After a career in marketing, Rick retrained as a Counsellor in the mid 1990′s, initially in Georgia USA, then at Strathclyde University under Professor Dave Mearns, who kindly awarded Rick an Honorary Research Fellowship for his MPhil research degree on the impact of emotions in the workplace. After this, Rick co-edited his first book, ‘Experiences of Person-Centred Counselling Training’, which is now recommended reading on many UK counselling courses.
He gained experience as a student counsellor, a counsellor in several GP practices, private therapist and as a workplace counsellor. Rick formed ‘Edinburgh Coaching & Counselling’ (ECC) and grew it into a thriving practice before being lured to Glasgow as Director of Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) Glasgow Ltd.
He became an affiliate counsellor for the UK’s largest employee assistance programme (EAP) providers before taking up a management role at Independent Counselling & Advisory Services (ICAS). Here Rick specialised as case manager for most of the UK’s rail operators, concentrating on trauma support. At ICAS, as well as privately, Rick provided post-trauma support after 9/11, the London Bombings and the Asian Tsunami.
In 2002, Rick became Deputy Chair of the Association for Counselling at Work and was appointed the journal editor for ‘Counselling at Work’, a post he held for 9 years. He joined British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) in 2008 as their Lead Advisor: Workplace, where he was an advocate, advisor and ambassador for talking therapies in the workplace, for practitioners, business and government.
In 2016, Rick became Head of Service at the University of Aberdeen’s Student Counselling Service, with a team of 8 talented colleagues, providing therapeutic support to some 14,000 students and providing guidance for staff support.
Rick is a registered member of BACP (counselling), formally with the UK Psychological Trauma Society (trauma) and subscribes to the Coaching Code of Ethics from the International Coach Federation (coaching).
Whilst Rick regards himself as creative in his therapeutic work, his ‘screenwriting’ interest emerged about 8 years ago as a hobby and personal creative outlet. Fictional characters crafted in his screenwriting world are just that, fictional, and any resemblance with anyone living or dead is coincidental and unintentional.