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Matt Ridley, Adv Dip Couns, Registered MBACP.

About me

Lets face it, sometimes life can get a bit much. Whether that's general day to day stresses or something more serious like a death, we're all human and to some degree we've all been there. Most of the time we can muddle through and weather the storm but sometimes we need a little extra help to understand our emotional responses or our feelings towards life or people. Sometimes it may be hard to see a way out or things are just not changing.

That's where counselling comes in.

Spending some time with a counsellor can help you to navigate the often confusing and choppy waters of life. Counselling is about having some time JUST FOR YOU where you can share your story and experiences in a way that can be very rare in life. As a professional counsellor, I am trained to really listen to you, to not judge you, to be your equal, to allow you to be you or to help you understand who 'you' really are.

Counselling is different for everyone because no two people are the same.

  • Some people simply need to be heard and understood.
  • Others might want to challenge and learn more about themselves to gain deeper levels of self awareness.

It's really up to you. That's the beauty of counselling, it is driven by your intention and no one else’s.

For many people, counselling can be a very nourishing and liberating experience, sometimes even life changing... but you have to be ready - you have to make the decision for yourself and it can be a tough one. All I can say is that I am a very easy person to talk to and many people have said that they feel very comfortable around me due to my still and grounded nature.

I believe strongly in providing a confidential space for my clients as I think that it helps to know that what ever you tell me (with a few exceptions) will not leave the four walls of the counselling room.

A bit about me:

I am fully trained, qualified and insured. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I've been counselling in Exeter for 5 years now. I run a successful private practice on Southernhay East and have spent several years working part time in a secondary school providing emotional and behavioural support to students aged 11 - 16.

In my private practice, I work with adults, couples and young people from the age of 16.

I'm real, mindful and speak the truth whilst being gentle and compassionate. I enjoy the theatre, philosophy and have huge respect for nature. I am also a keen movie buff. I love to laugh and find that humour can be really helpful in therapy.

A message from a previous client:

"Matt was an extremely caring and supportive counsellor,
who helped me through some challenging times. He also helped
immeasurably, in a way no-one has before, with some life-long
family issues, which will benefit me and my relationship with a
family member for years to come. I wish him every success!"

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications are:

  • Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling. BACP Accredited
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies. CPCAB
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills. CPCAB
  • Certificate in couple & relationship therapy
  • Post Qualifying Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy

I gained my Advanced Diploma at the Iron Mill Institute in Exeter. The Iron Mill offer a very high standard of training and work closely with the BACP of which I am an registered member.

I also have experience working with young people in a secondary school setting where I work primarily with teenagers that have emotional and behavioral difficulties. I have a very good understanding of attachment disorder, a condition that can lead to anxiety, depression, being withdrawn, difficulty making friends, difficulty forming relationships with adults or peers, violent or antisocial behavior and many others

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

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Individuals - Day time £50

Individuals -Evening (from 5pm) £55

Couples - Day time £55

Couples - Evening (from 5pm) £60

I have a limited number of day time appointments at a lower rate available for those that can not afford the full amount, please ask for more information.

Further information

Parking can be found on Southernhay, Broadwalk Car Park or Magdalen Road Car Park

I have experience working with teenagers in a secondary school setting that are struggling with confidence, self esteem, family issues, bereavement, mental health issues, anger and more. I am a qualified Thrive practitioner.

2nd Floor
23 Southernhay East

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I offer appointments all week from Monday through to Friday with some evenings available Please get in touch with any queries

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Matt Ridley, Adv Dip Couns, Registered MBACP.

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