Profile of Dean Goodchild
I am a family man, age 52, with two teenagers and a black Labrador. I work from a self-contained room in my bungalow. I take the name of my practice from my home, which is called Robin Corner. In my spare time, I like diy projects and sailing.
I am a Counselling Psychologist. That means I am a Psychologist with special training and experience in personal therapeutic work. I graduated in Psychology in 1984, going on to work with adults suffering mental health problems and latterly with children and families. For twenty-five years I have worked with people suffering many kinds of distress, personal problems, relationship/family problems and mental illness. I belive that this extensive experience gives me insight into the distress that people suffer, how to understand and to treat such problems. I find my experience helps me to orientate quickly toward the relevant issues. Yet, I always keep an open mind because everyone is an individual, unique and special.
I have a discreet practice, with comfortable furnishings. Sometimes people choose to seek a service from me instead of using the NHS because I can be more flexible with availability and they find I can dedicate more of my attention to them than can hard pressed NHS workers. I practice from an integrated range of therapeutic models and you can read more about my approach here. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a Counselling Psychologist.
Privacy and Boundaries
My clients tell me that they find it easy to talk to me. I would say I’m quite an easy going person. However, if you choose to work with me, we will both sign an agreement as to the rules and boundaries of the work. This is so we both know where we stand on issues like confidentiality, payment and so forth. Boundaries are really important for counsellors and therapists. If you are paying for this service you need to know what you can expect and how it works.
The Health and Care Professions Council maintain standards for Practitioner Psychologists and effectively, they guarantee that I will provide a high quality service.