About me

I am a BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with experience of working with 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 worked for Catalyst, (formerly known as SADAS), an addiction counselling service, with all types of addiction, including gambling and gaming. I ran a friends and family group in Dorking offering copping strategies for people affected by the addictive behaviours of their loved ones. I am a trained volunteer for East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service and am trained to deliver the Freedom Programme for survivors of domestic abuse. My private practice is located in Dorking, within easy reach of Leatherhead, Reigate and Crawley and has free off road parking. I also offer telephone and Online counselling session for individuals.

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. I also have training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and may use CBT tools and techniques when I feel it will be helpful.

From time to time everyone has difficulties which affect their mental wellbeing, whether due to relationship or family issues, loss of a loved one, changes beyond our control, or work/employment related stress for example. Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed with difficult feelings and thoughts; or become stuck in unhealthy relationships, or patterns of beliefs and behaviour which can affect our emotional wellbeing and health. I believe that life events, and especially childhood experiences, also profoundly affect us, sometimes unhelpfully,  and influence our choices as we go through life. Counselling enables a confidential and safe environment for you explore any issues which are causing concern or distress,  helping you to develop your own inner strength and resources, and allowing you to find more helpful coping strategies for the curveballs life sometimes throws at us. You may find different and more helpful ways of thinking, and develop fresh insights into aspects of your life, which enable you to process your emotions and feelings. I believe we all have the capacity to fulfil our unique potential, and for me it is a privilege work with people and support them to find their own answers, and discover ways forward that work best for them as individuals.

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 a wide range of difficulties, including:

Relationship issues; anxiety; depression; bereavement; stress/burnout; anger; alcohol/drug issues; family issues; self esteem; bullying; childhood issues; domestic abuse; identity issues.


I am trained as a Freedom Programme Facilitator, through East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service, helping people experiencing or recovering from domestic abuse.
I have worked as a drug and alcohol addictions counsellor and Assessor for Catalyst, (formerly known as SAdAS), and have had extensive training in this field. 
I have also had Continued Professional Development (CPD) training in Couples counselling, Relationship counselling; 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

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Additional information

I am currently offering online or telephone counselling due to the pandemic, (on Zoom and What's App video).

Online and telephone individual sessions are £50 (50 minutes)

Couples Counselling is £80 per session (60 minutes)


I work on weekdays, latest appointment 5.30pm.

I am currently available for Telephone and online counselling for individuals.

Further information

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:

email: niki.ridgley@btinternet.com
Telephone: 07980 354495

I am happy to discuss things informally over the phone if you wish, before arranging an appointment.


Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

There is parking on the driveway outside my premises