Testimonials

“Richard impressed me from our very first meeting, with his insightfulness and his confidence in his ability to help me. Richard’s sessions were practical, challenging, flexible to the situation and ultimately enjoyable. They definitely worked to improve my presence, confidence and impact. Thank you”

James, Engagement Manager, Manchester, 2015

‘Many thanks for a very interesting workshop. I really liked the idea of putting an emphasis on the practice rather than just theory. I have learned what areas should I focus and work on in order to improve the way I present myself. I also enjoyed Richard’s direct and engaging style of teaching. Highly recommended.’
– Bazyli Golinski, Leeds, 2013
Making an Impact! course

‘If you know anyone who is lacking in confidence and perhaps is struggling to communicate at work (or indeed anywhere!) then in my opinion Richard is the chap to contact.  We had reason to enlist the help of Richard for a new young employee that had these issues and I cannot express enough how much Richard has done for this young man – the transformation is incredible.  Clearly Richard knows what he is doing!  Our employee found him easy to communicate with and we  the employer also found Richard to be very accommodating and very easy to deal with.’
Carol Rochnia, Finance and Personnel Officer, York Trust LLP, Leeds
1-2-1 Confidence Coaching for staff, 2014

‘I really enjoyed the “Making an Impact!” course. I found the video format elements excellent and I was particularly impressed with the relaxed atmosphere Richard nourished during the day. This created a supportive environment where people felt they could give and receive open and honest feedback and contributed to a positive learning experience for all involved. I would recommend this course to anyone keen to improve their presentation style (or just to watch themselves giving a talk on video for the first time and learn something for the better!).’
– Richard Mitchell, York, 2013
Making an Impact! course
‘I found the body language primer to be really useful. It’s not every day when you have the chance to practice making an introduction to a group of people and get a few pointers on how you did! Richard Mills provides honest and constructive feedback to all participants.’
– Sarah, Leeds, 2012
Confidence Primer

”I have attended the Assertiveness and ‘Making an Impact’ courses and have seen myself grow because of them. In a recent interview I used a few techniques what I learnt from the courses and I aced the job! I recommend working with Richard and would do so again.”
– Emma, Leeds 2014
‘Assertiveness Skills: Speak Up!… Slow Down’ 

‘I found it really helped to rehearse some conversations in a supportive and friendly environment, and to receive some suggestions of things to try. It was a day well spent. ‘
– J, Administrator, Leeds’ 2013
Assertiveness Skills… Speak Up!’ 
”A great opportunity to look at situations from another perspective and practice doing things differently. It was good to meet people facing similar issues and explore in greater depth my own issues.”
– Course participant, Leeds 2006
‘Assertiveness Skills… Speak Up!’ 
‘I sought Richard’s help as I felt I had confidence issues. By supportive conversation and questions he established the direction we needed to take to further examine some root causes and from there to develop a strategy to resolve. A very positive experience for me!’
– Managing Director, Leeds, 2013
1-2-1 confidence coaching client
‘I’ve spent my whole life avoiding embarrassing situations with great cost to any achievement I might have made, but after just a few hours with Richard I have for the first time some real hope of turning things around.’
– Raymond Ore, Croydon, August 2013
‘Finding Your Brilliance’ workshop at Laurieston Hall 
‘Hi Richard – Just want to say what a great day I had on Saturday with you and the other people there. I learnt a lot, particularly from the money exercise.’
– Ian Nicholls, Joiner, Leeds, 2014
‘The Roots of Assertiveness … Personal Power’  one-day course
‘I found it really useful to be able to watch a recording of my presentation.  It enabled me to analyse my own delivery and identify areas to improve on e.g. body language, signposting and intonation.  Richard has a calm and assertive training style. He provides feedback fairly to all participants.’
– Sarah, Lawyer from Halifax, 2013
Making an Impact! course’Fantastic end to our CCI Core Training with Richard Mills and eight other lovely trainees in Leeds at the weekend. I had my reservations beforehand but with practice and the guidance of Richard, and the support and sharing of my fellow co-counselling beginners, I experienced wonderful soul-touching moments. I think it is a rare and remarkable co-operative and supportive method and look forward with excitement and anticipation to further adventures of the self in the company of warm hearted and caring individuals. Thanks again Richard.
Martin Davies, Leeds, 2012
Know Yourself! CCI Core Training

“I really enjoyed the course, it was well organised, there were a variety of exercises. One of the exercises gave me a real ‘lightbulb’ moment. I would definitely go to other courses you do”
O.A. February, 2014
‘The Roots of Assertiveness … Personal Power’  one-day course

‘All 5 days of the Know Yourself! course were thoroughly engaging (!). Richard’s playfulness and open mindedness made me realise that working through issues (stuff) doesn’t have to be depressing or frightening. There was lots of gaiety brought about through playing games. I feel that the course allowed me to greatly improve emotional fluidity and learn techniques that I can apply independently thereafter, so in a way the benefits are still to come (!) depending on how I use the tool… tbc’
Joanna Klopotek, Leeds, 2012
Know Yourself! CCI Core Training

