About Richard Broadley:

Until recently my work was equally divided between being a Principal Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy teaching on a BACP- accredited counsellor training programme at Nottingham Trent University, and my independent practice as a counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and consultant. Now most of my work is as a practitioner.


After 5 years in publishing and 2 years as a school teacher, I have worked for over 30 years in the guidance, counselling and therapy field. The following spans of experience weren’t mutually exclusive, so adding them doesn’t mean I’m in my nineties!
  • 7 years as a careers guidance practitioner
  • 28 years as trainer in Higher Education (mainly of professionals in careers guidance, education, nursing, and for the last 10 years, counselling)
  • 2 years as a RELATE counsellor
  • 5 years as a University student and staff counsellor
  • 18 years as an independent counsellor and psychotherapist
  • 14 years as a clinical supervisor and practice consultant



These are the three areas related to my work:-

Counselling and Psychotherapy

• 4 years in Transactional Analysis
• 2 years in relationship counselling
• postgraduate Diploma in Counselling
• Certificate in Counselling supervision
• Accredited as a Counsellor by the BACP
• Registered as an Independent Counsellor by the UKRC

Careers Guidance

  • Diploma in Careers Guidance
  • Education and Training
  • Cert. Ed (Teachers Certificate)
  • MEd (Human Relations)
  • Accredited as a Counsellor Trainer by the BACP


I have been registered as blind since 1980 (although I retain a little usable vision), and am experienced in working with people who are facing issues of disability, loss and adjustment.

I am available for:

• Counselling and psychotherapy
• Consultancy
• Clinical and training supervision (please contact me to discuss your needs)

phone: (0115) 969 3396 fax: (0115) 969 3663
or email me

Counselling and Psychotherapy

What it is, and what it’s for

I offer here a slightly amended version of the description provided by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in the introduction to its codes of ethics and practice for counsellors (now replaced by an Ethical Framework – see Safeguards)
There is no generally accepted distinction between counselling and psychotherapy. There are well founded traditions which use the terms interchangeably and others which distinguish between them. Regardless of the theoretical approaches preferred by individual counsellors or psychotherapists, there are ethical issues which are common to all therapeutic practice.
The overall aims of counselling and psychotherapy are to provide an opportunity for the client to work towards living in a way he or she experiences as more satisfying and resourceful. The terms counselling and psychotherapy include work with individuals, pairs/couples or groups of people. The objectives of a therapeutic relationship will vary according to the client's needs. Counselling and psychotherapy can be concerned with developmental issues; addressing and resolving specific problems; making decisions; coping with crises, choices and changes; developing self-insight and knowledge; working through feelings of inner conflict; improving relationships with others. The therapist’s rôle is to facilitate the client's work in ways which respect the client's values, personal resources and capacity for choice within his or her cultural context.
Counselling and psychotherapy involves a deliberately undertaken contract with clearly agreed boundaries and commitment to privacy and confidentiality. It requires explicit and informed agreement.
Should you wish to explore more thoroughly whether counselling and psychotherapy is suitable for you I suggest you obtain a BACP booklet entitled "Counselling and Psychotherapy – is it for me? A Client guide" – by contacting BACP on their product ordering phone number: 0870 443 5172.



My experience and ‘credentials’

In brief, I have over eighteen years experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice; during that time I have also worked as a University student and staff counsellor and a RELATE counsellor. See my profile for more details and a summary of my trainings. Since 1994 I have also been an EAP counsellor, which means that I have been selected to provide counselling for the employees of a large number of major companies based in (or with branches in) the East Midlands. As a counsellor trainer for the last ten years, I have gained many more insights for myself, both theoretical and practical. As a ‘clinical supervisor’ of many other therapists since 1988 I have increased my understanding of a vast range of client concerns and therapeutic responses. I am very aware of the potentially high levels of vulnerability which many of my clients experience, and I work to the highest possible professional and ethical standards in all aspects of my practice. To this end I have sought and been awarded two accreditations by the BACP, one as a practitioner and the other as a trainer. This is the highest level of practitioner licensing currently available for counsellors in the UK.


