Hello! I’m Alistair Richardson
Addiction can be to a chemical (e.g. alcohol/drugs) or to a behaviour or process (e.g. sex, shopping, gambling, helping controlling others...Learn More
Love Addiction/ Love Avoidance
For people who keep having dysfyunctional and addictive relationships , often Love addiction and/or Love Avoidance are the problem. Love Addiction...Learn More
A dysfunctional relationship with self and others caused by childhood trauma. (Pia Mellody) If a child suffers significant trauma or abuse growing...Learn More
Post traumatic stress disorder, Complex PTSD, childhood trauma, developmental trauma, relational trauma are all in the continuum of trauma that I...Learn More
what i treat
- Relationships Issues
- Anxiety and Depression
- Self Esteem Problems
- Blocks to Success
- Anger Management
- Love Addiction/Love Avoidance
- Spiritual Blocks
Where I Treat
Skype and Zoom:
I work online which suits some people and can be just as effective as face to face sessions in many cases.
Creating Fast & Lasting Change
Training For Fast & Lasting Change
Trauma Survivors Workshop
June 30th 2023 – July 2nd 2023, for £1,400 (spaces available)
EFTMRA Level 1 & 2 Practitioner Training(Sandgate, Folkestone)
July 14th 2023 – July 16th, Folkestone Kent -£333 (spaces-available)
1-2-1 Trauma Healing Workshop
6 Sessions (3 before & 3 after) plus 2 full days, helping you deal with childhood or adult trauma.
This is face to face and can be done from the comfort of your own home.
This 1-2-1 workshop is priced at £3,500.
Want more information? Contact me today.
I came to the trauma reduction therapy knowing a couple of people who had done something similar and with the strong recommendation of my therapist but otherwise not knowing what to expect. I left having had one of the most powerful experiences of my life which I am still to fully digest but I know will change it significantly for the better.
Alistair and Shaun were able to guide me through processes of uncovering important aspects of my childhood and myself that until then I was unaware of. They were able to help me use that information to understand why I have felt the way I have felt and to start to heal the wounds that I have carried until now that at times have been very destructive for myself and others. It is difficult to put into words how profound an experience this was.
Both Alistair and Shaun possess an astounding level of humanity, empathy and emotional intuition and combined with their ability to work as a team seamlessly and professionally, left me speechless when I was asked what I thought at the end. Their skill level in such a complex field to work in was beyond anything I could have expected. They were able to step into my childhood with me, intervening at critical moments to guide the process to clarity and healing leaving me with tools I can use to truly change. This is such important and valuable work and feel extremely fortunate to have worked with Alistair and Shaun.
I never knew what I was worth.
At this time, I was also involved in a long-term addictive romantic relationship which proved to be an incredible learning (in hindsight)! This experience became so painful that I ended up returning to Alistair and asking for help on a 1 to 1 basis. I didn't know what outcome I wanted, but I just needed some support.
It's taken time (sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly!) but over 2 years or so, I have worked regularly with Alistair to begin healing childhood trauma and have successfully removed myself from that addictive relationship cycle. I feel content and courageous, and most importantly excited about my life! To top it off, Alistair is an absolute joy to work with and I always come away from our sessions feeling so much lighter. Thank you for everything, Alistair.
Today I am healthy, today I am sober, today I am a normal weight with a fully functioning body, today I can look at myself in the mirror, today I can manage my eating, today I am with the love of my love - we are engaged to be married, today I have my family back in my life, today I have a beautiful home, today I have the job of my dreams, today I can be assertive, today I have work/life balance, today I have true friends (that I like!!), today I able to make love (when I chose to), today I can feel my feelings… I know the difference between a feeling, thought and action, today I can leave the house, today I wash, today I help others…. quite a lot of them, nowadays I can sleep through out the night and with the lights off…) well actually I can’t because I have a new born son…. Yes I have a little precious beautiful baby … my “broken battered body and mind was able to heal and co-create, nurture and take care of a baby! And 3 step children. Today I can love…. Alistair I love what you did for me… thank you for changing my life… for giving me one.
Anyone suffering from complex trauma; eating disorders; OCD; addiction; sexual, physical, mental and spiritual abuse and relationship issues…. there IS hope. I worked hard & tried many things … recovery was the hardest and best thing I’ve ever done. I was turned away and “written off” by many a therapist… Alistair heard me. Alistair held me and Alistair helped me. He was the missing piece of my recovery program puzzle. Thank you forever, amen
I’ve spent a professional lifetime helping others in whatever way I can with their addictive behaviour and general medical problems.
I’ve very rarely been helped myself and have often been abused when I have asked for help. For example, I refused to beat a cushion labelled ‘Mother’ whereas I would do so if the cushion was labelled ‘Mother’s ideas’. For this refusal (when my mother was in her nineties and I had been working the Twelve Step programme for six years) I was told I needed in-patient psychiatric help.