“Richard is a great professional trainer. I really enjoyed working with him. I’m from Thailand and my English is not my first language but he understood what I was talking about and be patient with me during the whole training course. I would recommend this training for anyone who wants to gain confident in speaking and presentation.”
– Wiyada T, Leeds, 2014
‘Making an Impact!’ course 

“I wanted to do a confidence course for many years: finally I did, and feel great for doing it. Richard is a very knowledgeable person and very understanding on how people feel and how best to help them overcome confidence issues.”
– Danny, Leeds 2014
‘Assertiveness Skills (1): Speak Up!… Slow Down!’

“Completing the Know Yourself! CCI course over the past few weeks has significantly improved my self-confidence.  Richard Mills delivered ‘easy to digest’ tutorials to the group with a combination of vitality and calmness.  There was plenty of opportunity for participants to practice the various CCI techniques and ask questions.  I met a lot of great people on the course and I look forward to seeing them again in the future.”
– Sarah, Leeds, 2012
Know Yourself! CCI Core Training

‘Once again I had another great group session with Richard that helped me step out of my comfort zone. A lot is learnt in 2 hours.’
– Emma, Leeds, 2014
Confidence Primer

Thanks Richard for facilitating this session in a relaxed, informed way. I enjoyed the opportunity to do something different and was touched by the honesty of communication. I’m keen to do it again.
– Alan C, Leeds, 2014
Know Yourself! Co-Counselling taster

A very interesting evening! I came away with some useful insight into both co-counselling and myself.
– Yvonne, Leeds, 2014
Know Yourself! Co-Counselling taster

Hi it was a very interesting night, and a great experience. would definately recomend it.
– Angela Berckley, Leeds, 2014
Know Yourself! Co-Counselling taster

‘…I got a great deal out of the course and it was very enlightening in terms of self-development. I very much appreciate the way you delivered it and have found you as a trainer, inspirational…I have already recommended it to friends as it has been a great experience for me.’
– TC Leeds, Leeds, 2014
Know Yourself! CCI Core Training

“I decided to go on the Making an Impact 1 day course because I have just had a career change and making presentations was something that I would have to be doing to get business. I chose this course because not only was it good value for money but it ticked all the boxes of what I wanted to achieve. Throughout the day I was constantly learning and doing things by choice that put me out of my comfort zone, I learnt to stand up in front of people and deliver a presentation, read and punctuate and articulate my voice and take compliments and constructive feedback without squirming. The day was very relaxed with the right mixture of fun games thrown in which also helped to build my confidence. Richard is an understanding and engaging trainer and helped make the day flow well. I’ll be back for more training for sure.”
– Emma, Personal Development Coach, Leeds, 2013
Making an Impact! course
‘Great Session ! It provide me with lots of insight and met my expectations. Thanks.’
– Diane Holdsworth, Leeds, 2012
Confidence Primer
‘Really enjoyed this – I’ve learned a valuable new life skill which I can’t wait to implement!  Thank you Richard – you the man!!’
– Paul, Leeds, 2012
Confidence Primer
“I found the whole course to be very effective, especially the work on presentation techniques.”
– PS, Leeds, 2006
Speak Up! and Making an Impact! course
‘It was moving to witness people’s struggles with performance, and awesome to see breakthroughs being made right there in front of me.’
– Chris Beale, August 2013
‘Finding Your Brilliance’ workshop
‘I thoroughly enjoyed attending some of Richard’s workshops on a recent Co-counselling week.  His incisive observations and feedback are so valuable.  Richard’s “Gifts” (i.e. observations and feedback) are to be treasured always.  More specifically, on his ‘Finding your brilliance’ workshop, I found him sensitive, insightful and encouraging.’
– Ann, September 2013
Various workshops
Richard ensures that his course is interesting: he uses uses a variety of teaching methods… He really wants the participants to ‘get it’ and benefit from what the CCI training has to offer.  That’s not easy, and I really admire his effort to care, and his honesty in revealing himself, including his ‘weaknesses’.
– Zel, Leeds, 2012
Know Yourself! CCI Core Training

