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Richard Swynnerton

COUNSELLOR & PSYCHOTHERAPIST

07981 792 490

Richard@swynnertontherapy.com

Hi, I’m Richard Swynnerton,

A counsellor and psychotherapist with over twenty-five years of experience helping people resolve their personal difficulties. During this time, I’ve worked for a variety of public sector organisations and training institutions while maintaining a private practice throughout.

I decided to train to be a therapist back in 1992 after a rewarding experience in personal therapy. Making better sense of my experience and getting a clearer perspective on my life gave me the confidence and conviction in counselling and psychotherapy as an invaluable aid for self-development and personal growth and it’s something I’ve felt passionate about ever since.

Over the years, I have come to see that no one approach to therapy holds all the answers. Consequently, I draw upon existential, humanistic and cognitive behavioural concepts and ideas in my work with clients. You can learn more about my approach to therapy here.

I qualified in 1998 as a psychotherapist accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy having completed approximately five years of training at The School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University, one of the top training institutions in the country. I have remained a member of the UKCP ever since.

Certificate in Clinical Supervision
New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling 2002

Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy
The School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at

Regent’s University 1998
MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling

The School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at
Regent’s University 1995

Accredited Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy
1998-present

 

2012-2015 Clinical Supervisor: Community Alcohol Support Service: Fulham.

Clinical supervisor for the team at this alcohol service in West London. The team comprised a mixture of counsellors, drug workers, team leaders as well as the manager, and therefore supervision needed to be pitched according to the needs and concerns of each individual member of staff. This role required extensive experience within the field of substance misuse in general as well as an ability to be flexible in terms of the supervision provided.

2011 – 2012: Clinical Supervisor, The Alcohol Resource Centre, Ladbroke Grove.
I provided fortnightly clinical supervision to the counsellors and drug workers at this busy drug and alcohol service based at Ladbroke Grove.

2006 –2015: Counselling Service Manager, The Pan Barnet Counselling Service, Barnet.
I was the counselling service manager and clinical supervisor for this busy front- line public sector service based initially at Turning Point and then at Westminster Drug Project in Finchley Central as well as at The Barnet Drug and Alcohol Service, at Edgware Community hospital.

2004 – 2014: Clinical Supervisor, The Claremont Psychotherapy Service, Islington.
Supervisor for the therapists at this psychotherapy and counselling service, which was established in 2004. I also provided consultancy and advice to the executive director during set up of service.

2004 – 2006: Clinical Supervisor, The Consultation Centre, Regent’s University, London.
Supervisor for MA students at The School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology at Regent’s University who were working with clients at the college consultation centre.

2001 – 2006: Clinical Supervisor, Turning Point, East Finchley.
Supervisor of the counselling team at this drug and alcohol service from its inception in 2001 until 2006. Duties involved supervising the clinical work of the therapists as well as overseeing the gradual evolution of this very successful service as it has expanded from one to five counsellors.

1998-present: Private Practice, High Barnet, London and Online.

I have been working as a counsellor in private practice since qualifying in 1998. During this time, I have worked with hundreds of people, helping them to get to grips with all sorts of life problems and difficulties. My particular areas of expertise include working with anxiety and fear related issues, as well as with relationship difficulties and addictions. I am an interactive and communicative therapist who enjoys helping others to over come their difficulties and start to live life to the full.

1995 – 2000 Brent Mind
I worked as a counselling assessor, conducting initial interviews with prospective clients to assess their suitability for counselling. In addition to conducting interviews, other duties included referring clients to suitable counsellors and liasing with the counselling services manager, GPs and psychiatrists.

1993 – 1997 Brent Mind
Volunteer counsellor for a dynamic mental health charity in Brent. A great deal of experience was gained during this time, working with a diverse and challenging cross section of clients, many of whom were referred directly to the agency from local psychiatric hospitals and GP surgeries. During my time at Brent Mind, I worked with many clients experiencing severe mental health problems many who were highly medicated throughout the duration of therapy. I also worked regularly with clients presenting with drug and alcohol related issues as well.

