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Elspeth Ridley MBACP

Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3
07854 990 590 07854 990 590
Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3

About me

I am Elspeth Ridley; a fully qualified integrative counsellor, MBACP, and trainee Psychotherapist in Transactional Analysis working from a Chilmark base (4 miles from Tisbury/ 15 mls from Salisbury). As a sole practitoner I actively work to ensure a strong professional support base from which to draw energy and a sound academic/clinical resource to benefit my clients.

I view that the counselling relationship is the fundamental pivot in which a person can hope to feel safe to explore the issues that they bring; allowing self challenge and move towards deeper understanding and behaviour change if appropriate.

Therapy is a confidential space for you to talk about any problems or issues no matter what they may be, with a qualified professional to listen and 'hear' you without judgement or preconceived ideas. Therapy is very different to talking to friends who may want to influence your decision path out of geniune concern and to whom you may feel unable to talk to with complete freedom. Reflective feedback is offered to you from a place of qualified experience not as a judgement or critism.

Therapy provides the professional relationship where you can start to understand how past and present experiences may be linked with behaviours; explore the unthinkable; the fears and dreams in your life with a positive purpose.

Our time together is a vibrant space in which we can delve purposely your thoughts and feelings in a group or individual setting.

Counselling, psychotherapy theoretical approaches include: integrated therapy, brief solution focus, client centred, cognitive behaviour therapy,Transactional analysis, motivational interviewing and solution focused work. Specific addiction therapy may address family support, twelve step facilitation, relapse prevention work as well as one to one counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

From an extensive professional base as a nurse clinician and manager in statutory and private sectors I refocused my training in '2005' with a Degree in Addiction Counselling @ Bath University; a two year integrative therapy training which has lead to my continued practice development into the wider field of Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. Following a strong foundation at The Iron mill Institute in Exeter, www.ironmill.co.uk, I am currently pursuing my studies within the professional supported structure of 'The Metanoia Institute' in London. www.metanoia.ac.uk

Engaging in regular clinical supervision; both group and individual, is an essental part of my principles of ethical practice and as such I prioritise this in my work. I am a member of the Bristish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, (No. 626207) and fully adhere to the BACP Ethical framework. www.bacp.co.uk

Member organisations


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

EGray.Counselling offers:

  • one to one therapy
  • couples/group therapy

Belonging to a group is an open opportunity for shared personal learning and reflection within the safe boundaries of a therapist (MBACP) facilitated environment.

Being part of a committed and focused group is a special life experience; perhaps one unique to each person in that moment, within that group of people. We are able to learn the facts; learn about each other and through others we can begin to understand and believe just how much each of us has to offer.

Such groups are a shared community which comes together in the here and now, to provide context to the essence of our narratives and serve as a 'standing stone' to move forward from.

If you are interested in working in this way; it would be expected that you initially work with an individual therapist as a preparation period to support you.

All group sessions are weekly; small closed groups and at the Chilmark base; SP3 5AF. Parking is freely available on site.

Please feel free to contact Elspeth Ridley at EGray.Counselling on 07854 990 590 er.egraycounselling@live.co.uk to discuss any issue including being part of pre arranged group work sessions.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Fees are:

From £43.00 per 50 minutes for individual counselling.
From £55.00 per 50 minutes for couples/families.

Some low cost sessions are available. These sessions are allocated as considered appropriate by the individual therapist and regulary reviewed.

Cancellations less than 3 working days prior to the booked apointment will be charged in full.

The initial session is an opportunity to fully focus on a joint understanding of further sessions and essentially the space for client and therapist to question and establish a foundation upon which a therapeutic relationship can grow. This session is charged at the usual 50 minute rate.

Sessions are @ my Chilmark base; SP3 5AF. However if appropriate, sessions may be available at an alternative negociated site and as such the cost will be advised on an individual basis. No home visits are available.

Further information

All corporate awareness work; such as training worshops/business to business consultancy, etc will be costed according to the work specification agreed.

Therapy Practice hours are 'mostly' between 10.00am and last appointment @ 6pm; Tuesday to Saturday.The expectation would be to agree a regular appointment to which commitment is given by both parties to that day and time.

Both email and telephone contact is welcomed. If I am unavailable at the time of your call please leave your name and contact details clearly, (both are confidential lines) and I will endeavour to talk direct to you between 5pm and 6pm that day.

Essentially we offer face to face therapy however where agreed appropriate Skype may be considered. Both would require a face to face initial session and be carefully scheduled sessions with regular review of rationale.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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 user access Unspecified


Appointments are available between Tuesday and Friday inclusive; 10.30am and last in the day at 6pm. Saturday sessions will be considered, in particular for Couples and Families.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Elspeth Ridley MBACP

Elspeth Ridley MBACP