Becky Ridgewell

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Harlow CM18 & Cambridge CB1
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About me

Hello and a warm welcome to my profile!

I am a compassionate, energetic, active listener who is curious to hear your story. I bring empathy and non-judgement into the therapy space and will gently challenge self-limiting beliefs and blocks that might be stopping you from achieving and living your best life.

I believe we all hold the key to our own wellbeing and that it's never too late to change old habits that no longer serve us. I enjoy facilitating change and witnessing the shift from thoughts of helplessness towards a more empowered way of being.

Are you struggling to connect with others? 

Do you feel stressed, anxious or restless?

Is it hard to switch off?

Do you ask yourself existential questions and struggle to find meaning in your life?

Is it sometimes hard to say 'no' or difficult to speak your truth?

Have you experienced loss but feel unable to grieve or move on?

Having lived experience of struggling with much that life can throw our way, I have used therapy, mindfulness and time in nature to come to a more connected and calmer place.

I try to have balance in my life - making time to explore personal interests alongside my therapeutic work. I enjoy being in nature, growing my own veggies, walking and have a well established mindfulness practice that allows me to be present even in the stormiest of moments.

I also enjoy creative writing, the arts and dancing. I frequently bring this creative zeal into the kitchen with mixed results - I am happy to model imperfection and culinary mishaps to those around me!

The Way I Work

In your first session we will evaluate where you are right now and then work together to identify goals or areas you wish to work on. These can be reviewed periodically during the sessions. 

The therapy session can be a safe, warm, confidential space where you can be heard and explore difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We might explore how to break certain behaviour patterns. We might also explore self care techniques or ways for you to reconnect to what gives you joy, your values or purpose.

If you decide to work with me in counselling the sessions are fifty minutes long and take place weekly. Commitment to the process is an important part of counselling, so please check in with your self if this is the right time to be embarking on what can be a bumpy but also rewarding journey. I will sometimes, gently and kindly, challenge you, if we spot some avoidance or other self sabotaging behaviours that might arise in the therapy. You might be given take home tasks - things to try out or new ways to communicate in between sessions, for example.

As well as working with adults and couples I also work with children and young people - I partner with schools to deliver therapy and mindfulness to children and young people within school settings and after school.

I also currently work with students who have one or more disability or neuro-diversity at Cambridge University to enable them to get the best out of their time at uni. I can bring this experience of working with issues around the transition from home life to university life into therapeutic sessions with young people when appropriate.

The model I use to work therapeutically is integrative - this means I integrate Person Centred and Psychodynamic Approaches along with trauma informed practice, models of grief therapy, aspects of CBT and somatic therapy to offer clients a holistic and bespoke therapy experience, tailored to their needs. I use present moment awareness to stay present and grounded during sessions, I am committed to offering the core conditions (empathy, congruence and acceptance) to each client I meet. I offer sessions in-person or online. I have extensive experience gained within the charity and public sector of delivering 1-2-1 counselling, early interventions and group work.

Get in Touch

If you have read this far you might be considering making contact - I understand this can be a difficult step to make and so will welcome your enquiry. We can arrange a free 15 minute conversation to see if my way of working might feel a good fit for you.  From there we can work out how to move forward if you decide to take up counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • 4+ years working as a Psychological Therapist in third sector
  • Place to Be Training and Placement (counselling children in Schools)
  • Bereavement Counsellor at St Joseph's Hospice, London
  • Certificate in EMDR
  • Certificate in Sex and Couple's Therapy
  • Certificate in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Living Course
  • Certificate in Qigong for Health
  • Additional training in: Sand Tray and Creative Approaches, Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Working with Interpreters, Working with neuro-diversity, Somatic Approaches, Mindfulness for OCD, Internal Family Systems and Parts Work, Solution Focused Therapy and CBT.

Other Experience Includes:

  • Working in Adult and Community Education as a lecturer
  • Working at Cambridge University as a mentor
  • Working in the Charity Sector as a Coordinator
  • Facilitating Retreat Days
  • Travelling and working abroad 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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
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£60.00 - £80.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Concessionary Rates available - I also offer a 15 minute telephone session to see if my way of working is suitable for you. Email me to ask about accessing concessionary rates and to arrange an initial conversation.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Other times available - please contact to enquire

Further information

As well as being a registered BACP Counsellor I am also a mindfulness teacher (registered with BAMBA) and practitioner and have also trained in using Qigong therapeutically. I can bring this into therapeutic work if you feel this may be useful to you in your therapeutic journey.

Harlow, Essex, CM18

Quaker Meeting House, 91-93 Hartington Grove, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 7UB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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My therapy room in Harlow is fully wheelchair accessible.

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Becky Ridgewell
Becky Ridgewell