My Theory and Practice


The theoretical underpinnings to the way I practise are essentially humanistic and reflect my own travels within two connected dimensions. The first being in a theoretical landscape of Transactional Analysis and the Person Centred Approach, and made much more varied and enriching by frequent trips into other conceptual territories including Gestalt, Existentialism, Personal Construct Theory, and the Transpersonal.
The other dimension to my travels in this area is concerned with the ways in which I acquired, digested and processed the varied theories and philosophies I encountered en route to now. In what often feels like an entirely random manner, and certainly an idiosyncratic one, I have rotated through the rôles of learner, client, practitioner and teacher many times over, each supplementing, questioning, extending and deepening my understandings when occupying the other roles
This process of evolving a theoretical and philosophical approach over more than 20 years does not end by me reaching a conclusion, nor is I an entirely conceptual/intellectual process. I prefer the term theory in action and I comfortably acknowledge that it/I will continue to develop for as long as I practise. My discomfort arises when I’m pushed to self-define, i.e. to label my theoretical base. Lamely I resort to the conventional "Integrative" . . .
One day I’ll get a new handle on this.


I work with adults (over 16) either as individuals or pairs/couples. I use the rather clumsy term pairs/couples to embrace a range of different relationships (sexual or otherwise) e.g. parent/child, same sex or heterosexual partnerships, and so on. I also offer a mediation and conciliation service (see Consultancy) for people who experience a need to resolve difficult situations in their dealings with others (e.g. work colleagues, parent/step-parent; ex-spouse or partner/current one) but don’t seek therapy.

I don’t work with children (under 16) – I don’t have the specialist expertise or experience, and legal issues can complicate what I see as therapeutic imperatives. Nor do I offer family therapy, for similar reasons plus lack of resources.

Clients’ issues and concerns

I consider myself to be a general practitioner; I feel I have sufficient training and experience to engage competently with most clients and most ‘problems’. The sorts of issues which often bring to work on include:- anxiety, stress, trauma, relationship, sexual, coping with choices and changes, work related, health-related, childhood neglect and/or abuse, grief and loss.

My primary professional interests – in which I have undertaken most research – are concerned with facing and managing choices and changes, which often present as mid-life issues, and these invariably involve clients experiencing loss and problems of adjustment.

Not all problems are ‘treatable’ by ‘talking therapy’ and some, when they emerge, are outside of my area of competence and expertise. When such circumstances arise I will explain the situation to my client and either offer to make an appropriate referral to a relevant specialist or give information about alternative help and support sources, if at all possible.


How you, as a client, are safeguarded

Not only do I protect my established reputation as competent and ethical professional practitioner by working to the highest possible standards, I am also required to practise to a set of standards, known as the ‘Ethical Framework’ devised and laid down by the BACP. The Association also has a formal Complaints Procedure which entitles any client of a BACP member, who believes they have been treated unethically, to complain to the Association. In the event that a complaint made about me should be found proven by the BACP, I would be at risk of having my registration (accreditation) rescinded. This is another, powerful, motivation which fuels my commitment to maintain high professional standards.

To view the Ethical Framework, click here. (To find the Complaints Procedure, choose the Professional Conduct Procedure page of the Framework and go to item 2).
Should you decide to see another therapist, and not me, I strongly advise you to choose a practitioner registered with either the BACP or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).


My Location and facilities

My consulting room is situated on Villa Road, just off Mansfield Road, Nottingham (A60), approximately 800m north of Nottingham city centre. It is a safe and comfortable ground floor room with a large south facing window which overlooks a spacious and private garden. Access is relatively ‘wheelchair – friendly!’ – forecourt parking is adjacent to the front door; there are two porch steps to be negotiated. There is a ground floor WC.


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Contact Details for PRAXIS-PPD


Lina Mookerjee:
tel: (0115) 8471758 fax: (0115) 969 3663
e-mail: lina@praxis-ppd.com

Richard Broadley:
tel: phone: (0115) 969 3396 fax: (0115) 969 3663
e-mail: richard@praxis-ppd.com