Bradley Riddell MBACP, BA, Ad.Dip in Couns.

Bradley Riddell MBACP, BA, Ad.Dip in Couns.

9 Romney Place
ME15 6LT

95 Ditchling Road

01273 674680 / 07914 681995

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9 Romney Place
ME15 6LT

95 Ditchling Road

01273 674680 / 07914 681995

About me

I am a BACP Registered Integratively trained counsellor.

I work with people between the ages of 18 - 80.

I specialise in Couples Counselling and addiction, either separately or together, including problem gambling, alcohol dependency and drug use and self injurious behaviours, which almost always come with self denigrating thoughts about ones self worth and self image.

Addictive behaviours and processes can be seen as an "acting out" intended to destroy worthlessness or enhance ones damaged self image.

Addiction, however, is an illusion & a thief.

I have over 17 years experience of working in this field and a lifetime of understanding the role alcohol and drugs play in the lives of addicts and their families and friends forced to bear witness from close quarters from my own life experience.


I am here for you to talk through whatever is on your mind, whatever is bothering you or causing you distress in complete confidence and without judgement. We work at your pace and use your words and expressions to look at underlying feelings that motivate your behaviours and choices in your life. Your thought processes affect your behaviours and choices often informed by past events, memories and expectations. We will look at these together, re-frame them where necessary and explore their implications for you about how you feel about yourself, others and the world as you experience it.

The process is absolutely confidential and you can disclose as much or as little as you feel comfortable with.

I will listen attentively and reflect back what I am hearing, what that might mean, where that may have come from and gently challenge those things that appear incongruous or sound as if they don't quite fit.

We will talk about what you want to get out of counselling and set up a regular time that suits your schedule to work on those issues that you identify as needing attention in subsequent sessions.

There is no charge for the first session which lasts for 1 & 1/2hrs. This gives you the chance to decide, in your own time & at your leisure, whether this is for you & whether you feel we can work together. This protects not only my integrity but that of the counselling process itself. I will put no pressure on you to give a decision on the day, you contact me or tell me your decision when you're ready.

Subsequent sessions cost £50 & last for the standard 'counselling hour', which is 50 minutes.

We can meet weekly or fortnightly depending on your schedule and/or budget; any longer between sessions can prove disadvantageous as regular meetings provide the opportunity to deal with issues as they arise between sessions.

I am free weekends and evenings to suit most schedules but if you need daytime or other hours we can discuss that too.

Pick up the phone and call me for an informal chat to arrange a time to come in and see me.

My rooms in Maidstone and Brighton are bright and airy and comfortable and discreet. My rooms in Brighton are in a large building with many different businesses housed in various different offices in an impressive period building very close to Brighton mainline station and on all major bus routes. There is ample parking directly outside and very close by. No one would know you are seeing a therapist or accessing a counselling service.
There is a comfortable reception area to wait in until I come down to meet you and lead you to my consulting room.
My Maidstone offices are similarly discreet with plenty of parking across the road at Sainsburys or a large multi story car park beside the bus garage.


Talking about ones problems can be very difficult and daunting. It initially takes courage to come forward and take ownership of them, it's so easy to pretend they're just not there. But once you start this process it opens up avenues of relief, help and assistance that provides opportunities to re-frame ones thoughts and feelings. The ultimate benefit to anyone entering therapy is to leave with an understanding of the 'counsellor within' that we all possess but frequently don't know how to access.

Often problems encountered in life come from faulty thought processes; meta-cognition or 'thinking about thinking' is an amazingly useful and helpful psychological process. I will sensitively introduce you to this and show you how to engage with it and use it for your personal betterment.

This goes to the heart of therapeutic work. It is central to the process and will help you to re-frame and re-think your actions and challenge your ways of thinking about yourself, others and the world in general; what to expect, what to avoid, what is realistic and what is not.

Albert Ellis, one of the most influential and at times controversial of Therapists frequently asked of his clients;

"What do you think you're telling yourself to make you this way?"

I will explore this with you. It has beneficial and amazingly quick results when truly felt and engaged with.


The 'counselling hour' is 50mins long.

Sessions are best conducted once a week but fortnightly works too although the weekly sessions seem to be the most beneficial.

Counselling can be short term, from 6 - 8 weeks or run into months and, sometimes, even years.

The time needed will become apparent to us both as the process gains momentum.

You decide when you have achieved your goals and outcomes and therefore when to end.

It really is, ultimately, up to you.






07914 681995

Training, qualifications & experience


Working with Addaction, an agency specialising in counselling those with alcohol and substance use issues.

Working with CRI Patched Brighton, an agency specialising in counselling family and friends of substance users.

Currently working with Breakeven as a problem gambling counsellor as well as running my own private practice in Brighton and Maidstone.


  • In-house training in substance mis-use/use and addiction with Addaction, Brighton and CRI Patched, Brighton.
  • Advanced Certificate in counselling skills - Lewes College, Lewes
  • Course Leader - Graham Molynuex
  • BA in Sociology/Politics Guildhall University, London.
  • Course Leader: Maurice Glassman - Now Lord Glassman, HofL.
  • Post-Graduate Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Northbrook College, Worthing
  • Course Leader: Ivan Thorpe

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • My Brighton Counselling room
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  • First consultation free
  • £50 per individual session thereafter
  • £60 per Couples Counselling sessions

I ask for BACS transfer 48 hrs in advance not including weekends. Cancellations require at least 48 hrs notice otherwise the sessional rate will be payable.

Maps & Directions

Maidstone, ME15 6LT
Brighton, BN1 4ST

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Weekdays and weekends; morning, afternoon and evenings - except Saturday when I'm only available til noon.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults