Maria de Ridder

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Manchester M21 & M20
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About me


My name is Maria de Ridder and I run my private practice called Kintsugi Psychotherapy, across the areas of Chorlton and Didsbury areas of Manchester.  I have a deep passion for supporting individuals on their journey towards mental well-being and personal growth. I believe it is a great privilege to do this work, and as such I aim to offer a safe space which honours the uniqueness of each client.

I have led an interesting and varied life, and bring a wealth of experience in many areas of life to my practice.

I believe in a collaborative and client-centered approach to therapy. Each individual is treated with respect, empathy, and understanding, creating a safe and non-judgmental space for exploration and healing. Drawing from a range of therapeutic modalities, including transactional Analysis, attachment-based therapy, mindfulness-based techniques, and psychodynamic approaches, I tailor treatment plans to address your specific concerns and goals.

Transactional Analysis (TA) Overview:
Transactional Analysis is a powerful therapeutic approach that explores how individuals communicate and relate to themselves and others. Developed by psychiatrist Eric Berne, TA examines the different ego states - Parent, Adult, and Child - and how interactions between these states impact behavior and relationships. Through TA, clients gain insight into their patterns of communication, develop healthier ways of relating, and achieve greater autonomy and emotional well-being.

Script Analysis:
One of the key concepts in Transactional Analysis is the notion of "script." A script refers to the unconscious life plan or narrative that individuals develop early in life, often influenced by their early experiences and interactions with caregivers. These scripts shape how individuals perceive themselves, others, and the world around them, influencing their beliefs, behaviors, and choices.

By exploring and understanding their scripts, clients can gain valuable insight into recurring patterns and themes in their lives. Through script analysis, clients can identify self-limiting beliefs, maladaptive patterns of behaviour, and unresolved conflicts that may be holding them back from reaching their full potential.

How Script Analysis Helps Clients:

  • Awareness and Insight: Script analysis helps clients become aware of the unconscious beliefs and patterns that drive their behaviour, providing insight into why they may feel stuck or unsatisfied in certain areas of their lives.
  • Empowerment: By uncovering and challenging their scripts, clients can reclaim agency over their lives and make conscious choices that align with their values and goals.
  • Healing and Transformation: Script analysis allows clients to rewrite their life narratives, letting go of outdated scripts that no longer serve them and embracing new, empowering narratives that support growth and well-being.
  • Improved Relationships: Understanding their own scripts can also enhance clients' understanding of others, leading to more authentic and fulfilling relationships based on mutual respect and empathy.

    Through the therapeutic process of Transactional Analysis, clients can embark on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and transformation, ultimately creating a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

    Ready to Break Free from your life 'Script'?

    Feeling trapped in life's maze? It's time to find your path forward, and rewrite the script. If you're yearning for change and are open to experiencing the power of therapy to guide you, reach out today.

    Tailored Sessions for Your Lifestyle.

    Your journey to wellness should fit seamlessly into your life. That's why I offer flexibility with session options. Whether it's face-to-face consultations for that personal touch or convenient online meetings, I'm here to support you every step of the way.

Training, qualifications & experience

A psychotherapist with three years of experience in the field and over 1000 client hours, I am educated to MA level in Transactional Analysis from an Integrative Perspective. In my work, I combine academic knowledge with practical expertise to provide effective therapeutic interventions.

Member organisations

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

I have a particular interest in attachment, relationship issues and childhood trauma, and have extensive experience in working with these issues.

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£50.00 per session
Free initial online session

Additional information

Individual fee: £50/ 50 minute session

Couples fee: £60/ 50 minute session

Before the first session, I ask that clients have a Zoom or telephone call with me so that I may assess our suitability to work together. This is also your opportunity to assess whether I am the right therapist for you.

During the first session, we will go through a series of admin questions and questions about your general health, well-being and family history. The rest of the session is for you to talk about what has bought you to therapy, and ask me any questions about the way I work.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday: 9.00am -5.50pm (Didsbury/Chorlton)

Tuesday: 10:00am -8.00pm (Chorlton)

Wednesday: 9.30am - 5.50pm (Chorlton)

Thursday: 9.30am - 9.00pm (Didsbury)

Manchester, Greater Manchester, M21

Didsbury Counselling and Therapy Centre, 212A Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2LW

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)


Maria de Ridder
Maria de Ridder