My first degree…
…is a BA in European Studies, for which I studied French and German. When I got interested in therapy in my mid-thirties, I first did an introductory course, followed by an RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills, at the Swarthmore Centre in Leeds. I then trained at Park Lane College and Leeds Metropolitan University and gained a Diploma/BSc degree in therapeutic counselling. I also have a certificate in therapeutic group-work from Group Analysis North.
After working in industrial…
…export sales and then in the music industry, I started counselling in late 1992. I have worked at Burley Counselling Service, often with people referred by their GP, at Leeds Metropolitan University as a Student Counsellor, as a Divorce and Separation Counsellor. I have also worked in conflict resolution as a mediator for Leeds Family Mediation Service. From June 2001 I worked for two years in the NHS as counsellor in primary care, and I have been working as an independent counsellor/psychotherapist in private practice in Leeds/Bradford since 2001.
I spend a few hours each week teaching music: I have 20 years’ experience teaching people professionally to play the guitar. My main style is jazz and blues.
Richard Mills, BA, PGDIM, BSc, LGSMD
BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
BA: That’s my first degree that I did aged 18 – 22, in European Studies, including politics, French and German
PGDIM: that’s my post-grad diploma in International Marketing.
BSc: that’s my degree in Therapeutic Counselling
LGSMD: that’s my profesisonal diploma (Licentiate) in music performance from Guildhall College of Music and Drama
BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist: I was first accredited a a counsellor in 1998, and got the senior status in 2012.