How Fees Work.

Affordable Prices

Competitively priced private counselling fees, from the highly qualified, experienced & effective local & video counsellor, Dean Richardson MNCS(Accred/Reg)

Pay for the Service you Use

No overall single fee – simply pay the fee for the specific counselling service that you and your partner need (or you alone if you prefer).

Sliding Scale

Trouble affording private counselling? My approach can invite you to pay what you can responsibly afford for therapy when places are available.

Price Guarantee.

The per-session price set at the beginning of our counselling work (see further down the page) will not increase during the whole time we’re working together.

Compare this guarantee with other therapy services where there may be a compulsory annual-increase (such as is typical with local counselling charities) or a surprise increase from other private counsellors.

The fee you pay for the service you have chosen will not change for the entire time we work together*.  This is true whether we work for a handful of sessions or for several years; any increases that I make to my advertised standard prices will not change the per-session fee that you’re paying.

* During our work should we agree for you to pay a lower fee (i.e. sliding scale / a fee you can responsibly afford) the fee you pay will be based upon your income and expenses. So, when your circumstances change (e.g. you gain a larger income, or your expenses change) then your fee will change to reflect this fairly. Similarly, if you have a temporary reduction in income and we agree a temporary reduction in our per-session fee, your original fee will resume when your income does. This is to sure that you are always paying what you can afford responsibly.
No Fee Increase

Prices per Service.

Sliding Scale:

If your combined income and/or savings make my published fees unaffordable, and you can justify a need for lower-fee counselling, please get in touch to talk with me. We may be able to discuss a per-session fee (and/or a set number of sessions) that you may be able to budget for responsibly, when I have lower-fee places available.

Payable Weekly: All fees are payable weekly in advance of the session. Accepted payment methods: credit card, debit card, BACS bank (app) transfer & PayPal.

Distinct Fees: The counselling service you choose has an associated fee (i.e. you choose one particular service). For ethical and logistical reasons, I do not support someone entering multiple services with me (eg entering couple counselling with me along with your partner, and individual counselling with me alone).

Difficulty Choosing? Get in contact to discuss your options for your particular situation.

  • Video Counselling via Zoom / Skype continues with no restrictions (face-to-face services are currently suspended).
  • † Fees shown above for Group Counselling are: per session per person.
  • My counselling fees for couples assumes that the fee is managed between you both (eg dividing the total cost proportionally according to what each partner may responsibly afford).
  • My counselling fees for groups assumes that the total cost is managed within your group (eg dividing the total cost proportionally according to what each member may responsibly afford).
  • If your circumstances require, I may be able to negotiate a lower fee based upon what you both can responsibly afford for each weekly session. This would involve an open discussion about your income, expenditure and savings (e.g. if you were both paying an expensive weekly expense for social reasons, I would anticipate a discussion on how you might temporarily forego this expense during our work – private counselling cannot subsidise your optional activities by reducing session fees). Please bring this matter up when you contact me.
  • Fees are per 50-minute weekly session by default for individuals and couples, or optionally 90 minutes weekly by prior arrangement. Groups are weekly 90 minutes only.
  • Sessions may be arranged for more than once a week by prior arrangement.

Recommending Comments.

Over 21 years worth of cases (over 2,000 people) ~ many things have been said about Dean’s effective approach to counselling with LGBT/QIA+, but these are highlights…

I discovered that we were in a open relationship… I hadn’t known!

We came into counselling to talk about what our relationship needed, and what we couldn’t give to each other.

We though we wanted to separate (and we didn’t want to). We learned what we really wanted was to learn how to do some things separately, and we stayed together.

We were ready to have children, but both of our upbringing was a bad experience. We wanted to make sure we’d tidied up our history before we welcomed in our first kid.

I needed to talk with my partner about Lesbian Bed Death. I’d been with an individual counsellor she kind-of put me off.

Dean had no problems talking with me about sexuality, sex and intimacy, and what was happening (or wasn’t happening!) in my relationship.

When my husband came out as gay, we wanted to stay together but didn’t know how (wife).

We met in a a pub and started going out. It was a year before we realised this wasn’t enough to keep us together – we didn’t really know each other.

We had fallen out of love. We wanted to get back the relationship we used to have.

As couple counselling progressed we gave up the idea of recapturing the past (that was lost). Instead we created a newer relationship together.

Our local GU clinic recommended we seek counselling because of one sus being unfaithful.

We argued over sex. During our counselling we both discovered that arguments were covering up fear. Once we addressed our fears the arguments went away.

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Private Relationship Counselling especially for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Mixed and Queer Couples - serving locations in and around central Havant, Petersfield to Waterlooville, Cosham to Portsmouth & Southsea, Southampton to Chichester, Fareham to Gosport, Hayling Island, Emsworth, Westbourne, Rowland's Castle, local residents anywhere in between and regularly further afield!

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…