Richard was born in Ottawa, Canada and has lived there most of his life. He has an M.A. in German Linguistics from Carleton University; a Ph.D. in Philosophy, German Literature, and Mediaeval Studies from the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg i. Br., Germany; and an M.Ed. (Counselling) from the University of Ottawa. Richard is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (RP), a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), and a Training Candidate of the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis (QE-English).