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MBACP - Counselling, Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision

About me

Are you looking for help?

Hello; my name is Jed Bridge; welcome to my profile. I am an experienced therapist offering counselling and psychotherapy to adults seeking support to address a range of life issues. Things I can help you with include: managing stress, anxiety and overwhelm; low self-worth; lack of confidence; self-doubt; relationship and trust issues; feeling sad or angry; aloneness; adjusting to life changes; feeling lost and out of touch...

Or, perhaps you are interested in self-exploration and personal development in order to increase your awareness and understanding of yourself, or simply to enhance your overall mental health and emotional well-being?

I am motivated in my work as a counsellor by a genuine desire to serve others and make a difference. I enjoy helping my clients to develop their self-esteem and establish a greater sense of personal effectiveness and agency in their lives.

I offer compassion and a listening ear, alongside the understanding, skills and expertise that I have developed in 25+ years of working therapeutically with clients. I bring myself to my work, head and heart, combining my professional grounding and experience with my humanity, wisdom and intuition, and the reflections and insights gained on my own journey.

In our work together, I aim to provide a safe, supportive and collaborative environment in order to facilitate meaningful exploration, self-acceptance and positive change.

I am currently offering therapy online using Zoom or by phone, and also outdoors in nature - with individual 'walk and talk' sessions in accessible green spaces close to Monton/Eccles/Worsley/Swinton, in Salford, north-west Manchester.

Various daytime and evening appointments are available (outdoor sessions available in daylight hours only). Please note, I work only with individuals and don't offer couples counselling.

My fee is £40 to £60 per one-hour session, based on your ability to pay. Additional information on session fees and arrangements is given in the relevant "Fees" section below.

Please note: Whilst, at the moment, I am offering one-to-one sessions either by Zoom (or phone) or 'walk and talk', I have been considering a partial return to seeing clients in person face to face, and I am currently in the process of exploring the viability of this and the potential of finding suitable premises (as The Worsley Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, where I previously practised, closed its doors permanently during the pandemic). 

I hope to be in a position to offer a mix of therapy options: online by Zoom, or by phone, and in-person, both 'face-to-face' indoors and 'walk-and-talk' outdoors. If you specifically want face-to-face meetings in person, please email me so I can let you know when these may become available.

Working online, connecting live in confidential face-to-face communication by video, presents an effective way of engaging in therapy, as well as offering flexibility and convenience; however, if you are feeling unsure, I can provide you with the opportunity to try out talking on Zoom with me, without any obligation, to see how you find it and if it could work for you. Please feel free to contact me to enquire.

... Most of my clients who have engaged in counselling in this way have reported that it has worked well for them, including some who were initially sceptical or expressed reservations about doing the sessions on Zoom.

Indeed, several have said they prefer the flexibility and the ease of working remotely from the comfort of their own environment, and without the need to travel for therapy, especially where they have a busy schedule or where travelling could be awkward or time-consuming - for instance, where they live or work a fair distance away, or where using public transport would prove complicated or difficult. This may also include people with mobility impairments or people who experience anxiety. Working online means that geography needn't be an obstacle.

Call me on 07792 110812 to arrange an appointment, or for an informal chat to discuss your needs and ask any questions ...or email me if you prefer.

If you get my voicemail, please feel free to leave a brief message along with your name and number, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please note, I aim to respond to email enquiries within 48 hours - Mon-Fri.

What can you expect to achieve from therapy?

Embarking on a counselling 'journey' and engaging in the process of therapeutic change might at first seem daunting, and may at times be challenging; yet, most people encounter something valuable from it, and the majority of my clients have reported finding therapy to be an inspiring, productive and rewarding experience.

I offer a safe and confidential space where you are free to explore your situation without judgement, and where I will support you to get things off your chest and get to the bottom of what's troubling you.

Good talking therapy can provide you with a constructive opportunity to gain increased awareness and re-evaluate your perspective, helping you to become more in touch with your own resources, in order to move forwards and develop a more effective and fulfilling approach to your life and relationships.

As your counsellor, I commit to helping you to build confidence and trust in yourself, and to find increased self-acceptance, peace of mind and resilience.

Taking the first step...

The way we interpret our experiences, and how we think and feel about ourselves, particularly when we're encountering certain so-called 'negative' feelings or are struggling with problems and difficult situations, can be significantly affected by factors such as: embarrassment and shame; guilt; 'shoulds' and 'shouldn'ts'; low self-worth; feeling 'weak' or perhaps 'too proud'; being hard on ourselves; fearing judgement and criticism; or simply not wanting to be a burden to others...

These can all get in the way of our ability to acknowledge or to feel comfortable sharing what might be really going on for us, very often leaving us isolated and prevented from asking for help or letting others in; indeed, we might not even be available to receiving any such contact and support, or to recognising what we may need or deserve. 

Sometimes these 'beliefs' and reactions have become deeply ingrained so that they pervade our lives and our experience in relationships, binding up our energy and resulting in psychological tensions, often manifesting in physiological symptoms, chronic stress, anxiety, depression and burnout.