‘On the CCI Core Training course I accessed painful memories, but thanks to Richard’s skilful facilitation, never felt overwhelmed. He provided a safe space to express hurts, but also to celebrate achievements and share laughter. I discovered that I’m a stronger, richer mix of qualities than I’d previously thought…
As a Co-Counselling facilitator Richard is unfailingly professional and unfailingly human. His professionalism means you get a quality learning experience and feel safe with his control of the group. His humanity is evident in the way he presents himself as someone who has shared the same difficult experiences as the rest of us…
‘People ask “What do you mean it’s fun?!” when I tell them about the CCI Co-Counselling course with Richard Mills. They have the idea that counselling is a bleak descent into one’s pain. Richard did invite us to deal with painful memories, but he also had us laughing and celebrating what’s good about ourselves. So I dealt with painful memories from a more positive, resourceful position. Richard’s own sense of humour and enthusiasm provides an environment which makes this all the easier.’
– Tracy Shippey, York, 2009
Know Yourself! CCI Core Training
‘…powerful, challenging and exciting… an excellent and inspirational facilitator.’
– Rosalind Ashling, Perth, February 2010
CCI network
‘…Richard also had us laughing and celebrating what’s good about ourselves.’ – Tracy Shippey, York, 2009 Know Yourself! CCI Core Training
‘…sensitive observation, precise communication, warmth and humour.’
– Alan Carver, Leeds, 2009
Know Yourself! CCI Core Training
‘I enjoyed the Leeds 2010 course with Richard. At the end of each day I left feeling deeply relaxed and settled within myself. I felt as if there was enough time for everyone within the group, and there was a good balance of fun and deeper issues.’
– Nicky, Leeds, 2010
Know Yourself! CCI Core Training
‘You were an easy going facilitator that enabled me to feel at ease throughout the training. Your sense of humor allowed me to bring clarity and focus to the issues I found most challenging. For this I am most grateful.’ C.C., Leeds, 2007
Know Yourself! CCI Core Training
‘Richard’s perceptive facilitation comes from a deep seated awareness of his own and other people’s journeys.
Working with him can be challenging because he pushes boundaries, but it is always safe, and the joy and fun of accepting a ‘push’ is immense because it always leads to new awareness.’
Fiona Larsen, Reading, 2009
CCI network
‘Richard is a sensitive and aware facilitator. He’s always at the cutting edge of groups with varied ideas to lead the group forward.’
Kathryn, Hamburg, 2009
CCI network
“I have worked with Richard in a variety of workshops and groups over the last ten years and have been consistently impressed by his evident commitment to his own ongoing growth and development.  I appreciate his integrity and clarity of communication as well as the energy and generosity with which he facilitates workshops and groups.  As a client, I have welcomed his blend of support and challenge as an effective catalyst for my growth.  I have especially valued his continued invitations, both spoken and implicit, to be and become more fully myself.”
Dom Hooper, 2009
CCI network
‘I have known and worked with Richard on and off for 20 years now and always found him to be extremely knowledgeable of the therapeutic process. He is clear and precise and encourages others to be the same. This can feel challenging at times but it is in my experience always for the benefit of the participant. He also has a good sense of humour, useful when people are wrestling with difficult issues, but this is done with care and consideration so you always feel safe. I always look forward to being in a workshop where he is present.’
Stephen Gillingham, 2009
CCI network
“I value your authenticity, sensitive observation, precise communication, warmth and humour.”
Alan Carver, Leeds, 2009
CCI network
‘I have attended a variety of workshops with Richard and always find them powerful, challenging and exciting. At the same time I know I am safe, though not so safe that I can’t grow. Richard is steadfast in his integrity, clarity and honesty, and as such I find him an excellent and inspirational facilitator.’
– Rosalind Ashling, Perth, February 2010
CCI network
‘I find Richard’s workshops to be inspirational and often unusual and I always find that I take away a new discovery about myself’.
Bridget Morris, 200
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CCI network
‘I think this workshop is a great idea.  I was able to perform and get constructive feedback on my performance (reading poetry), which was very helpful.  It was also good being an audience for other performers and giving feedback to them.’
– Course participant
‘Finding Your Brilliance’ workshop at Laurieston Hall, August 2013

Some words from 1-2-1 therapy clients

Most of the feedback from individuals who have worked with me in 1-2-1 counselling or therapy is information I can’t put onto this page for confidentiality reasons.  However, these two men wrote to me and said I could put these words onto my site, so here they are:
‘Having worked with you for over two years, I have the greatest respect for your unfailing presence, your professionalism, your focus, your understanding and your abilities as a therapist.’
– PB, Bradford, West Yorkshire, 2004
Therapy client
‘When I first started to see Richard, the previous few years had been difficult on a number of levels and had taken their toll on my mental wellbeing, both professionally and personally. I found myself exhausted, incredibly anxious and unable to see a future plan for myself. I was lost.
Addressing the issues I faced was not an easy decision for me, and I consistently found the sessions a challenge. Richard doesn’t so much give you the answers, rather he leads you down a path were you can discover the answers yourself. He makes you think, deeper. For me, it was about realising who I am and why I act the way I do, assuming responsibility for my mental wellbeing and addressing certain issues with the people closest to me.

I would whole-heartedly recommended Richard. Six months after my first session, I find myself in a much more positive frame of mind, and armed with the awareness to deal with my issues going forward.’ – PH, Leeds, 2011 Therapy client