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About me

About me

Hello and welcome, my name is Judith and I have been working as a therapeutic counsellor for over 20 years.

I have a background in the physical, neurological and emotional development of people. With a particular focus on the difficulties brought about through attachment and relational traumas.

About you

Perhaps you are having relationship difficulties or struggling to cope with the current changes in your circumstances?

Perhaps you are in pain, anxious or depressed. Feeling stuck or scared and concerned more generally about your life.

Benefits of counselling

Life can be really lonely, especially now. This in itself can be extremely painful, never mind if we are anxious and have other worrying and difficult things going on in our lives.

Sometimes you just need another person to listen and to really hear you. Someone who is not involved in your life and so can support you in an unbiased and non judgemental way.

Counsellors are trained to do this and have many years training and learning about human psychology and the difficulties we can have in just being alive.

Speaking with a counsellor on a regular basis and building up a relationship of trust   can be an incredibly healing process. For some, it is the only time in their life that they have experienced feeling listened to, cared about and valued.

Only when we are listened to by another can we begin to listen to ourselves

What do I offer?

I offer you the time and space for us to talk together about what concerns you, and I will listen to you in a caring, non judgemental and confidential way.

My psychotherapeutic training is 'Gestalt', which simply means that you and I will look together for patterns in the way you think and behave. These patterns were learned long ago for very good reasons but may be causing problems for you today.

Online counselling - what if we can't meet in person?

Due to the current pandemic we are not able to meet in person just now.

However, online therapy via zoom or what's app or face time, is very effective and so easy to access. I will continue to work from my private therapy room ensuring your privacy and confidentiality and you just need a place where you can access the internet and have some space and privacy for yourself.

We would have weekly, hour long meetings, just like face to face work, but from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you.

Benefits of online

Due to the success and ease of online therapy, you can choose to continue this way after the pandemic or you may choose to switch to face to face work or alternate between.

This also means that you and I can work together wherever you live and your choice of therapists is much greater than ever before.

How to get started

If you decide to phone or email me, we can arrange an initial appointment over the phone or via zoom, where we can meet and decide if we would like to begin working together.

I am very happy to guide you through any technical concerns you may have. Once you get the hang of it, online therapy is very straightforward and easy.

I look forward to meeting you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc Psychology and Health Science
  • Cert Couple Counselling (3 year training with Relate)
  • Foundation in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling/Psychotherapy (1 year training with Bath Centre Psychotherapy Counselling)
  • Diploma in Gestalt Therapy (4 year training with Edinburgh Gestalt Institute)
  • Diploma in Relational mindfulness (Karuna Institute)
  • Trauma training (Janina Fisher)
  • Residential trainings with Lynne Jacobs and Gary Yontef
  • Child development and play therapy (Playing Matters)
  • Healing task training (James Kepner)
  • Member of GPTI (Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute)
  • Member of BACP (British Association Counselling & Psychotherapy)

My initial training was in relationship counselling (Relate) an area I worked in from 1999 to 2005.

After that I worked with adults, couples and adolescents, in both voluntary and employed capacities.

Subsequent training in Psychotherapy, with the
Edinburgh Gestalt Institute led me into private practice which is my main work now.

I work to the code of ethical practice laid down by GPTI http://www.gpti.org.uk/pdf/codeofethics2010.pdf.

I have full professional indemnity insurance.

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

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).

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

I charge from £45.00 for a one hour session.

When I work

  • Due to covid 19, I am currently working by phone and online through zoom which makes it really easy for us to meet.
  • More about how this works below.

Further information

I work from home in the beautiful and tranquil setting of Glenalmond.

Due to current Covid restrictions I am currently working via phone, zoom, or Whats App video call.

Glenalmond is located approximately 25 minutes driving from the amenities of Perth, 15 minutes from Crieff and 35 minutes from the centre of Aberfeldy.

Please look at my website for much more information about the therapy I offer and why and how this might be what you are looking for just now. www.judithridley.co.uk

Choosing the right therapist is an important step and I include a link to a website which may offer you some guidance at this point.

Ramsay House, Glenalmond College, Glenalmond, Perth, Perthshire, PH1 3RY

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

There is easy parking right outside the house and there are no steps or slopes to the door. My therapy room is on the ground floor. Telephone sessions are an option during the course of ongoing face to face therapy.