About Us

RICK HUGHES MBACP, MPhil, BA (Hons), DipC, DipM

After a short, yet illuminating career in marketing, Rick retrained as a Counsellor in the mid 1990's, initially in Georgia USA, then at Strathclyde University under Professor Dave Mearns, after which he co-edited his first book, 'Experiences of Person-Centred Counselling Training', which is now recommended reading on many UK counselling courses. He then researched 'Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace' for his MPhil.

He gained experience as a Counsellor in Primary Care, Education and the Workplace, then founded 'Edinburgh Coaching & Counselling' (ECC), headed up Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) Glasgow Ltd and become the Northern UK Counsellor for a global pharmaceutical company.

He was lured to the UK's largest (at the time) employee assistance programme provider, taking up a senior role at Independent Counselling & Advisory Services (ICAS). Here Rick specialised as case manager for most of the UK's rail operators, concentrating on trauma support. At ICAS, as well as privately, Rick provided post-trauma support after 9/11, the London Bombings and the Asian Tsunami.

In 2002, Rick became Deputy Chair of the Association for Counselling at Work and was appointed the specialist journal editor for 'Counselling at Work', a post he held for 9 years. He joined the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) in 2008 as their Lead Advisor: Workplace as an advocate, advisor and ambassador for talking therapies in the workplace, for practitioners, business and the UK government.

In 2016, Rick took on the role of Head of Service for the University of Aberdeen Student Counselling Service managing a large team of counsellors and providing a therapeutic service for the diverse and international student community of some 15,000.

A frequent contributor to the national media, trade and business press, Rick has published several books - see BOOKS, including 'Employee Well-being Support - A Workplace Resource', 'The International Handbook of Workplace Trauma Support', 'The Crisis Book' (launched in the UK, USA and now France), and 'The Wellbeing Workout - how to manage stress and develop resilience' (2018).

Rick is a registered member of BACP (counselling), the UK Psychological Trauma Society (trauma) and subscribes to the coaching code of ethics from the International Coach Federation (coaching).

As well as enjoying the outdoors, Rick has dabbled in screenwriting, winning a BAFTA Nomination for one of his film scripts.