Gary Aldridge

Gary Aldridge

About me

If you are reading this, then there is every chance that you’re seeking counselling for yourself or someone close to you. Maybe you want to change your life and you're looking for someone to help you do that.

At some stages in our lives, many of us can experience anxiety, depression, stress, relationships troubles, loneliness, addiction, terminal illness, bereavement and loss or issues relating to sexuality.  You are not alone.  Counselling and Psychotherapy can help you manage and overcome many of these issues.

​Maybe you've lost someone close to you, a friend or family member, and need someone to talk to.  Perhaps you're addicted to alcohol or drugs and need some space to consider your options, as well as learning alternative ways to manage these cravings in the future.

You may be asking what makes me different from a lot of other therapists?  I'm an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, meaning I'm trained and experienced in several therapeutic approaches.  I recognise that you are unique, and an individual, and that’s exactly how I aim for our sessions to be - tailored to your individual needs.

​You can always expect a quiet, comfortable, safe and relaxed space where your well-being is of the up-most importance. We can begin by developing and nurturing a therapeutic relationship built from trust and respect. You decide where we begin and what we discuss, so you are always in control.

​Whatever your reason for seeking out therapy there is help available to support you. I'll listen and support you, and we can look at alternative coping strategies or practical solutions, if you wish. And whilst there is no magic fix to our problems, the combination of the right counsellor, with the right therapy, and your willingness to change, puts you on the correct path for positive change.

Contacting me and getting started:

On initial contact with me, I will respond within 24hrs to offer you a free telephone consultation session where we can discuss the process of counselling. My experience has shown me that this is the most beneficial way to establish contact, as it allows you the opportunity to ask questions prior to the first session.  All clients are sent a FAQ and copy of my contract prior to the first session.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. The BACP is a professional body set up to promote and monitor best practice within counselling and psychotherapy practices, and to look after the people who use these services. All my registration details will be provided to you after setting up our contract for your security.

I am fully DBS checked. This means I have undergone a criminal records check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (sponsored by the Home Office) and have been certified safe and reliable to work with people of all ages who may have safeguarding needs.

I am strongly committed to Continuing Professional Development and regularly attend conferences and training events.

     *2018- NLP Practitioner

     *2017-Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

     *2015-Diploma In Therapeutic counselling

On Going Training

  • Group Facilitation Skills at the Gestalt Centre 2019 completion
  • PODS ( Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) 2019
  • Diploma in Mindfulness 2019 completion.
  • Trauma Training with PODS
  • Advanced Couples/Relationship Counselling

Area of expertise

  • Substance & Alcohol Dependence- Worked in the field of addiction for nine years
  • Young Adults- Worked with young adults for three years in various roles
  • Couples- Worked with couples for three years in various types of models and settings
  • Childhood/ Adult Trauma- Working currently at a rape crisis centre, to provide counselling for those affected by sexual assault.

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Photos & videos

  • Therapy Room
  • Aldridgecounsellingservices


The first session will be a follow on from the telephone assessment session, allowing us to find out more about you and your background, discuss the issues that you are having presently and finally establish where to place the focus in your future consultations.

Upon first contact with me, it would be helpful if you could detail the areas that you would like to explore in your sessions.

£60:Couples Counselling 1hr

£80:Couples Counselling 1.20mins

£50: Individual Counselling 50 minute session
£40: Telephone Counselling 50 minute session
£40: Online Counselling’     50 minute session

I reserve some of my spaces for low cost counselling and operate a sliding scale depending on means. I am also currently running a community option for those who can’t afford counselling and reserve one free space for a client in my case load. I currently have space right now and can offer this to the right individual. Details of this can be discussed at the initial assessment phase.

I also have further low-cost counselling available with trainee counsellors, costing £30 (further concessions are also available, depending on hardship).

Payment is accepted by me after each session ends. I accept cash or cheque. Provided 48 hours notice is given we will aim to reschedule your session. If notice is not given the session will still be deemed payable in full.

Further information

My background as a counsellor, comes from working within the field of Mental Health and Addiction where I did my training. I have worked in this sector for over 9 yrs now and have direct experience working with a wide range of diverse clients from this. I currently work as a team leader in a residential drug and alcohol treatment centre located within Hertfordshire and have a strong passion for helping those affected with addictions and mental health. I have strong links within Hertfordshire and the UK to help refer anyone in need of more intensive support, this includes families.

I've worked as a telephone counsellor for a charity based in London called The Mix. We supported young people from the age of 11-25yrs old, through telephone counselling.

This has allowed me to gain experience with the issues faced in the modern age for young people from diverse backgrounds with a range of mental health issues. The issues i work with are self esteem, anxiety, depression, bullying, abuse, substance misuse. In 2019 i will be undertaking a specialist course within this to help me gain more expertise within this work. I am a huge advocate for mental health not only for adults but also our younger generation.

I'm currently working as part of a pilot project with the NHS to provide twelve funded sessions for those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. This has lead me to further my training in this area. I have studied and attended conferences that are related to domestic abuse and trauma. I'm a registered therapist on the PODS ( Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) as an approved counsellor who has undergone specific training to work with those who suffers with trauma related conditions. Please feel free to ask further questions on enquires regarding this.

Maps & Directions

Hertford, SG14

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


I currently have spaces free from 7am- 9pm Mon- Fri and morning slots on weekends.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme