Allison Ridley

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Allison Ridley

Allison has worked in the NHS as a consultant psychologist.  She specialised in the field of Adult Mental Health and gained extensive experience in tackling a range of difficulties, including treating the effects of trauma.

After 30 years of working in the NHS Allison moved into independent practice.

Allison is both a qualified clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. She has also completed specialist post qualification training in CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) & and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing).

Clinical psychology involves working with individuals across the lifespan utilising a range of psychological approaches, in particular, CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy).  CBT therapy is a treatment which focuses on how our thoughts, beliefs and attitudes are interconnected and affect our feelings and behaviour. It is considered helpful for a range of conditions such as OCD or health anxiety.

Alongside working as a clinical psychologist, Allison spent 7 years training as a group analytic psychotherapist.  Group analytic psychotherapy integrates psychoanalytical and social psychological perspectives, recognising that we exist within the context of groups, whether family or other groups, including the wider community.  Training focuses on therapy in both individual and group settings – this approach can be helpful in both.

CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) is an integrative therapy, including integrating CBT and psychoanalytic approaches. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing).  is a therapy which was developed to help people deal with the symptoms and emotional distress which are associated with traumatic or disturbing life experiences. 

You may be considering therapy to address specific difficulties such as depression, the impact of trauma, or difficulties in relationships with others, or you may have a wish for personal growth.   Allison considers that her training & experience allow her to adopt and integrate different approaches in a way that may best suit the needs of each individual.  Further, she recognises the therapeutic relationship an essential element of therapy, creating a safe space where therapist and client can work collaboratively & with compassion to gain an understanding of matters & work to achieve change.

Allison offers a free 20 minute phone consultation as an opportunity to discuss what you are hoping to gain from therapy and whether it is considered that her approach may be helpful to you, how you may work together.   


  • Phil Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh (1990-1992)

  • Group Analyst, Institute of Group Analysis (2006-2013)

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT) (1996-1998)

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) EMDR Works (2014-2015)

  • MA (Hons), Psychology, University of Edinburgh (1983- 1987)

Professional Registrations and Memberships

  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

  • Chartered Member of British Psychological Association (BPS)

  • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)


  • Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT)

  • Institute of Group Analysis (IGA)