Talking therapies


If you are stuck with a personal issue or need a space to talk through a problem, we can offer you counselling as a way to better manage your issue, find a way forward or identify a solution which works for you. We provide a sensitive yet proactive and goal-focused, problem-focused and solution-focused approach to therapy. Rick has over 25 years experience having worked with some around 5,000 clients from a wide-range of backgrounds and covering a multitude of issues and problems. He is currently Head of Service for the University of Aberdeen Counselling Service providing short-term therapy for a community of some 15,000 students from 130 nationalities. Rick is also an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

If you are interested in counselling, Rick will email you a Therapy Preparation Form which will give you some questions to consider to help you make the most out of counselling. In many cases, these prompts and questions have been sufficient to help clients find their way forward without the need for counselling - we don't charge for this. Rick has been trained by global therapy expert, Professor Windy Dryden of Goldsmiths University, London, in One-at-a-Time therapy which enables a focused counselling approach to helping you deal with here-and-now issues. This is a proven methodology to target your immediate concerns and improve your wellbeing. All of which can reduce the number of appointments necessary. 

Rick initially trained in Person-Centred Therapy under Professor Dave Mearns at the University of Strathclyde back in the mid nineties and has since evolved into an Integrative therapist, drawing from several modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Transational Analysis and Pluralistic Therapy. He was Director of Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) Glasgow Ltd, headed Edinburgh Coaching and Counselling (ECC) and has been a Clinical Manager at the multi-national employee assistance programme provider Independent Counselling and Advisory Services (ICAS).

Ultimately though, you decide what you want and Rick will work with you to find your solution or resolution.


We can help you identify ways to improve and develop, whether this is home or work-focused. Rick has worked with individuals, small-business owners, senior executives and loads of multinational organisations. He has written several books on coaching-related topics. Rick follows the ethical framework of the International Coaching Federation.


Whatever stage you are at in your career, we can offer mentoring to support and enhance your professional development. Rick can tailor a programme to fit your background, resources and profession. 


We can offer a supervisory sounding-board to give you a professional space to discuss, work-through and think-about work challenges and job-related issues. This is particularly invaluable for those in the caring and helping professions.