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About me

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am offering all appointments via Telephone, Skype or Zoom. Knowing the support you need is available, in these uncertain times is vital.

I am a qualified Psychotherapist, trained in Person-Centered Counselling and Transactional Analysis (TA). I began my career as a psychotherapist as a result of experiencing, first-hand the impact of being able to confide in and trust somebody, and the powerful effect this can have on your emotional well-being and ability to overcome life’s many challenges.

Talking about emotionally painful situations can be frightening, intimidating and overwhelming. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for us to explore those feelings, talk about them, giving you the opportunity to be heard. During therapy, we will work together to understand your authentic self and learn new coping mechanisms for a more fulfilled and happier life. My goal is to encourage you to become more insightful and aware of how you think, believe and behave which will consequently affect positive change.

As a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I uphold their Ethical Framework for Counselling Professionals and will always work to the highest professional standard. I have private indemnity insurance and hold a current Disclosure Barring Certificate.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Member of BACP

Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, Academic Level 7

Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Transactional Analysis speciality)

IAPT Couples Practitioner

I receive regular Supervision and attend continued professional development (CPD) training and workshops.


I am passionate and dedicated about my work and have many years of experience supporting people with their difficulties working with the NHS, Charitable Organisations, Schools, Addiction Centres, Voluntary and Private Practice.

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

  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

From £45 per hour


Weekdays from 8am until 8pm and weekends

Further information

Taking the first step

Finding the right therapist for you is fundamental. Why not call, email or text me and I will contact you back to have a brief introductory chat for you to ask any questions you may have, to set up an initial session; giving you the chance to talk about what you want to get out of counselling, if your happy to continue we will set up a second session and will arrange them weekly/ fortnightly to suit your specific requirements. Please don't worry if you are unsure of what you want to talk about, that is for us to work out together.

I offer the flexibility of daytime, evening and weekend appointments.



Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

I offer Face to Face, Telephone, Skype and Zoom sessions


Philippa Ridley, Qualified Psychotherapist MBACP

Philippa Ridley, Qualified Psychotherapist MBACP