Niki Ridgley, FDA Integrative Counselling; Registered MBACP (Accred); BA (hons)
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with experience of working with both adults, young people and couples. My personal style is warm and empathic and I provide a safe, confidential and non judgemental environment in which you can explore any issues that are causing you concern or preventing you from living life in the way you want to. I have experience working as a counsellor within several well respected Agencies, in settings including GP's Surgeries and a Sixth Form College. I am also a trained drugs and alcohol counsellor and work for Catalyst, (formerly known as SADAS), an addiction counselling service, on a voluntary basis. My private practice is located in Dorking, within easy reach of Leatherhead, Reigate and Crawley and has free off road parking.
I am able to work with you at your own pace, on an open ended basis, or for a shorter time period which we can agree together. My aim is to enable you to find ways to manage any issues or concerns you may be experiencing, no matter how big or small, so that you can live your life more fully.
As each of us is different and unique, I will work with your individual needs by offering an "integrative" approach, using a range of different therapeutic tools to suit you. My therapeutic approach is based on Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Transpersonal theory, and I also use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques when I feel it will be helpful.
HOW COUNSELLING CAN HELP
From time to time everyone has difficulties, whether due to relationship or family issues, grieving and loss, or work/employment related stress for example. I believe that life events, as well as childhood experiences can affect people's emotional well being and health. Sometimes we all feel overwhelmed with difficult feelings such as anxiety, low mood, or loneliness. By offering a safe and confidential environment, counselling can help you to explore these issues and develop your inner strength to enable you to move towards a more positive outcome. I strongly believe that we all have the capacity to achieve our unique potential and fulfillment, and that counselling can support people to find their own answers and way forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling (Greenwich University)
NCFE Certificates in Counselling Skills and Theory (Guildford College)
BA Hons Degree in English (Leeds University)
Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources (Leeds Metropolitan University)
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist (Registered MBACP (Accred)).
I am experienced in helping adults and young people who are experiencing difficulties with:
Relationship issues/breakdown; Anxiety; depression; panic attacks; bereavement and loss issues; work, career and employment issues including redundancy/unemployment; stress; anger; alcohol/drug issues including addiction; family issues; self esteem; bullying; amongst others.
I am a volunteer drug and alcohol addictions counsellor for Catalyst, (formerly known as SAdAS), and have had extensive training in this field.
I have also had Continued Professional Development (CPD) training in mindfulness; solution focused brief therapy; bereavement; eating disorders; suicide & self harm; post natal depression; creative methods in counselling; adolescence and young people's issues; amongst others.
I have worked as a counsellor for The Youth Counselling Service and have training and experience of working with adolescents and young people.
I receive regular supervision with an experienced professional, in line with BACP requirements, which helps me to develop and reflect upon my counselling practice so that I am able to deliver the best service I can to my clients.
In addition to my counselling experience I have had other valuable work and life experience. For example, I worked for a number of years at the Citizen's Advice Bureau in Dorking as an Adviser, helping people with issues such as relationship breakdown, employment, debt, benefits and housing.
I have also worked for Familyline, a telephone listening service for people with family and relationship problems, including divorce/separation, teenagers and young people's issues, parenting, step-parenting etc.
In my previous career, I worked in HR and training for several years. This means I am able to work effectively with clients who are going through difficulties at work such as stress, burn out, bullying, or career change, etc.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Humanistic therapies
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I charge £50 per 50 minute session for individuals; and £80 per 60 minute session for couples.
I offer sessions on weekdays, during the daytime and some early evenings.
When I receive your phone or email contact, we can arrange an initial "taster" session, which would last for up to 60 minutes. Here, we can discuss what has brought you to counselling, and how best we can work together. At this session I will be able to answer any questions you may have about counselling.
If you decide to go ahead with counselling sessions, we will decide together a suitable time slot which will be available for you on a weekly basis for as long as appropriate for you. Initially it is helpful to have 6 sessions, in order to establish the therapeutic relationship, and then review how you feel about continuing. From this basis, the number of weeks counselling will depend on your individual needs. We will agree this between ourselves and keep it under review as our work progresses.
Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes and are held weekly, usually at the same time each week.
Please feel free to contact me by:
Telephone: 07980 354495
I am happy to discuss things informally over the phone if you wish, before arranging an appointment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work on weekdays
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|