Therapist, Counsellor, content producer.
About me Richard Mills.
I have been offering counselling and psychotherapy to individuals for 20 years, and am a content producer for Save Therapy.
Top priority for me is whether you feel you can talk to me. I meet all sorts of people and I try to help everyone I see feel accepted enough to allow us together to explore whatever needs addressing.
Please feel free to call me first, or just send an email or text.
Continuing Professional Development.
Each year I do various activities that contribute to my continuing professional development. These include one-day seminars or lectures on a whole range of topics to do with therapy and life. I don’t want clutter this page with a long list of what I have done over the last 20 years, but I will mention a couple of highlights:
Two 12-week psychodrama groups in Bradford, with Aggi Jakubska
A one-day psychodrama course with David Brazier
Various seminars at the Harry Guntrip Trust in Leeds, with Ronald Britton, Patrick Casement, Adam Phillips, and many others.
The work I do in co-counselling – both the time I focus on myself and when I teach co-counselling to others – is very important for my ongoing personal development.
Training, qualifications & experience
My first degree is a BA in European Studies, for which I studied French, German, Politics and Economics at Loughborough University (1974 – 1978).
After university I did a one-year Postgraduate Diploma in International Marketing at North Staffordshire Polytechnic in Stoke.
I decided to take a completely different turn in my late 20’s and went to music school in Leeds: I attended Leeds College of Music (1986 – 1989) and took the 3-year degree course in Jazz and Contemporary Music. I had to deal with a life-changing shock during this period, which I won’t go into here. I eventually followed up this course with a one-year jazz course in Wakefield in 2000, and gained a diploma in jazz improvisation. The qualification is called Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Dance. I still play jazz in my leisure time, when I am not doing counselling and psychotherapy.
When I got interested in counselling and therapy in my mid-30’s, I first did a 10-week introductory course(1992), followed by an RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills, at the Swarthmore Centre in Leeds (1992 – 1993).
I then trained at Park Lane College for 3 years and gained a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (1993 – 1996).
After that I did another year at Leeds Metropolitan University which converted my diploma into a BSc degree in Therapeutic Counselling (1997 – 1998).
I attained BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) Accreditation in 1998.
In 1999 I gained a certificate in therapeutic groupwork from Group Analysis North, which was a one-year course (1998 – 1999).
In 2011 I successfully applied for status as Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with the BACP.
2014: Certificate in Couples Counselling with Leeds Psychotherapy Training Institute.
I am registered on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, certificate number: 6161
Areas of counselling I deal with.
Affairs and betrayals
Antisocial personality disorder
Avoidant personality disorder
Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
Body dysmorphic disorder
Borderline personality disorder
Child related issues
Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
Dependent personality disorder
Generalised anxiety disorder
Histrionic personality disorder
Narcissistic personality disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
Paranoid personality disorder
Passive aggressive behaviour
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Pregnancy and birth
Schizoid personality disorder
Schizotypal personality disorder
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Separation and divorce