Richard Irwin

I am a Counsellor, Supervisor, Trainer, and Group Facilitator.

I qualified in 1999 with an Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling. I have continued to develop both professionally and personally over the last twenty years.

Most recently, I was working with the Wellbeing Service in Norfolk as a Counsellor within IAPT, adding the qualification "Counselling for Depression" to my portfolio. I am currently working with the Mental Health Charity Mind in various capacities including Group Clinical Supervisor for various teams.

Previously, I worked in the field of Substance Misuse in Cambridgeshire eventually managing a service in Fenland. I had twelve years of experience of delivering Counselling individually and with groups, as well as delivering training and education to service users and professionals.

I'm currently in private practice as a Counsellor and Supervisor, and in the process of developing and expanding this service. I am also a registered member of the BACP, member of ADPCA, member of BAPCA, and signatory to the ADPCA UK.

I have a keen interest in Group work and Encounter groups. September 2017 saw the first "Natural in Norfolk" event combining encountering people in community with being in a natural environment "weather included free of charge". The creation of this event was to take Encounter into a natural setting. Historically humans have been gathering together for thousands of years in many places throughout the world. In the present, gathering together to involve the ecology and environment of today, outside of four walls, and in the fresh air. Being part of the planet. September 2019 will see the second.

I continue to be involved in the Person Centred Approach as someone who actively recognises the possibilities for human development and for all to actualise to their full potential.

Richard Irwin