Dr Christina Richards

christina-richards-cropDr Christina Richards BSc (Hons), MSc, DCPsych, CPsychol, MBACP (Accred.), EuroPsy, AFBPsS is an HCPC Registered Doctor of Applied Psychology and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) where she is Chair Elect of the Division of Counselling Psychology. She is also an accredited psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

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 Senior Specialist Psychology Associate at the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Gender Clinic. She works in this capacity as a psychologist conducting assessment and follow-up for hormones and surgeries; as well as psychotherapy; as part of a multidisciplinary team. She also conducts research, supervision, and service improvement plans. She lectures and publishes on trans, sexualities, and critical mental health – both within academia and to third sector and statutory bodies;

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 of the journal of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling PsychologyCounselling Psychology Review. Her own publications consist of various papers, reports, and book chapters. She is the co-author of the BPS Guidelines and Literature Review for Counselling Sexual and Gender Minority Clients and Chair of the revision committee; 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;

Pronouns: She Her, Hers  (Pretty much…).

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Books out now:

Should you wish to you can buy Sexuality and Gender for Mental health professionals: A practical guide.


And The Palgrave handbook of the psychology of sexuality and gender.

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And Trans and Sexuality: An existentially-informed enquiry with implications for counselling psychology

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And Genderqueer and Non-Binary Genders