Richard joined the Student Services team in December 2016. He graduated from Aberdeen University in Psychology after completing two terms as a sabbatical officer for AUSA. Richard went on to complete a Diploma in Person-centred Counselling at Jordanhill campus at the University of Strathclyde. He developed his practice by training in Emotion-focused therapy while volunteering at the social anxiety research clinic under Professor Robert Elliott. Richard’s research interests include Positive Psychology, Humanistic Psychology and digital addictions.
Richard has practiced in the charities sector in Edinburgh supporting people who use drugs and alcohol. He has also worked in secondary schools delivering counselling to young people experiencing distress.
Richard has experience in working with a wide range of issues and specialises in supporting people who are troubled by emotional difficulties. His relational approach recognises and promotes personal growth and empowerment by focusing on the adaptive use of character strengths. He is a member of the British Psychological Society and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.