1997 – 2007: Tutor, Lecturer and Supervisor at The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London.
I taught at this leading training institution for ten years, leading many of the courses the college offered during this time. These included foundation courses in psychotherapy and counselling as well as MA courses including Human Sexuality, Time Limited Therapy as well as Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice. I provided clinical supervision to students in placement settings during this time as well.

1996 – 2016: Tutor and Lecturer at The School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University.
Initially a visiting lecturer but from 1998, course Leader of both the Monday and Saturday foundation programs at this top training institution. Leading these large groups of 24 students required a variety of different skills. In addition to an excellent knowledge of different psychotherapeutic approaches, duties included, interviewing prospective students, lecturing, facilitating experiential and counselling skills work, providing tutorials and references for students and evaluating their performance on the course. Excellent interpersonal skills were required to manage these groups successfully and to liaise with other team members.

Publications

R. Swynnerton and P. Smith-Pickard (2005) The Body and Sexuality; in Existential Perspectives on Human Issues: a Handbook for Therapeutic Practice. Palgrove Macmillan. London.

Richard Swynnerton

COUNSELLOR & PSYCHOTHERAPIST

07981 792 490
Richard@swynnertontherapy.com

Hi, I’m Richard Swynnerton,

A counsellor and psychotherapist with over twenty-five years of experience helping people resolve their personal difficulties. During this time, I’ve worked for a variety of public sector organisations and training institutions while maintaining a private practice throughout.

I decided to train to be a therapist back in 1992 after a rewarding experience in personal therapy. Making better sense of my experience and getting a clearer perspective on my life gave me the confidence and conviction in counselling and psychotherapy as an invaluable aid for self-development and personal growth and it’s something I’ve felt passionate about ever since.

Over the years, I have come to see that no one approach to therapy holds all the answers. Consequently, I draw upon existential, humanistic and cognitive behavioural concepts and ideas in my work with clients. You can learn more about my approach to therapy here.

I qualified in 1998 as a psychotherapist accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy having completed approximately five years of training at The School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University, one of the top training institutions in the country. I have remained a member of the UKCP ever since.

Certificate in Clinical Supervision
New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling 2002

Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy
The School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at

Regent’s University 1998
MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling

The School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at
Regent’s University 1995

Accredited Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy
1998-present

 

I qualified in 1998 as a psychotherapist accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy having completed approximately five years of training at The School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University, one of the top training institutions in the country. I have remained a member of the UKCP ever since.

Publications

R. Swynnerton and P. Smith-Pickard (2005) The Body and Sexuality; in Existential Perspectives on Human Issues: a Handbook for Therapeutic Practice. Palgrove Macmillan. London.

Richard Swynnerton

COUNSELLOR & PSYCHOTHERAPIST

07981 792 490
Richard@swynnertontherapy.com

Hi, I’m Richard Swynnerton,

A counsellor and psychotherapist with over twenty-five years of experience helping people resolve their personal difficulties. During this time, I’ve worked for a variety of public sector organisations and training institutions while maintaining a private practice throughout.

I decided to train to be a therapist back in 1992 after a rewarding experience in personal therapy. Making better sense of my experience and getting a clearer perspective on my life gave me the confidence and conviction in counselling and psychotherapy as an invaluable aid for self-development and personal growth and it’s something I’ve felt passionate about ever since.

Over the years, I have come to see that no one approach to therapy holds all the answers. Consequently, I draw upon existential, humanistic and cognitive behavioural concepts and ideas in my work with clients. You can learn more about my approach to therapy here.

I qualified in 1998 as a psychotherapist accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy having completed approximately five years of training at The School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University, one of the top training institutions in the country. I have remained a member of the UKCP ever since.

Certificate in Clinical Supervision
New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling 2002

Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy
The School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at

Regent’s University 1998
MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling

The School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at
Regent’s University 1995

Accredited Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy
1998-present

 

I qualified in 1998 as a psychotherapist accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy having completed approximately five years of training at The School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University, one of the top training institutions in the country. I have remained a member of the UKCP ever since.

I qualified in 1998 as a psychotherapist accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy having completed approximately five years of training at The School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University, one of the top training institutions in the country. I have remained a member of the UKCP ever since.

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