About me

I am an experienced person-centred counsellor and supervisor working in South Liverpool, qualified since 1998, working with individuals and couples. My down-to-earth yet professional approach can enable people to feel able to begin exploring their difficulties and move to a place of greater clarity.

The person-centre approach to counselling is powerful because it gives us the opportunity to be heard and to explore our difficulties in a safe and non-judgemental space, creating the conditions for us to contact our inner resources and come to a greater understanding of our situation. This can enable us to grow towards a more satisfying way of living and being.

Counselling has been of great benefit to me in my own life in that it has helped me to grow in confidence and self belief, as well improving my relationships with others.

I have over twenty years experience of working in the social care field, including work in mental health, addictions, work with women, homeless people, people with learning disabilities, offenders and elderly people.

In addition to working in my private counselling practice since 2008, I have gained my counselling experience working in an addictions treatment centre, for Rape Crisis, Victim Support, and within a university counselling service. I currently work part-time as a staff counsellor in NHS occupational health services.

I offer individual and couples therapy. I am also a qualified and experienced Counselling Supervisor, and Group Facilitator, although I am not currently running a group in my private practice.

I am an accredited member of the BACP, and as such I am guided by and work within their ethical framework. I offer a professional confidential service.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Honours) Degree in English (1992)
  • Advanced Cerificate in Counselling (1996)
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling (1998)
  • BACP Accredited (2010)
  • Post Graduate Cert in Counselling Supervision (2013)

Other training:

  • Interpersonal Group Therapy (2007)
  • Twelve Step Facilitation (2008)
  • Essential Gestalt (2009)
  • Transactional Analysis (101) (2012)
  • Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy (2014)
  • Group Facilitation (Nick Totton) (2015)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Oppression & Discrimination;
Work with Women;
Survivors of Sexual Abuse;

Family estrangement;


Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Individuals £55 per hour

Couples £65 per hour


Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Latest slot available 6pm.

Further information

Limited number of concessionary places available


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair accessible premises on Wednesdays only

Jo Ridley

Jo Ridley