Seeking counselling can be a brave step to take, especially when we're feeling vulnerable. I believe it is important to find a therapist who is right for you, and I would invite you to hold some of the following considerations in your mind as you choose a counsellor to work with:

"Is this person someone...

  • who comes across as warm, who will listen to you without judgement, and who will be supportive as you take courage to talk about your feelings and experiences?"
  • who you could build a trusting relationship with, who is patient, and who you are going to feel safe and comfortable to work with at your own pace?"
  • who will help you explore and make sense of your situation, who will 'get you' and help you clarify what it is you really want and need?"
  • who is competent, who will support you to restore your self-worth, and who will help you arrive at a level of awareness and understanding where you can consider helpful and healthy ways forward?"

Issues I have helped people with include:

  • low self-esteem and lack of confidence;
  • feelings of inadequacy, guilt and self-doubt;
  • relationship and trust issues;
  • stress, anxiety and overwhelm;
  • difficulty with managing feelings and emotions;
  • problem gambling;
  • feelings of isolation, aloneness and vulnerability;
  • bereavement and loss;
  • existential issues and life changes;
  • loss of focus or purpose;
  • spirituality and search for meaning;
  • self-exploration and personal development.

Successful therapy outcomes...

My goal is to help you to:

  • feel supported to share what's bothering you, explore and get things off your chest, and gain some releif and perspective;
  • develop self-awareness and insight;
  • broaden your understanding of factors underlying your current distress or anxiety;
  • examine the impacts of past experiences and relationships, and recognise the influence of these, both on your current outlook and view of yourself, and on your internal responses and behavioural reactions;
  • address apparently self-limiting responses and free yourself up to become more authentic and self-directed;
  • establish a more loving and compassionate relationship with yourself;
  • distinguish and differentiate between relationships and experiences that energisenourish and sustain you, and those that are deadening, depleting and cause you pain or harm;
  • become more in touch with who you are, and aligned with your values;
  • recognise and embrace your own resources;
  • build confidence and trust in yourself, and feel more comfortable and secure in your own skin;
  • shift away from a position of co-dependency and over-adaptation to others, or indeed, from excessive independence, and move towards a place of healthy interdependence and increased autonomy, balance and wholeness, where you can make effective and self-respecting choices that take account of your needs;
  • enjoy increased fulfilment and peace of mind, and achieve a greater sense of personal empowerment, wellness and self-assurance in your relationships and life in general;
  • foster ongoing self-care and maintenance of your well-being and resilience.

In the counselling relationship, I aim to provide a reflective therapeutic space where you can experience a safe, supportive and collaborative environment for meaningful exploration and positive change.

Committed to your growth...

At times in my own life's journey, I have wrestled with feelings of self-doubt, inadequacy, shame and self-consciousness, and struggled with the lack of a consistent and felt sense of self-worth. I frequently over-adapted to others and often hid or toned down my light, my power, my passions, my dreams and my expectations.

I have experienced anxiety and overwhelm arising from the various pressures I put on myself to counter this, much of which I barely even acknowledged, let alone allow myself to be helped and supported; and yet, I could spot other people's needs at a thousand paces!

Learning to truly acknowledge and validate myself has been very important, both personally and professionally, and not without challenges. This has involved becoming increasingly self-aware and open to valuing the whole range of my experiences and feelings, whilst at the same time refining my effectiveness in managing these.

It has meant developing a loving and self-supportive attitude of understanding and compassion, where I can accept and appreciate myself for who I really am... warts and all.  And perhaps even more significant than learning to be accepting of my 'warts', it has entailed increasingly taking full ownership of my light and giving myself the permission and encouragement to shine.

I have been fortunate enough to encounter situations and people along the way, who, without trying to change me into what they or others thought I needed to be, have mirrored me, offering to me an accurate and authentic reflection that has resonated with my experiences and my feelings and motivations, and has highlighted and affirmed these, helping me develop trust in my own judgement and inclinations.

Being 'seen' and 'heard' in this way, where we are valued unconditionally, and with empathic understanding, can have a profound effect in enabling us to recognise, accept and embrace who we are; it illustrates the importance of the quality of the therapeutic relationship in effective counselling.

I have been motivated and inspired to get to know myself better, to listen within and to trust myself. I continue on this journey of growth and unfolding; it is a journey of connecting with my potential, and of re-evaluating and realigning my relationships, my life and my outlook. Much of the time now, I enjoy being me and approving of myself.

I bring this passion and this knowing to my work, helping others establish a more connected and loving relationship with themselves. My understanding is enriched through my own life experiences and challenges, and through the lessons I have learned from people I have met, including my many individual and unique clients, and the various 'teachers', kindred sprits and other souls I have encountered on my way.

I regard these insights and experiences as invaluable, both in terms of my capacity to feel humility and empathy, and of my affinity with the essence of the therapeutic process and appreciation of what really makes it work. I know that, along with my inner motivation and humanity, this underpins my compassion and positively influences my effectiveness as a counsellor.

I am committed to your growth.

If what I have said has interested you, and you would like to see if we could work together, or if you have any questions about any aspect of my practice, please feel free to contact me on 07792 110812 ...or email me if you prefer.

