Bernadette Ridge MBACP
You may be feeling anxious, depressed, having relationship issues or you may be confused as to how you are feeling, tired of pretending everything is ok and want to feel better. You may have tried talking to friends or family and feel it hasn't helped. At times like these seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist can help you unburden yourself in a safe, non-judgmental 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, behaviours, and those experiences and memories which have impacted on you and your relationships can be transforming.
People often seek out counselling and psychotherapy when they are experiencing emotional distress or have a specific issue they would like to address. Therapy during a crisis can help ease your symptoms and enable you to get back to living the life you want. Each person is an individual, your experience of counselling will be unique to you.
As a person-centered therapist I will strive to be deeply understanding, accepting and genuine. My aim is to provide a safe environment in which I will listen carefully to you and offer you unconditional support, value your experience and I will use this as the basis of all our work.
Establishing a warm, mutually respectful working relationship allows us to explore together what brought you to therapy and anything else which should 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.
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. In the first 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
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
- 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 in the Tom Allan Centre (Counselling service for Crossreach) in Glasgow
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 for individual sessions.
I offer reduced fees for Unemployed or students
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