Rick Hughes

SpecialityAuthor of 'Get a life! Creating a Successful Work-Life Balance' & Head of Counselling, University of Aberdeen

Rick has been a counsellor, coach, wellbeing consultant and employee support trouble-shooter for over 25 years. He is author of ‘Get a Life! Creating a successful work-life balance’ (Kogan Page, 2020), a publication which draws from his therapeutic and consultancy experience and work with thousands of clients in a range of settings. 

He is Head of the University of Aberdeen Counselling Service, providing support for some 16,000 students and 3,000 staff from over 120 nationalities. Prior to this, Rick was Lead Advisor: Workplace for the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy as ambassador, advisor and advocate for talking therapies in the workplace, for Government, business and practitioners. For nine years he was journal editor of ‘Counselling at Work’. 

Rick has been the lead author with CIPD President Professor Sir Cary Cooper and Andrew Kinder of ‘The Wellbeing Workout – how to manage stress and develop resilience’ and ‘The Crisis Book – overcoming and surviving work-life challenges’. Together with Cary and Andrew, he edited ‘Employee Well-being Support – A Workplace Resource’ and ‘The International Handbook of Workplace Trauma Support’.  

In his spare time, and as part of his work-life balance, Rick can be found stumbling over the hills of the Scottish Highlands or indulging his passion for fiction-writing and screenwriting – he has earned a BAFTA Nomination for one of his short-film screenplays.

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