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About Me

Richard Bird BSc (Hons) MBACP - Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Hi, my name is Richard Bird, I believe Counselling can be highly effective in enabling all of us to deal with personal issues that we all encounter at times in our lives. Typically these issues may involve anxiety or depression but there can be many others.

The way I work is to enable you, the client to lead the agenda and to explore any areas that you would like to. I can offer short term or longer term work, particularly integrating Person-centred and Psychodynamic methods, according to your requirements. 

I am based at our comfortable rooms at The Counselling Co-operative in Harpenden town centre, which has great transport links and easy parking. 

I offer individual and couples counselling.

Fees: My standard fee is £50 per 50 minute session for Individual counselling and £60 for 60 minutes for Couples. Concessions are available. 

I have particular experience with:

  • Young people aged 16-25

  • Carers and Older people

  • People with long term health conditions

  • Working Professionals

In addition to private practice, I work as a lecturer in Counselling Studies at West Herts College, Hertfordshire.

I hold the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am additionally qualified to Post Graduate Level 5 Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB.) I am a Trustee for a Nationwide health charity, I have volunteered with Youth groups for 10 years and I have 30 years experience of working in industry. 

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by it's Code of Ethics.  


Thought-Based Approach

Support That Makes a Difference

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Young People

I have worked with young people with a Housing Association supporting the homeless, as well as being a Leader for a National and International Youth organisation. Issues may include anxiety, depression, low self esteem, self harming, stress at school or college, gaming and social media addiction.  

Older people and Carers

I have provided Counselling to a National charity that supports people over the age of 50. Issues may include loss, dementia, guilt and anxiety around caring for a loved one and loss of identity. Counselling provides a confidential, safe breathing space to be heard and to express thoughts and feelings that you may not be prepared to share with other family members.

Long term illness

As someone who was born with a complicated health condition, I feel that I understand what you may be going through if you have a long term illness. Associated depression and anxiety can be explored and acknowledged in our confidential sessions. Increased self-awareness can bring about movement in terms of acceptance of our conditions and the possibility of change in how they influence our lives.


Working Professionals

Enabling choice

The constant change in our work may impact on many aspects of our lives, such as relationships, health and personal fulfillment. With three decades of industry experience, I believe that I am well placed to help you navigate your options, particularly with regards to your core values and personal ambitions. Our sessions are, understandably, discreet and confidential.

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Couples Counselling

Helping You Move Forward

It's not at all unusual for us to experience relationship difficulties in our lives. Let's sit down together in a safe, confidential environment to consider the relationship in detail and work out the best way forward.

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"This too shall pass." 

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1 Kirkdale Road, Harpenden AL5 2PT

07952 332201


Client Testimonials

"Heartfelt thanks for your help and support. I feel our sessions have helped me enormously during this difficult time."

Female client

"When my husband was diagnosed with dementia, my world fell apart. He was my best friend and the person that I always turned to, he was slowly turning into a person that I did not know. Having Richard to talk to kept me sane and helped me be strong enough to carry on. I am so grateful that he continues to see me."

Female client