“ As a Support Coordinator or Case Manager, it is difficult to find workers or therapists with the character and skills to work with complex clients. My client, “T”, lives an isolated life, experiencing the stigma of mental health and the restrictions of the psychiatric system. In a short time, Rich has been able to build trust and rapport with “T”, supporting him to talk openly about his challenges and feel hope that he can build the skills to meet his challenges. To hear this from “T” also gives me hope that we can achieve a supported and inclusive community. I would recommend Rich as someone who’s values and skills enable effective peer support and therapeutic service.”
JAMES GREENFIELD | SUPPORT COORDINATOR - JOB - CO
'I was so relieved when my colleague recommended Rich to me. As a support coordinator, it is my responsibility to make sure my clients receive the best services from the right person to help in their journey towards recovery and Rich was most definitely the correct person for my client. My client was equally happy and thankful to Rich for the help he has provided thus far and I am sure she will benefit from the services Rich provides. Rich works in a very therapeutic environment, providing art therapy, life coaching and mental health peer support work. This is the sort of balance and experience workers need in order for clients to be able to engage with them on a deeper level. We definitely need more individuals like Rich in this field. Thank you Rich for your hard work and commitment !'
RESHMA S | SUPPORT CO-ORDINATOR | ME-WELL
Rich is a friendly and empathetic peer worker and highly talented artist.'
ALANAH S - ARTS THERAPIST
'It’s been a privilege to work alongside you Rich, even for this short time. All the best with your endeavours and the rest.'
MARGARITA WILSON - SUPPORT COORDINATOR | ME-WELL
'Rich is a good guy with plenty of insight and solutions to my mental health problems.'
PETER R - CLIENT
'Rich is a very professional support worker. he is good with people. he is a hard worker. I recommend him to do job. Yours,Michael F
MICHAEL F - LONG TERM CLIENT
Hi Rich I want to tell you something you have be a very good support worker towards me. I'm going to do my best not to stuff up because I do need your support in things in life.
MICHAEL F - LONG TERM CLIENT
My specialty is first and foremost dealing with complex people who, for want of a better description, (because they have sentience and are not a label), have depression, bipolar, schizo-affective or 'schizophrenia'.I have also dealt with people of all sexualities and genders, backgrounds and people marginalised by sexual abuse issues, drug abuse issues, homelessness, itinerant, gamblers, artists, hoarders, who come from toxic family ties, complex families, and combinations of all of the above.
Recently I was asked by someone to look after their young adult child who had an intellectual disability. I had never done this before...how should I react?
I decided to not to rule it out - how was I not to know it may be a marvellous and rewarding relationship?
I loved working with him.
You are a sentient being before any label in my book, deserving of compassion empathy respect and an ear to talk to.
Learning also goes both ways; I am richer having had the experiences of many of my clients.