If you get my voicemail, please feel free to leave a brief message along with your name and number, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please note, I aim to respond to email enquiries within 48 hours - Mon-Fri.

Training, qualifications & experience

Background and experience:

I have worked in various settings, including:

  • Independent private practice, including working at The Worsley Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, Walkden (2015-20), and providing therapy online, by phone and outdoors since the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Sessional counsellor (6 years) for GamCare, Salford, working with problem gamblers and others adversely affected by problem gambling;
  • Sessional counsellor (7 years) in a Central Manchester GP surgery (The Docs, Bloom Street);
  • Sessional counselling (voluntary and paid work) at Beechwood Cancer Care Centre, Stockport, working with people affected by a cancer diagnosis or loss of a family member.

I have several years' past experience of part-time lecturing and personal development group facilitation on various counsellor training courses (Liverpool Community College, Manchester College of Arts and Technology (MANCAT), Salford College and Tameside College), as well as training provision for Cruse Bereavement Care (Greater Manchester Branch), where I have co-facilitated 60-hour Introduction to Bereavement Counselling courses for new volunteer counsellors.

I also work as a supervisor, currently offering one-to-one clinical supervision on an independent basis to both qualified and trainee counsellors. My practice has incorporated supervision provision in various agency settings, including: Cruse Bereavement Care (Greater Manchester Branch); Face-to-Face Counselling Service, Chorlton; and 11 years' delivering individual and group supervision services to Beacon Counselling, a Stockport-based charity (2009-20). I have also facilitated peer supervision groups within counselling diploma courses at MANCAT and Salford College.

I have recently re-commenced my supervision provision to Beacon Counselling (April 2022 to date).

Training and qualifications:

My relevant qualifications and training include:

  • Diploma in Counselling;
  • Diploma in Fieldwork Supervision;
  • Diploma in Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy, Psychology & Psychotherapy (National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy);
  • Advanced Certificates in: Stress & Anxiety Management; Therapeutic Group Work; and Therapeutic Hypnosis;
  • GamCare clinical training - various certificated training programmes relating to problem gambling and working with problem gamblers and affected others;
  • Advanced clinical training in Transactional Analysis psychotherapy (3 years, comprising 420 EATA accredited hours);
  • Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory).

I engage in regular continuing professional development (CPD) in a variety of areas relating to counselling, psychotherapy and supervision, combined with ongoing self-reflection and active commitment to my own personal growth and well-being.

Contact me on 07792 110812 ...or email me if you prefer. If you get my voicemail, please feel free to leave a brief message along with your name and number, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.  Please note, I aim to respond to email enquiries within 48 hours - Mon-Fri.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - Registered Member MBACP - reg. no. 109981.

I work within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

☑ Adjustment to life changes ☑ Emotional difficulties ☑ Grief and loss ☑ Guilt ☑ Loss of focus and direction ☑ Lost 'mojo' ☑ Low self-worth ☑ Managing feelings ☑ Masculinity and effects of toxic masculinity ☑ Men's issues ☑ Mid-life crisis ☑ Negative impacts of patriarchy ☑ Personal development ☑ Self-awareness ☑ Self-exploration ☑ Shame and embarrassment ☑ Shyness ☑ Stress management ☑ Trust Issues

Fees

From £40.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Before arranging an initial session, we would need to have a brief pre-assessment telephone consultation (free-of-charge).

We may then choose to arrange a full initial one-hour consultation, where we assess and explore what you want from therapy and how we might work together. I charge for this first session, but the fee is only payable if you decide to continue working with me. You are free to make up your mind at this stage without any obligation; so if the therapy doesn't go ahead, the fee won't be charged.

More details:

My fee is £40 to £60 per one-hour session, depending on your ability to pay.

This is known as a 'sliding scale' and helps make therapy more affordable for some people who might otherwise find it difficult to pay the full amount, particularly to attend weekly. We can talk about the cost when we speak initially on the phone. 

Student rate, for trainee counsellors completing required personal therapy hours: £40 per one-hour session.

A limited number of further fee concessions may be available. This would be by negotiation and based on your circumstances and ability to pay. I am sorry I can't guarantee this, as availability is dependent on the overall balance of concessionary places that I have committed to at any particular time. Please feel free to enquire.

Payment is due on the day of each session and can be made by cash, cheque or bank transfer.

Payments in sterling (GBP) only please.

Please view my supervision profile for rates offered for clinical supervision.

When I work

  • Daytime and evening appointments available (various Mon-Fri)
  • Outdoor sessions available in daylight hours only

For more details of specific availability, please enquire.

Further information

Call me on 07792 110812* to arrange an appointment, or for an informal chat to discuss your needs and ask any questions ...or you can email me if you prefer.

If you get my voicemail, please feel free to leave a brief message along with your name and number, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please note, I aim to respond to email enquiries within 48 hours - Mon-Fri.

* Call me on +44 7792 110812 if you are phoning from outside the UK.

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Salford, Manchester, M30

Worsley, Manchester, M28

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

Online
Phone

I am a qualified supervisor with 20+ years' experience, currently offering clinical supervision to both qualified and trainee practitioners.

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