Rich Goodson

Rich Goodson

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Belper

Belper DE56
Sessions from £55.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


Current availability on Thursdays 1pm till 7pm and Fridays 8am till 3pm

About me and my therapy practice

My therapy is online and so is not geographically tied.  It is based in compassion and in Buddhist psychology.  It is also integrative - so I will work with you using whatever approaches suit you and your needs best.  It is LGBTQ+ -affirmative and intersectionally aware.  

I have successfully worked with people suffering from grief, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, people recovering from abusive relationships and people questioning their lives and identities.

I provide you with a safe, deeply grounded and non-judgemental space for you to talk about what you need to talk about.  My emphasis as a therapist is on self-compassion, mindful acceptance and the opening up of perspectives.  I will listen, I will witness, and I will encourage you to explore the issues at hand.   If you’re ready, I may ask you questions and gently challenge.  My aim is always for you to feel more at the centre of your own life.

Who am I?  I’m from a working class background.  I read English at Oxford and did a PGCE at Sheffield.  Before becoming a therapist I taught refugee adults and teenagers for 25 years.  I’m a practising Zen Buddhist and a published poet.  I’ve lived with my husband for the last 20 years.  None of this may be relevant to you - but all of these things inform, deepen and widen my practice as a therapist.  

I qualified with Tariki Counselling and Psychotherapy Training, tutored by Caroline Brazier, and then did a placement with Nottingham Counselling Service, with whom I still volunteer.

I look forward to working with you.

My first session

I offer a free 30 minute session, with no obligation, so that you can decide if I'm the right therapist for you.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, LGBTQ+ counselling, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma

Types of therapy

Creative therapy, Eclectic, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic

Clients I work with

Adults, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Time-limited