Professor Damien Ridge PGDipCounsPsych MACounsPsych PhD FHEA MBACP
I am a psychotherapist who specialises in helping people with anxiety and depression to recover and live better.
Because I have extensively worked with, researched and published on the ways in which people recover from depression, I can provide very sensitive help to ensure you get the best possible care.
Additionally, I have additional expertise in areas of chronic fatigue, cancer, HIV, suicidal thoughts, sexuality, and men's wellbeing.
I work to help you deal with your distress first. But more than this, I will help you to learn to live life better, to find out who you are, to find peace, and not just 'get through' life by putting on a mask.
The approach I offer is person-centred (the idea that within you, you have the answers you need to live better) and psychodynamic (looking at how we unconsciously repeat old patterns, and how we can break them). I will use some techniques from mindfulness where appropriate to help you better accept yourself.
Talking to a skilled therapist can help you uncover the things you need to cope better, to re-invigorate your life in ways you might not have thought possible, and find greater peace. We will work together to discover what it is you need and help you find your own authentic approach to life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist and counsellor, and a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I abide by the BACP code of ethics.
Professionally, I have experience of providing counselling at the Mind charity. I also co-developed the Atlas men's wellbeing clinic at the Victoria Medical Centre, London.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has adopted my recovery research into their guidance on the treatment and management of depression in adults in the UK (2010).
Having talked to people all over the UK about their depression and getting better - and published extensively on the issue - I have particular expertise in helping people manage and overcome depression.
I am involved in continuing professional development (CPD), and like all BACP therapists, my work is supervised to ensure that you get the best possible care. In addition to this, I believe all effective therapists should have had their own personal therapy to ensure they can be fully present for you without their own issues getting in the way. Thus, I have put myself through many years of my own personal therapy to ensure that I can provide the best possible care to my clients.
I have been a yoga and mindfulness practitioner for over 20 years, which means that I can attend better to the things that are most present for you, as well as help you to be more present in your life.
As an academic who specialises in improving the patient experience, you will benefit from my client-centred approach.
Additionally, I work extensively with gay, heterosexual and LGBT clients.
I have studied and worked with patient experiences of health conditions like chronic fatigue, cancer, HIV, suicide, depression and men's wellbeing.
Thus my practice is informed by the insights I gain from a wide range of research and patient experience: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=WPCC5mwAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Our initial session is free.
My sessions start from £90 online, depending on income.
I currently practice online via Zoom only. When conditions allow, I practice out of Terapia Consultancy, set within a peaceful courtyard closest to Farringdon station. The practice is walking distance from Chancery Lane, Barbican, Angel and Russel Square stations. See: http://www.terapiaconsultancy.co.uk/ for more information.