a mental health nurse in London for the NHS and private healthcare providers, offering high quality care to people suffering from severe and intense mental distress.

While working as a counsellor I have been involved in other roles and projects such as coordinating local charity services for counselling in York and training student counsellors on how to develop their therapeutic skills at a university in Leeds.

Professional training in counselling and therapy

  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
    Adv Dip (2019) CPPD Counselling School, London

Other related qualifications

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
    PG Dip (2012) King’s College London

  • Psychology Degree
    BSc (Hons), (2008) University of Leeds

Registered Body

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Their aims are to ensure its members adhere to an ethical framework, meaning you receive a high standard of counselling or therapy.

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Therapeutic Approach

There are many different “types” of therapy and they all share the aim of helping people through personal difficulties. If you are new to counselling and therapy, please feel free to get in touch and I can explain in more detail, what I can offer.

If you are familiar with therapy and looking for a certain type of approach, I work as an integrative counsellor that draws upon psychodynamic, transactional analysis, person-centred, gestalt, relational and existential theories.

Contact, Location & Fees

If you are looking for therapy or want to know more, please feel free to contact me by phone, email or using the form below and I will get back to you.

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Each session lasts for 50 minutes and costs £45.

Sessions are offered on a face-to-face basis only.

Location & Availability

I offer counselling in York and Wetherby at the following addresses and have availability for new clients at the specified times.

Office 14
York Eco Business Centre
Amy Johnson Way
Clifton Moor
YO30 4AG

I currently have space for new clients on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Availability updated on: 26/2/24

Wetherby Therapy Rooms
23 High Street
LS22 6LR

I currently have space for new clients on a Wednesday afternoon.

Availability updated on: 29/2/24

Travel & Accessibility

Free parking is available near both offices. A public car park is three minutes walk from the Wetherby office as well as visitors parking and street parking on Amy Johnson Way for the York office. There are regular bus services to and from the surrounding area in Wetherby and regular services to Clifton Moor from York City Centre when travelling to the York Eco Business Centre.

Both rooms are located on the first floor. In Wetherby the access is via a staircase while for counselling in York there is both a staircase and lift. Please contact me if you have any accessibility requirements in order to attend the sessions.