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About me

I qualified to practice as a counsellor in 1993 and I have over 20 years experience of working in that role, mainly in the NHS. I have a wide range of experience in counselling, training and supervision. I really believe that counselling can help you by giving you a place to explore your concerns and worries, in a safe, trusting environment.

I'm here to support you so that you can make change happen.  I'm committed to my clients and the counselling process.

Who I work with I work with clients with depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss issues, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, relationship difficulties, stress, bullying, low self-confidence and low self-esteem and health related issues. I aim to be understanding, non-judgmental and down to earth. 

The counselling session is your time to discuss what you want to, in your own way. It provides the space for us to develop a strong therapeutic relationship that can become the foundation for change as we work together.

I now have my own private counselling practice.  Previously, I worked for 18 years in the NHS in GP surgeries, in a college (as a student/staff counsellor) and for a local community centre. I have taught on counselling courses and written published articles in counselling journals.

I have a PhD in counselling and come from a professional nursing background, both general and mental health (RGN and RMN).

I'm a Senior Accredited Member of BACP and fully qualified as a supervisor for other counsellors.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Counselling - Manchester Metropolitan University - 1993.

PhD Counselling - Manchester Metropolitan University - 1997.

Diploma in Counselling Supervision - Person-Centred Counselling Services - 2000.

Registered General Nursing - 1988.

Registered Mental Nursing - 1990.

Counsellor (including teaching), City College Manchester, 1995-1999

Counsellor, Boundary House Medical Centre, Sale, 1993-1999

Senior Counsellor, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Trust, 1999-June 2011.

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

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
  • Person-centred therapy


I charge between £40 and £55.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Further information

My counselling room is just off Oxford Road in central Manchester.

8 Lower Ormond Street
Greater Manchester

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I have 27 years experience of working as a counsellor and 20 as a supervisor.  I am a person-centred supervisor and offer supportive and non-judgmental supervision.

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Dr Susan Ridge PhD MBACP (Snr.Accred.)

Dr Susan Ridge PhD MBACP (Snr.Accred.)