Gary Aldridge

Gary Aldridge


07506 858195

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07506 858195

About me

I provide a professional and confidential counselling service for individuals. I can offer long-term therapy or shorter solution-focussed counselling tailored to suit each individual need and wishes. Initially 6-12 sessions will be offered and we will review this at regular intervals to ensure that you are getting the maximum from the counselling time with me.

On completion of therapy I offer a free follow up consultations after 6 and 12 months to all my clients to see how they are progressing. I believe that for you this is a positive way to ensure you are still making progress.

Contacting me and getting started:

On initial contact with me, I will respond within 24hrs to offer you a consultation session where we can meet to discuss the process of counselling. My experience has shown me that this is the most beneficial way to establish contact, as it allows you the opportunity to ask questions, gain a feel of me, the methods of working I will be using, plus to visit the venue from which I work out of.

The decision to continue with counselling will solely rely on you after our assessment session, as there is now obligation to me if you feel we are not suited. I normally recommend you take 24hrs to consider before making your decisions.

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and have trained in various approaches to therapy. This means that I use a range of counselling theories within my work, ensuring that I work with you in a client tailored approach, during our sessions to suit your needs.

I strongly believe that no one approach to therapy is the complete solution, when working with depression, stress, anxiety and relationship troubles. I will use whatever is appropriate to you as a client which may incorporate one or more approaches.

Through counselling I can help you to work through psychological and emotional problems, finding ways to manage demanding situations in your life and improve your sense of well-being. It may be a specific situation that brings you to counselling, a sad or troubling event, or it may be that life seems overwhelmingly difficult and out of control. I can help you to explore difficult issues, finding ways to understand and overcome the emotional distress.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. The BACP is a professional body set up to promote and monitor best practice within counselling and psychotherapy practices, and to look after the people who use these services. All my registration details will be provided to you after setting up our contract for your security.

I am strongly committed to Continuing Professional Development and regularly attend conferences and training events. I am currently working towards a group facilitation qualification at the Gestalt centre in London. I work with individuals or groups, from late adolescence upwards.

I am fully DBS checked. This means I have undergone a criminal records check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (sponsored by the Home Office) and have been certified safe and reliable to work with people of all ages who may have safeguarding needs.

My background as a counsellor, comes from working within the field of mental health and addiction where I did my training. I have worked in this sector for over 6.5 yrs now and have direct experience working with a wide range of diverse clients from this. I currently work in a residential drug and alcohol treatment centre and have a strong passion for helping those with addictions and mental health. I have strong links within Hertfordshire and the UK to help refer people in need of more intensive support.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have worked in the filed of addiction for over 6 years now and specialise in working with addiction and alcoholism.

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  • Therapy Room


The first session will be an assessment session, allowing us to find out more about you and your background, discuss the issues that you are having presently and finally establish where to place the focus in your future consultations.

Upon first contact with me, it would be helpful if you could detail the areas that you would like to explore in your sessions.

£50: Individual Counselling
£40: Telephone counselling
£40: Online counselling

I reserve some of my spaces for low cost counselling and operate a sliding scale depending on means. I am also currently running a community option for those who can’t afford counselling and reserve one free space for a client in my case load. I currently have space right now and can offer this to the right individual. Details of this can be discussed at the initial assessment phase.

I also have further low-cost counselling available with trainee counsellors, costing £30 (further concessions are also available, depending on hardship).

Payment is accepted by me after each session ends. I accept cash or cheque. Provided 48 hours notice is given we will aim to reschedule your session. If notice is not given the session will still be deemed payable in full.

Further information

Making the decision to approach counselling can be a positive step whilst also a difficult one also. What I aim to offer is a space which you can be helped to gain a greater understanding of yourself whilst being given the time to find the resources to make changes in your life.

My hope from the time spent in counselling with me, will lead you on a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness to live a more fulfilling life and to have more meaningful relationships.

You may be deciding to seek therapy because you are feeling low or in distress, or that you are confused with painful feelings that you do not understand, but you may also be coming from a place of curiosity.

I am here to guide you through this process.Rather than offering advice or direction, I work together with my clients to help them reach a greater level of self understanding and well-being. My aim is that clients will leave counselling in a better place than they entered it, feeling more secure and better able to deal with the world

Maps & Directions

Hertford, SG14

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I currently have spaces free from 7am- 9pm Mon- Fri and morning slots on weekends.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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