Bernadette Ridge MBACP
As a person-centered therapist I will strive to be deeply understanding, accepting and genuine. I'll provide a safe environment in which I will listen very carefully to you, offer you unconditional support, value your experience and use that as a basis of all our work. My aim is to establish a warm, mutually respectful working relationship between us to allow us to explore together what has brought you to therapy and anything else that may arise during our time together, accepting you wherever you may be. This gives the potential for a healing experience that will increase awareness and understanding, while at the same time empowering you to make healthy choices.
I am passionate about my profession and have found my vocation in life within my counselling work.
Previous client's feedback - "You make me feel that I am the only person you work with."
How can counselling help you
You may be feeling anxious, depressed or having relationship issues. Or you may be confused as to how you are feeling, you're just tired of pretending everything is OK and want to feel better. You may have tried talking to friends or family and found it hasn't helped you feel better. At times like these, seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist can help you unburden yourself in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space.
Everyone can gain a lot from discovering more about themselves through counselling and psychotherapy. Having the chance to explore your patterns of feelings and behaviours, and those experiences and memories which impact on you and your relationships, can be transforming.
People often seek out counselling and psychotherapy when they are in emotional distress or have a specific issue they want to address. Therapy during a crisis can help ease symptoms and enable you to get back to living the life you want. Each person is individual, and your experience of counselling will be unique to you.
How do I get started
- Phone or email me.
- We can arrange an initial FREE 15-minute telephone consultation - where we can have a brief chat of what is bringing you to counselling and any questions you may have.
- Alternatively we can arrange your first session at full cost. During this session, you will have the chance to talk about what has brought you to counselling/support in more depth. It will also give you the chance to decide whether I am the counsellor for you and if so arrange ongoing sessions.
Where will I go for my sessions?
My Private Practice - We meet in my counselling room which is in my home.
Is there wheelchair access - Yes
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, qualifications, memberships & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy - University of Strathclyde
- COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Introduction to Adlerian Family Counselling Certificate
- Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
- Registered Member of Adlerian Society UK Institute for Individual Psychology
- Registered Member of The Association for Person Centred Therapy Scotland
- Registered member of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups)
In addition to my private practice, I work voluntary for the Tom Allan Centre (counselling service for Crossreach) in Glasgow
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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Each session is 50 minutes and charged at a rate of £40 per session.
My approach is Person-centred
Person-centred counselling is based on a deep respect for the person, and the belief that the relationship between counsellor and client is of primary importance. We believe it is the client who knows best what hurts, they have within herself or himself the capacity to begin a healing process. This process can be helped to unfold within the safe, nonjudgmental, understanding type of relationship that person-centred counsellors are trained to offer.
We believe as person-centred counsellors certain qualities are essential to create a safe, supportive and challenging therapeutic environment, including:
- A deep acceptance.
- A willingness to understand.
- A commitment to being genuine in our relationship.
- These qualities, offered professionally and consistently, are the central and distinctive characteristics of the Person-Centred Approach to Therapy.
For further information contact - www.bridgecounsellingglasgow.co.uk
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible hours Monday - Friday 8.30 am - 6.30 pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|