Holly Ricioppo, Psychodynamic Counsellor, Post Grad Dip. MBACP, BPC,APC

Holly Ricioppo, Psychodynamic Counsellor, Post Grad Dip. MBACP, BPC,APC



07585 918242

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About me

Hello and welcome,

I am a professionally qualified and experienced Psychodynamic Counsellor. I offer confidential Psychodynamic Therapy for you to explore your concerns and hopes, no matter what they may be.

My approach is thoughtful and respectful. Together we will investigate what it is you are struggling with and discover where there is need and possibility for repair, restoration, acceptance, release. Finding a healthy way to move through your troubles or stuckness then becomes more tangible and realistic.

I offer treatment to adults from age 18 to senior citizens and I am experienced in working with a wide variety of concerns and issues. I meet diversity and difference with sensitivity and interest and welcome people from all backgrounds, cultures and circumstances.

About my method

I am committed to a Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic method. This means that I consider what might be significant for you beneath the surface, as well as what is currently happening in your life. Lifelong patterns, conflicts, losses, relationships, experiences and concerns are thought about in the context of how they may be influencing your present situation. Relief and insight to live as you intend are then possible from a grounded self-knowledge.

If you are seeking deeper meaning in your life and relationships, perhaps it’s as if something is missing or if you are facing something now or from the past and concerned about how it is affecting you - we can explore the significance of this together. Psychodynamic therapy can be profoundly valuable in helping people discover meaning and understanding through their lives and their experiences.

The Setting

My treatment rooms are calm, warm, quiet and welcoming - a safe and private space.

Some have disabled access (please do enquire about your needs) and all are close to convenient parking.


I work both long term and short term, depending on your needs. In all cases your hopes and circumstances are an important part of the discussion and we would agree on the length of treatment together.

Long-term or open-ended work is optimal as it allows the client’s development to be uninhibited.

Short term work is usually focused around a single issue and I suggest 12 sessions minimum commitment as beneficial.

Sessions are weekly, face to face, and last 50 minutes.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA Hons (Combined Studies - Humanities incl. Psychology)
  • BPC and BACP accredited Post Grad Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Registered member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
  • Registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
  • Enhanced Government Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) Certificate.
  • I have worked in therapeutic and educational settings for over 25 years, including within the NHS.

Situations and Issues I have experience in treating include the following:

abuse, anxiety, attachment and bonding issues, belonging, bereavements and losses, betrayal, breakdowns, bullying, burn-out, carers, career or work changes and issues, childhood issues, commitment, complexity, compulsions, creativity blocks and issues, dependency/independence, depression, disillusionment and disappointment, divorce and separation, dreams, eating disorders, existential concerns, facing physical changes, illness or difficulties, fear, fidelity, gender, grief, guilt, high-functioning autism, identity, intimacy, jealousy, life-stage issues, loneliness, low self esteem, memories, marital problems, obsessive thoughts, overwhelm, parental issues, recovery, regret, relationship problems, responsibilities, sadness, self-confidence, self-harm, sensitivity, sexuality, sibling issues, social anxiety, social confusion, sorrow, spirituality, stress, stuckness, tics, trauma, unfullfillment, worries about someone else.

My clinical work is consistent with the ethical and professional standards set out by the BPC.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have additional interest and experience in working with people (artists, scientists) who struggle with their creative processes and purpose.

Photos & videos

  • Registered Memberships
  • Registered Memberships 2


Regular sessions are £50 per session.

Please contact me about concessions.

Further information

How to proceed

To take the next step, please get in touch. Please let me know of a good time to reach you by phone.  I will respond very shortly and, if appropriate, we can arrange an initial appointment.

This initial 50-minute, face to face appointment is the opportunity for us to assess whether working together feels right, and whether psychodynamic therapy would suit you, as well as discuss practicalities.

Please feel welcome to contact me, in confidence, with any queries.

Maps & Directions

Bath, BA3
Wells, BA5 1XJ

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Please get in touch about your needs re: accessibility


New spaces available on first come first serve basis.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults