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Why might
I need counselling?

Many people face issues at some point in their lives which they cannot overcome on their own. For financial difficulties, it would make sense to talk to an expert on finances, and for mental health difficulties, talking to a counsellor, an expert in the way the mind works, is often a way to explore the issue(s) and find a healthy way to deal with them.

Mental ill health is something that affects one in four people in England, every year[1],  and is nothing to feel ashamed of. Whether the issue is childhood experiences that have shaped your life, relationship difficulties, repeating patterns that you can’t seem to break, or a traumatic experience that has had a big impact on you, talking about it, and working through it can have a dramatic impact on your mental, and even physical, wellbeing.

Frequently
Asked Questions

You can self-refer to Rising Sun Therapies for counselling, and we also take referrals from other professionals.

Deciding that you might need some extra help is a great first step.

A good counsellor will be registered and accredited, and you can find them on the professional register of counsellors. See below to read about Richard’s accreditation.

Richard offers an initial 20-minute get-to-know-each-other session, if you wish, to establish whether the client/counsellor relationship works for you both.
Alternatively, you can go straight to a 50-minute appointment.
The sessions are built around you, and will be scheduled according to what works best for your needs and your other commitments. After each session, the next session will be discussed. Richard does not offer packs of sessions, as those might not be the best fit for the client.

Richard offers an initial 20-minute get-to-know-each-other session, if you wish, to establish whether the client/counsellor relationship works for you both.
Alternatively, you can go straight to a 50-minute appointment.
The sessions are built around you, and will be scheduled according to what works best for your needs and your other commitments. After each session, the next session will be discussed. Richard does not offer packs of sessions, as those might not be the best fit for the client.

For some clients, face-to-face counselling is the best option, where for others it’s simply not possible. Online counselling offers a solution to those who are not local to the Rising Sun studio, who can’t travel for sessions, or for whom leaving their home is difficult (for whatever reason).
Online counselling can be done via Zoom or Teams, or through Facetime or WhatsApp video calls. We recommend that clients use wifi, rather than data for online sessions, due to the potential cost, and ensure that they are able to maintain a good connection. A private, quiet, location is also essential.

Richard has experience with abuse and trauma including PTSD, all types of physical, mental and learning disability, addictive behaviours, relationship and family issues, work- and career-related issues, issues related to sex, gender and identity, and more.
For a full list of the areas in which Richard has experience, see the British Association of Counselling Professionals’ Counselling Directory.

Richard is an empathetic, professional individual with a wealth of personal knowledge and communication skills. I would recommend him and his services to anyone in need of them.

George C.

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About
Richard McGerther

Richard is a trained counsellor, with extensive experience in the healthcare sector, and a trained psychologist. He receives private patients at My Sleepy Hollow.

He also works through Simply Counselling, in Plymouth, and via Trauma Informed Schools, an organisation which seeks to “provide appropriate training for schools, communities and organisations so that they become trauma informed and mentally healthy places for all” where he is a tutor and supervisor.

Richard is a member of the British Association of Counselling Professionals:

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