Richard Safhill

Richard Safhill

Registered Member MBACP

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Phone number
07834 543744

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Therapist - York

York YO30
07834 543744
Sessions from £45.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Available for home visits


I offer daytime and evening face to face appointments and can discuss with you a time that can work for us both. 

I work from an office at Clifton Moor in York, which offers easy parking and disabled access.

I also offer remote sessions via zoom or telephone - please enquire for details. 

I recommend weekly or fortnightly sessions, to be able to develop momentum in our work - we can initially contract for a set number of sessions, usually six, to review after this point. 

About me and my therapy practice

As a lecturer in counselling at York St John University and an experienced practitioner, I support people with a range of issues, including anxiety and depression, addictions, historic abuse, relationship problems and work issues. Being person-centred, I help to build a safe and supportive space where you can explore your problems at your own pace. My approach is to help you identify and explore themes in your life as well as to make connections between your present and past experiences. I believe this can lead to fresh insight, self-acceptance and creative ways forward from your problems. I work hard to understand and empathise with your unique experience and to develop a collaborative approach where we can explore together how to tackle your present day difficulties, sometimes bringing in other approaches to facilitate this.

For students who require a set number of sessions for their training, I can offer a discount for a block booking if sessions are held online. 

For further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Practice description

In our work together, you can expect a supportive and caring environment to help you process your difficulties. As our work develops, I also offer constructive challenge to help you to become open to looking at your problems from different angles, which can lead to new insights and help to find a way forward. Drawing on my own life experience, I am skilled in helping people to navigate major life changes, including grieving, career change and end of relationship. I firmly believe that what feels like a crisis can lead to a time of growth and regeneration, when fully processed and explored. 

My first session

In the first session, you can expect a space to talk freely about what is concerning you. I find that this can be very helpful in itself and that the act of voicing your problems can offer significant relief. From there, I help you identify key themes that will then provide focus for our work going forward. If you wish to meet initially to see if we are the right fit as therapist and client, I offer a free 15 minute Zoom or telephone consultation to help you decide and ask any questions you may have. I keep brief notes on sessions and ask for emergency contact details, but do not undertake a lengthy assessment, meaning we can go into the work from the very first session.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited

Languages spoken