Bradley Riddell MBACP, BA, Ad.Dip in Couns.
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.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM COUNSELLING WITH ME?
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 50mins - the usual "counselling hour". 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, £70 for couples, & also 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 or send me an email on email@example.com
HOW CAN I HELP YOU?
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 is it, do you think, that 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.
Freud's professed goal was to make conscious what was unconscious;
"where id was let there be ego" as he put it.
Our unconscious will dominate our lives until we make those troublesome parts conscious & talking therapy is very much about doing exactly that.
Once we make our unconscious conscious it will stop dominating our lives and we will take back control. Until this happens we will continue to believe that repetitious behaviours & consequences are just our fate or "just the way it is" but it doesn't have to be, therapy can alter that dynamic & put you back in charge again.
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.
COUNSELLING REALLY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.......YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO GAIN.
MAKE THAT FIRST, AND POTENTIALLY LIFE CHANGING, MOVE TODAY.
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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
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- First consultation free
- £50 per individual session thereafter
- £70 per Couples Counselling sessions
Cancellations require 48hrs notice for the fee not to be charged.