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Counselling in person or Video call 


About Me

Richard Bird BSc (Hons) MBACP - Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Hi, my name is Richard Bird, thank you for visiting my website. In these challenging times, it is as important as ever to self-care and look after our mental well-being. 

My background is that in my former career, I have 30 years experience working up to Director level in Investment banking in the City of London. I worked mainly for banks, such as Barclays, Deutsche bank and Lehman Brothers. 

Whilst I work with all types of clients, I have particular experience with:

  • Enabling men to deal with their issues, such as anger

  • Helping people to successfully make transitions in their careers

  • Working with people living with chronic health conditions to help them achieve their goals

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. 

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 counselling modalities.

I offer individual and couples counselling. I'm happy to work with Students of Counselling also, please call to discuss. 

Fees: £50 per session for single clients. £60 for couples. 

I hold the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am additionally qualified to Post Graduate Level 5 Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB.)

In addition to Private Practice, I teach Counselling skills at a Further Education College and I am a Well-being Counsellor for a Nationwide health charity.

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

Face to face counselling sessions take place in beautiful private rooms within a Grade 2 listed building on Harpenden High Street. Alternatively, I can offer Walk and Talk sessions outside if you prefer.


Thought-Based Approach

Support That Makes a Difference

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Lots of men can struggle with dealing with life issues, finding it difficult to express what's going on from them. As such, their go emotion tends to be anger. Anger gets a bad press, but actually it can be seen as a warning system that something's not right. By exploring feelings such as anger, we can work together to see what's really going on, and with that awareness, make a plan for change.

Walk and talk therapy 

Who ever said that therapy needs to take place indoors? If you prefer, we can arrange to meet at an outdoor location and take it from there. Talking outside can be less inhibiting sometimes and feel a bit more natural. Bring a brolly. 

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.


"This too shall pass." 

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65 High Street, Harpenden AL5 2SL

07952 332201

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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