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I have worked full-time as a counsellor since graduating 2010 from Glasgow's College Of Holistic Medicine. I have a wealth of experience, particularly  in education and workplace settings. I currently support students at a university in Glasgow and teach counselling at a local college. 

We can all benefit from being "heard" - and after thousands of hours in counselling practice I have yet to meet a person who wasn't worth listening to.

I was drawn to therapy by my compassionate nature and curiosity about myself and others, how we connect to each other and the world around us.

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I have lived and worked most of my life in the Greater Glasgow area and grew up not far from where I live now with my family in East Dunbartonshire. Before counselling "found me" I worked in journalism, then with charities as an educator and campaigner.

I have volunteered as a befriender and Samaritan. I love music and as a keen cyclist I feel most at home around nature - especially the coast. I enjoy writing and share a regular wellbeing blog here on my site.


Counselling offers a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space for us to focus on what matters most to you. Talking therapy can help you better understand yourself, make sense of a situation and explore the choices you have to create change.

Counselling can help to:

  • Ease distress, anxiety and low mood.

  • Address pressures from relationships with partners, family and friends.

  • Help you to cope with experiences of loss and trauma, including bereavement.

Therapy can help you to grow as a person and heal from painful experiences. How many sessions you may need is up to you, however it can take time to build a relationship and feel the benefits of therapy.


I work one-to-one with clients aged 16+ and aim to unlock and grow the strengths you have to take care of yourself and your life, rather than giving advice. When relevant, I may introduce you to approaches such as mindfulness or journaling to support you with your goals. 

At your first session we will begin to get to know each other and explore your needs so that we can agree a helpful focus for our time together. We will regularly review your experience to ensure therapy is working for you.

To learn more about counselling and help you prepare for starting therapy, visit this BACP guide.


I offer a warm and confidential space for us to work together in-person here at my home-based practice in East Dunbartonshire.

I am a 20-minute drive from Glasgow city centre and less than 15 minutes from Bishopbriggs, Gartcosh Cumbernauld and Kirkintilloch. Lenzie train and bus stops are about a 20-minute walk.

An experienced remote counsellor, I am available for online or phone sessions if these suit you best.

Counsellor Richard Benjamin working with a client in his consulting room

I am available now for bookings. Contact me to arrange a free 20-minute phone consultation. 


What you share with me will remain confidential between us. The only exception may be a professional or legal responsibility to protect you or someone else from serious risk of harm. If serious safety concerns arise, I will always aim to support you and work with you.

Brief notes are kept on each session to keep me on track with our work and are stored securely. For your reassurance, I am a registered Data Controller with ICO registration ZB596684.

In respect of your privacy and mine, please do not contact or identify me on social media. 


Counselling is by 50-minute sessions In-Person, Online or by Phone. Appointments normally take place weekly on the same day and time. Regular sessions tend to be more beneficial, however I am open to being flexible to your needs.

50-minute session - £50

Block of six 50-minute sessions - £275

Sessions are payable in advance.

Appointment cancellations can be made by text or email. Cancellations with less than 24 hours' notice are normally rescheduled without charge. 

Late cancellations and missed appointments are charged in full (except in personal emergencies). 


As a trained and accredited member with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I abide by their professional and ethical standards.

If you are disappointed with any aspect of my service, please voice this with me. In my experience, these discussions can benefit our work together. 

If you are not satisfied with my response you can contact BACP here.


I am not available to provide support outside of our appointments. Services offering immediate and crisis support are accessed by clicking the logo buttons below. 

If you feel suicidal or need urgent emotional support contact NHS 24 on 111.  

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