Ann Richardson

Woman's Hour

BBC Radio 4 | 06.04.09
Damon Syson, journalist and father of one, Ann Richardson, Psychotherapist specialising in working with adult onlies, Anastasia De Waal, Head of Family and Education at the think tank Civitas discuss the pros and cons of having one child, the experience of being an only and how the future might look as the number of one child families increases.

Woman's Hour

BBC Radio 4 | 30.08.06
Jenni Murray talks to Jill Pitkeathley and Ann Richardson about some of the challenges faced by the adult only child.

Only Child: A Unique Inheritance
Ann Richardson | Therapy Today | February 2006
Counsellor Ann Richardson describes common experiences in growing up as an only child and core issues presented in therapy. She quotes from research and highlights the value of peer sharing in this BACP counselling journal article.

As a counsellor and psychotherapist, Ann Richardson has specialised in working with only children and, as an only child herself, has recognised the desire that onlies have to meet and swap notes at all stages of life. BeingAnOnly™ is the website dedicated to this work.

BeingAnOnly™ has featured since 2004 in press and media:
BBC Radio 4
Woman's Hour BBC Radio 4
Jeremy Vine Show BBC Radio 2
Vanessa Feltz Show BBC Radio London,
BBC Southern Counties Radio
BBC Radio Suffolk
BBC 3 Counties Radio
The Sunday Times
The Financial Times
The Daily Mail
The Observer
The Guardian
The Sunday Express
Therapy Today
Practical Parenting
Mother and Baby Magazine
Prima and Flying Start Magazine

Ann Richardson Services
Workshop facilitation.
For counsellors (only child or otherwise) working with only child clients, needing one off support or ongoing supervision.
Having devised and faciliated workshops on the subject of being an only child since 1997, she offers consultancy on workshop design and facilitation and setting up support groups.
She has written for parenting magazines, spoken on radio and is often called on by print, radio and TV journalists for contacts and information.

Health Coaching
Adventure to Health
Having faced some tough challenges over the last few years, the result was much depleted energy.

Ann started a health and wellbeing adventure which found her exploring a radically different diet and the need to take very good care of herself emotionally and spiritually as well as physically.

From being an omnivore she changed to being vegan and then raw vegan. She lost weight, discovered renewed vitality, an improved complexion and increasing joy.

Wanting to support other adventurers on their journey to wellbeing, she decided to train with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. No two people are the same. So no one diet fits everyone. And this is where it gets exciting.

For an only child - a one-off - Ann's health coaching offers a completely personalised 'roadmap to wellbeing' that suits the individual's unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

For info:

Private Counselling Practice
One to one Counselling
For the past 20 years Ann Richardson has been working as a UKCP registered Transpersonal Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice in London, Surrey and, on an intermittent basis, New Delhi, India.

Many life situations bring people to counselling and therapy. She works with abuse, bereavement, cultural issues, eating disorders, employment difficulties, health related problems, identity problems, life/work balance, the only child experience, relationships, sexuality and stress.

She has a BACP and UKCP accredited training in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy, abides by the UKCP's Code of Ethics and is in regular supervision.

For details of her counselling practice and article on transpersonal therapy or to book a one to one session, please visit: