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.

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

An important resource for gay and lesbian relationships is couple counselling, whether it comes at a time of stress […] or is used as a preventive measure to build stability.

Betty Berzon – “The Intimacy Dance – A Guide to Long-term Success in Gay and Lesbian Relationships” (buy on Amazon)

Most gay […] couples will be able to appraise the level of a therapist’s knowledge about homosexuality and gay/lesbian life-styles in a very short time.

J. C. Gonsiorek – “Guide to Psychotherapy with Gay and Lesbian Clients” (buy on Amazon) – Chapter: Psychotherapy for Gay Male Couples.

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

Private LGBT Couple Counselling Services for local gay & lesbian adults, serving Central Havant, Petersfield to Waterlooville, Cosham to Portsmouth & Southsea, Southampton to Chichester, Fareham to Gosport, Hayling Island, residents anywhere in between and regularly further afield!

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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…

Gay male couple not speaking

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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Lesbian couple fallen out

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.

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.

Got a Question? Don't Hold Back…

If you have a question about gay & lesbian couple relationship counselling in Havant and Waterlooville, or want to ask about making your first appointment, feel free to drop me a line any time…

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