Richard Safhill

Richard Safhill

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
07834 543744

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Therapist - York

York YO30
07834 543744
Sessions from £50.00


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


Offering daytime and evening face to face appointments, I 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.

In addition, I 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

I am a BACP accredited practitioner and offer a high quality and professional counselling service, supporting people with a range of issues. These include anxiety and depression, addictions, historic abuse, relationship problems and work issues. As a humanistic counsellor, I build a safe and supportive space where you can talk freely about your problems at your own pace. Working with the 'whole person' rather than a collection of symptoms, I firmly believe that our choices and responses make sense when we take time to explore them. Working existentially, I am particularly skilled in helping people who are going through major changes in their lives. This could be a change of career, significant loss or end of relationship. Exploring together, I can help you to find ways to create new meanings in your live and to reconnect with the world around you. I firmly believe that what feels like a crisis can in time lead to new growth and a life more connected with your values. 

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 - these can including grief and loss, career change and end of a relationship. I firmly believe that what feels like a crisis can lead to a time of growth and regeneration, when our experiences are fully 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, Trainees

How I deliver therapy

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

Languages spoken