Registered Clinical Counsellor #2394
Richard is a family therapist and clinical supervisor with over 30 years of experience in counselling, therapy, and community rehabilitation. Since 1985 he has provided counselling for children and youth, women, men, couples, families, and groups. He has served as an adjunct faculty member of both the University of Victoria and City University, and in many leadership positions throughout his career including as executive director of BC Families in Transition from 2005 to 2013. He has supervised about 65 counsellors and therapists in Victoria over the last 15 years and is a part of the Arbour Counselling Centre group of therapists.
Richard has been a presenter and guest lecturer on many topics including communication, microanalysis of discourse in therapy work, post-traumatic stress, grief and recovery, family relationships, parenting, mental health, alcohol and drug addictions, sexual health issues, organizational behaviour, and conflict management. He served on the University of Victoria’s School of Social Work Community/Practice Advisory Committee as well as the steering committee for the Association of Family Serving Agencies, and was a board member for both the Victoria Family Violence Prevention Society and West Shore Child and Family Services Centre Society.
Richard received his Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from the University of Alberta in 1990 and his Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from University of Victoria in 2003. He is a member of the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors and served on their Inquiry Committee from 2004 to 2007.
Born in Kingston, Ontario, Richard grew up in Edmonton with a one-year family sabbatical in Cambridge, England. Before his teen years he acquired avid interests in chemistry and nuclear physics, astronomy, cryptography, electronics, and geography, but by the age of eighteen he had chosen family therapy as his career. He married and started a family in his twenties, then moved with his wife and two children to Calgary in 1995 and Victoria in 1997. Now that his children are grown, he and his family love to travel and Richard has developed an additional side-career as a published musician and songwriter. Of all these interests, however, he is particularly passionate about helping others work through conflict and adversity to achieve happiness and peace.