Don’t go into a relationship and expect things. You’ve got to go in and do things. You have to show your love and show your commitment. That’s what will get into someone’s heart and make the relationship. Then you find somebody else who’s willing to put the equal into it. Then you’ve got a relationship.

Eric Marcus – The Male Couple’s Guide (3rd ed. © 1999)

Counsellor Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant)

Finding LGBT Couple Counselling.

LGBT Couple Counselling, Havant, Hampshire

Dean Richardson MNCS(Acc) MBACP(Accred)
Counsellor for LGBT Couples, Individuals and Small Groups,
c/o The Cove Therapy Rooms,
Davies Pharmacy Ltd,
12 West Street

Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant) is a specialist in LGBT Counselling (individuals, couples and small groups), and he is based in central Havant, Hampshire.

His offices are quiet and discreet, with plenty of car parks just around the corner, a short walking distance from Havant Central Bus & Train Stations, and just 5 minutes drive from the main A27 access road.

The location is suitable for wheelchairs & the severely mobility impaired (with wheelchair accessible toilet facilities) on a flat surface with no steps.

Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant),
c/o The Cove Therapy Rooms (Davies Pharmacy),
12 West Street,
PO9 1PF.

Counselling for Lesbian & Gay Couples.

Help for your Distinct Relationship.

Any Hampshire Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans* couple relationship can sometimes suffer strain, conflict, arguments, acting-out and abuse. Such behaviour can risk a break-up… perhaps sometimes later leading to reconciliation only to break-up again later,

But this isn’t just any generic relationship we’re talking about… it’s yours and sometimes you and your partner may benefit from some skilled assistance with a counsellor who specialises in your kind of relationship.

Meeting with LGBT Couple Counsellor Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant) in Havant or Waterlooville (Hampshire), can help lesbian. gay and bisexualcouples…

(a) learn to discover and understand what may really be going on underneath relationship behaviour & conflicts.

(b) learn to take creative and considered steps to unravel problems.

(c) learn to consider different ways to respond, snuffing out future/new conflicts as they begin.

As a lesbian, gay or mixed-orientation couple, you’ll learn ways of becoming curious about your relationship’s behaviour. This can become a powerful and useful tool for the both of you. Techniques that can continue to help you both long after you’ve ended couple counselling.

Click to learn about how to begin LGBT Couple Counselling…

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Specialist Couple Counsellor.

Although many professional counselling bodies (now!) frown upon counsellors who refuse to work with lesbian and gay people, some counsellors may still decline to work with your relationship (e.g. citing religious beliefs).

Dean Richardson, however, is an actual gay couples’ counsellor, centred in Havant, Hampshire (and also available in Waterlooville).

Spot the difference?!

Unlike some therapy services seen advertising, Dean doesn’t refer to “biblical traditional marriages” as a standard to achieve. He doesn’t advise LGBT couples on “what a normal couple would do is…”. His approach means there doesn’t need to be more than one of him in the room with you.

Dean understands specific needs and difficulties of lesbian and gay couples in a heteronormative society… and he’ll focus specifically on your relationship needs.

In addition to Dean’s post-graduate qualification in (systemic / psychodynamic) couple counselling, he specialises in lesbian, gay and mixed-sexuality couple relationships. Plus, he’s quite down-to-earth and “non-counselley” helping you understand the processes. His aim is to help you both discover how to create ways that undo your conflicts… and to for him to become redundant.

If you wish to separate; if you wish to reconcile; if you’re not sure… LGBT couple counselling with Dean Richardson can help the both of you decide which way to move forward.

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Not just an LGBT Counsellor.

It’s not commonly known that general qualifications in counselling cover only the skills necessary to work with a single person (“individual” counselling). This can leave self-titled “fully qualified” counsellors without adequate understanding or training of the needs of couples in counselling. It’s not the same approach! Applying “individual” counselling techniques to a couple’s relationship is not an effective form of counselling.

Dean Richardson is not just a qualified counsellor. Dean is also a QUALIFIED COUPLE COUNSELLOR (Dip systemic / psychodynamic Couple Counselling; Chichester) and an Independent LGBT Couple Counsellor.

He’s the Only Gay (Couple Counsellor) in the Village 😉

Dean’s private practice focuses on the therapeutic, psychological & developmental needs of lesbian & gay couple relationships as part of his continued professional development (CPD); LGBT/Q Counselling is one of his specialities.

Even if you choose not to work with Dean, it’s worth asking each counsellor you interview: “what qualifies you to work with lesbian/gay couples?”. Listen carefully to the counsellor’s reply and make an informed decision.

Click to learn more about why you’d choose Dean Richardson…

LGBT Couple Counsellor: Dean Richardson

LGBT Couple Counsellor Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant)

Counselling Appointments.


Couples & Individuals (Havant, Hampshire)
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Monday Appointments:1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm
Tuesday Appointments:Fully booked
Wednesday Appointments:1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm
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Friday Appointments:Contact me to discuss appointments…
Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)
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Tuesday Appointments:1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm
Couples & Individuals (Havant, Hampshire)
Mon:7pm or 8pm
Fri:Contact me to discuss
Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)
Tue:1pm, 2pm, 6pm or 7pm

Waiting lists may be available for unlisted times.

NOTICE: Dean is not available from Monday 16th July to Sunday 5th August (inclusive), though he may still be available to respond to enquiries and emails.

Times in red are the most popular, and usually the first to go.
Couple Counselling Room
Couple Counselling Room

Counselling sessions are (at a minimum) weekly and on the same day and time each week.

Optionally, you may wish to discuss coming to sessions more than once a week. You may even wish to consider longer sessions (90 minutes can be available by prior arrangement). These are options, not compulsory.

Our counselling work together continues for as long (or as brief) as we both think it’s helpful… and then we’ll look at ending.

Fees are due on the day of the session (cash, cheque [made out to Dean Richardson], credit & debit cards).

Ending counselling: rather than one day saying “I’m ending counselling today” it is helpful to bring up the idea of ending counselling first. Sometimes the need to end may be a mask for something else (avoiding difficult feelings, can’t say something, acting out loss etc) and it can be helpful to distinguish, together, what ending may mean in our work. We’ll talk about endings with some thought and some planning.

Make Contact Today.

After I receive your message, I will aim to reply to you within two working days (exception will be during bank holidays and my own vacations). Often I reply very quickly.

In the contact form, you will find I’m asking for both yours and your partner’s names, telephone numbers and email addresses. This is so that I can reply to the both of you simultaneously, as this is a correspondence between me and your relationship (rather than between me and one partner in the relationship).

Explanation: My core approach in practising couple counselling takes an important neutral approach. By ensuring that the therapeutic alliance I form is with your partnership (not, as some think, with two individuals), I become part of the solution rather than the problem – and so this is why I ask for both of your contact details.

So, I will reply to the both of you simultaneously and ask that if you contact me you carbon-copy your partner in all correspondence. Everyone gets to know what’s being said, and has a say. If this is a problem (eg domestic violence) then I will understand if you wish to contact me without your partner knowing, but you and I will will figure out a way to bring your partner into counselling (if he/she wishes to).

Dean Richardson MNCS(Acc) MBACP(Accred)

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