Division of Counselling Psychology | BPS

Division of Counselling Psychology

DCoP Chair 2018

Dr Christina Richards BSc (Hons), MSc, DCPsych, CPsychol, EuroPsy, AFBPsS is an HCPC Registered Doctor of Applied Psychology and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) where she is the current Chair of the Division of Counselling Psychology, Committee member for Psychologist Prescribing; and Chair of the revision committee of the  BPS Guidelines and Literature Review for Counselling Sexual and Gender Minority Clients of which she was a co-author.

Dr Richards is Lead Consultant Psychologist/Head of Psychology at the NHS London Gender Identity Clinic (Charing Cross) within the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. This role involves supervising senior staff; assessing people with highly complex needs for hormones and surgeries; and managing the psychology service, including individual and group therapies from a number of different modalities.

Dr Richards is also Head of Research at the NHS London Gender Identity Clinic (Charing Cross) within the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. This role involves responsibility for the strategy and implementation of the research programme at the clinic. Dr Richards also lectures and publishes internationally on gender, sexualities, and critical mental health – both within clinical academia and also to third sector and statutory bodies.

Dr Richards was selected by the executive board of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) to be Lead Chapter Author for Adult Assessment in the Standards of Care Version 8 (SoC v8) revision. She also represents the East Midlands to NHS England’s Clinical Reference Group (CRG) on Gender Identity Services; and is one of the few psychologists recognised by HM Courts and Tribunals Service as a Specialist in the field of Gender Dysphoria, thus allowing her to prepare medical reports for the Gender Recognition Panel.

Dr Richards is a Trustee of the National LGBT Foundation; a Co-Founder of BiUK and co-author of the Bisexuality Report.

Dr Richards is the Editor-in Chief of the journal of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling Psychology: Counselling Psychology Review. Her own publications consist of various papers, reports, and book chapters. She is first author of a clinical guidebook on sexuality and gender published by Sage – Richards, C., & Barker. M. (2013). Sexuality and gender for mental health professionals: A practical guide. London: Sage; First editor of the Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender; First editor of a multidisciplinary book about people who identify outside of the gender binary of male or female – Richards, C., Bouman, W. P., & Barker, M. J. (2018). Genderqueer and non-binary genders. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan; And sole author of the monograph: Richards, C. (2017). [Monograph]. Trans and sexuality – An existentially-informed ethical enquiry with implications for counselling psychology. London: Routledge;

Warm Regards,

Dr Christina Richards

MSc DCPsych CPsychol EuroPsy AFBPsS

HCPC Registered Applied Psychologist

Lead Consultant Psychologist & Head of Research

Chair BPS Division of Counselling Psychology


Editor of the Counselling Psychology Review

Editor of the Palgrave Book Series: 

Critical and applied approaches in sexuality, gender, and identity

Email: [email protected]

Web: christinarichards.co.uk

Twitter: @CRichardsPsych

Skype: Christina_Richards_Psych


Sexuality and Gender for mental health Professionals

The Palgrave Handbook of Sexuality and Gender

Trans and Sexuality: An Existentially-Informed Enquiry

Genderqueer and Non-Binary Genders

Welcome to the Division of Counselling Psychology website. 

The Division of Counselling Psychology promotes the interests of Counselling Psychologists across the UK. We support our members by providing training and advice, by holding regular events and by keeping members up to date with the latest divisional news. The Division works closely with other practitioner and academic psychologists. 

Members can sign in to access publications, guidelines, and further networking opportunities. 

As the Division and its membership continue to grow, we reviewed our mission, values and vision in tandem with planning strategically for the next three years. 

Our mission

To advance the profession of Counselling Psychology in promoting the well-being of our diverse society.

Our values

Work ethically and effectively.
Be reflective scientist-practitioners.
Work creatively, compassionately and collaboratively.

Our vision

We the Division of Counselling Psychology will commit to:
Meeting the psychological needs of people.
Equality of access to resources, research, education and training.
Fairness, equality and social justice.
Leading and influencing the design and delivery of innovative policies and services.

Here is the DCoP 2018-2020 Strategic plan, please refer to the document for details of key objectives we are planning for the future

We are updating the layout of this website and will also be bringing you more information on the current initiatives of the Division. Please bear with us if something seems out of place on the website as we make these changes. 



Division of Counselling Psychology 2017-2019 Strategy:

"The Executive committee met for a two day strategy meeting [15th & 16th Sept 2017] and we were committed to producing a 3 year strategy that would invigorate the whole membership. Click on the booklet below which will bring you to the Strategic Plan along with how we envisage to operationalise them.