Richard Whitenstall

Richard Whitenstall

Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: English

Contact information

Contact Richard

Therapist - Southampton

Southampton SO31
Sessions from £50.00



WED - 5.30pm to 7.30pm
THU  - 5.30pm to 7.30pm
SAT   - 10.00am to 12.00pm

About me and my therapy practice

I am a Gestalt Counsellor and started seeing clients from 2013. This was through placements at Hampshire charities No Limits (young people) and Cruse (bereavement). 

From 2017 to 2019 I set up and ran a counselling service with London charity Positive21 (HIV). In the past I have worked with LGBT young people who are at risk of sexual exploitation, domestic abuse and neglect as a project worker. I am co-author of "Strength to Talk" which is dedicated to men's mental health with all proceeds going to the charity Mind.

A career highlight was being able to improve understanding of the risks that LGBT young people face to other mental health professionals at Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) County Forum in 2014.

Practice description

Get There Counselling is an online only service which allows you to connect from your home or place you feel secure. 

Step By Step

Step 1: Book consultation on Power Diary (via my website)

Step 2: Click on the contract in your confirmation email & complete (a sample contract can be found on my website). This is agreeing to confidentiality, completing emergency contact details and any relevant medical information.

Step 3: Attend free 30 min consultation via Power Diary. This is an encrypted service and you will be sent a link that will allow you to join. Use this consultation to ask questions and see if we have a good connection to work on the issues you want to.

Step 4: Agree plan with Rich (plans can be as short or as long as you like). Sessions are 50 min long and delivered through Power Diary.

Step 5: Use Power Diary to book and pay for further sessions. 

My rate for trainee counsellors is £35.00. Please mention this during the initial consultation and any course paperwork requirements.

My first session

In your first session we will be building the trust and rapport so we can explore the issues we identified during the initial consultation and check in towards the end of the session to see how it was for you and thinking about how many sessions would work so we have a plan to work from.

I tend to think of treatment in blocks of 3, and on the 3rd session we will review and decide together if some more would work or if you have looked at what you wanted to look at and you are happy to end it there.

The priority for this work is to help you Get There!

What I can help with

Abuse, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Gestalt, Humanistic, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling