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Richard Collins

From time to time we need some support or want the space to speak freely, without being judged or told what you should or shouldn't be doing.  ​I have always had a passion in helping others, and this has been a theme throughout my career, whether that was in a shop, a pub or a forensic mental health unit. I always felt most comfortable spending time listening and being there for others.​I studied psychology at Teesside University before going on to work in a variety of roles in the NHS. I learned a lot about myself during my time at Roseberry Park Hospital, helping those with mental health and learning difficulties in their daily living. I recently started working with an Employee Assistance Program, offering helpline support and counselling to range of different people. For nearly 7 years I had been working with a military charity, during which I completed my counselling training. Since then I have worked with a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction and relationship concerns.​ I work from a Person Centred model but also have extensive training in Compassion Focused Therapy. I offer a calm, safe space where you can talk at your own pace, exploring with curiosity whatever is on your mind.

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Qualifications & Training

  • BSc Hons in Psychology

  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

  • FdA in Counselling

  • Compassion Focused Therapy training

  • Working with Trauma training

  • Registered Member of BACP

  • Enhanced DBS Checked

The Mindset Team

Expanding and exploring new horizons, I can introduce the newest member of the team.

Peggy the Shi-Poo puppy joined the team in June 2022, and has now started attending sessions since the turn of 2023. She can attend your sessions if you wish and can help create a relaxing and comforting environment, she is always happy for a cuddle, is inquisitive and playful.



Working with a Person Centred Counsellor

What does that mean?


Counselling provides a relationship in which you can feel safe to reflect on your issues and concerns to find a way forward. Person-centred therapy allows clients to reflect and discover the ways they perceive themselves, rather than how a counsellor can interpret their unconscious thoughts. This allows the client to explore their own concerns or issues, without judgement but with warmth and empathy. A key feature of therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist, we offer a supporting and calm environment which helps form a trusting and lasting relationship, without judgement.


Face-to-face Counselling £40

2nd Floor, Richard House, Sorbonne Close, Thornaby, TS17 6DA

Online Counselling £40

Zoom video conferencing

Telephone Counselling £40

On the comfort of your own phone

If you feel like you would benefit from speaking with me you can call, email or dive straight into booking your first session below.

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