Alistair Richardson, whom I knew well and respected professionally, offered to help me with tapping for any outstanding emotional and underlying physical issues I might have since the time of my bankruptcy and bereavement ten years ago. As I already use EMDR to help other people (I don’t do it on myself because I believe that could be risky), I felt tapping might give me an opportunity to help myself through following Alastair’s guidance and training.
The results have been remarkable.
I associated my long-term catarrh and wheeze with my inability to sing professionally when I was younger. My physical symptoms provided an excuse for my lack of success. I had developed allergic reactions to inhalants such as pollens, dust and feathers and also to foods such as various fruits, nuts and herbs. With tapping, my allergies have completely gone, my respiratory system is totally clear and musical composition fills my life with the happiness that escaped me fifty years ago.
I associated my long-term compulsive helping, doing too much for other people and not enough to protect myself, with my osteoporosis. I was crushing my spine with the burden of carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. I am now over seven inches shorter than I was in my twenties. I have ‘stocking anaesthesia’ (loss of touch sensation in my feet and ankles) that comes from pressure from my collapsed vertebrae on the nerve supply from my spine to my feet. This results in loss of balance, causing me to fall over at times when I lose track of precisely where my feet are (such as when I look over my shoulder when I am walking forward). With tapping, my ‘stocking anaesthesia’ has gone and my balance is restored. Because of my stoop, people still offer me their seats on busses and tube trains but I can live with that!
I do three or more tapping sessions every day. For all the various things I look at, including those I have mentioned here, these sessions each last about fifteen minutes.
I have no interest in reading research studies or in trying to find out precisely why tapping acupuncture points has worked so dramatically well for me. I simply follow the principle that I know well from the Twelve Step programme that has kept my addictive nature in remission for the last 35 years: ‘It works if you work it’.
Having just completed Hilary and Alistair's trauma workshop I feel compelled to give some feedback. This was the most incredible experience I have ever had... Hilary and Alistair have enabled me to revisit and start to heal some deep childhood trauma. I can honestly say that this was the best thing I have ever done for myself and the wisdom, capability and safety given to me by Hilary and Alistair has enabled me to see that there is a path to recovery from my trauma. Thank you so much to you both, you have a very special place in my heart for helping with this experience.
I met Alistair a couple of months into my recovery when I took part in a week long ‘trauma reduction’ programme at the rehab that I had been to. Then about 2 years into my sobriety I was looking for a 1:1 therapist to help me develop my recovery and work on things in addition to my 12 step fellowship programme. Alistair was an obvious choice to me.
At the time my particular concerns were anxiety and relationship processes which I had by then learnt were linked (if not totally caused by) childhood issues. At that time I found myself left with learned patterns/ behaviours and trauma reactions that I could see no way of overcoming.
On starting my work with Alistair I felt instantly that I was in a safe pair of hands. I had it on very good authority from trusted senior therapists at the Priory that Alistair was good but working with him has exceeded my expectations. He has a wide range of different solutions to use in his work with me. The result is that I never feel like I will have a problem that he can’t help with. I feel very safe with him and comfortable that he will come up with a method or solution to help me. This varies from practical ideas to a more esoteric, spiritual based approach. Anyone in recovery will understand the importance of a spiritual basis of living and my experience of this has developed with Alistair. Intuitive healing couple with more utilitarian practices has been Alistair’s style with me and it works.
It has enabled me to heal parts of me that I didn’t even realised were damaged and that I was even less aware could be fixed. I have unhesitatingly referred friends to Alistair and have seen the success and happiness they have enjoyed from working with him too.
I’d summarise Alistair as a one stop shop for all emotional, mental and spiritual problems. And in addition to solving those problems he’s also helped me to experience and accept joy and peace when they come along, which is pretty cool.
Alistair was recommended to me after a stressful personal event. I’d known for a long time I wanted to move forward from childhood experiences that were affecting me as an adult, and everything had come to a head.
In our one-to-one sessions, we have worked in many different ways. He has helped me acknowledge and understand childhood trauma and how it’s affected me, doing inner child work, visualisation, reiki and energy work. I also took part in a three-day group workshop not long after starting to see him which was intense but helped me face and work through a lot early on.
Though Alistair has introduced me to these practices, they feel natural and logical, like they’ve been there all along. Though the crisis point has passed, I am continuing to heal and learn and am now working to make my life closer to what I want it to be, and more fulfilling.
The therapy, tools and viewpoints Alistair provides, honestly and supportively, have helped me improve my relationship with myself and others. They are making me aware of dysfunctional (and unhelpful!) thinking or behaviour - how to avoid it altogether or turn in the right direction if I fall into it.
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