About me


I am a fully qualified and accredited Counsellor working in private practice supporting adults and young people. There are many reasons why people might look to a private Counsellor for support - what is important, is that it is something that matters to you. As a trained Counsellor, my role is to listen empathically and help guide you through whatever that may be, in a safe and supportive way.


Following 8 years serving and supporting families in the mental health sector, I work now as an independent Counsellor at The Ridge Practice. My additional role as a bereavement volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care enables me to support individuals who have suffered loss through bereavement. I also offer eco-therapy sessions which encompass walk and talk therapy outside in the open air where The Ridge Practice is located, in the beautiful village of Bledlow Ridge in the Chiltern Hills.


I offer face to face counselling at my private clinic room along with online and telephone counselling. I have received both Astra Zeneca Vaccines and take a lateral flow test twice weekly.

At the Practice you will enter a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space where you can talk at your own pace, discuss difficulties and challenges and explore thoughts and feelings in more depth to help you get the best out of life.  I am here to listen, empathise, encourage and help you to resolve and understand personal, social or psychological difficulties.  Examples may include:  worry and anxiety, depression, low-mood, relationship difficulties, motivation, self esteem, self-harm, grief and loss, stress and helping your own child through their therapy.

To talk about how counselling might help you and to book an appointment, please call me on 07500 475073 or email me here. You can also visit my counselling website at www.theridgepractice.com

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified person centred Counsellor and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society.

Additionally, I work as an Associate Counsellor at Everlief Child Psychology and as a Bereavement Volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care.

I undertake CPD (continuous professional development) on a regular basis.

. Current pathway - Level 5 Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling in Practice

. Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

. Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

. Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

. Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems

. Cruse Bereavement Support Foundation Course

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

20 Minute free telephone consultation

50 minute therapy sessions cost £50


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I aim to offer you the same appointment slot each week to help with planning and consistency of therapy.  Please call me on 07500 475073 if you would like to discuss options.

Bledlow Ridge

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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My practice has a dedicated entrance and toilet facilities and on-street parking available.

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Hayley Vaughan-Smith

Hayley Vaughan-Smith