Profile of Dean Goodchild
I am a family man, with two grown up children. 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 Cottage. In my spare time, I like cycling and jogging.
I am a Counselling Psychologist. That means I am a Registered 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. I managed teams of social workers for Kent County Council for 16 years. I also made psychological assessments of parents and children for the family courts. I was awarded a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology in 2004 and I gained my Doctoral (level) Qualifiction (QCoP, BPS) in 2009. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist and with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist.
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 treat such problems. I have had professional involvement with most of the circumstances and situations that UK people encounter. Therefore, whilst your situation is entirely unique to you, most probably, I will have worked with others in a similar situation. 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.
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.