Counselling with
Barbara Riddell

Counselling in 

Chessington & Surbiton

07906 576167

Are you stressed? Anxious? Depressed?

Experienced counsellor Barbara Riddell

What's worrying you?

Does life feel like one struggle after another?  There's no need to suffer alone.  

My aim is to make you feel safe, heard and understood.  I will listen to you in a warm and non-judgemental way and work with you to make life better for you. 

I know it's a big step to come to counselling, so we can have a chat on the phone first to get to know each other.  

Issues I can help with include:

  • Addictions 
  • Anger management 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Low self esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Childhood trauma

I am a qualified, experienced counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and I abide by their Code of Ethics.  

Contact me for a free confidential chat:

t:  07906 576167


I promise I will get back to you!

Do you want to feel happier?


I work in Chessington & Surbiton.

Chessington - The Surrey Centre for Natural Health, 9a Mansfield Road, Chessington, KT9 2PJ.  Just 10 mins from Chessington North station, on bus routes 71  and K4.  Parking on street is free.  

Surbiton - 96 Ditton Road, Surbiton KT6 6RH.  Free parking in road opposite.  Near to 71 bus route. 



  • Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm
  • Weekends by arrangement


  • Tuesday mornings, 8am to 10am
  • Wednesday evenings, 5pm to 7pm

How much?

Counselling costs:

  • £40 (8am to 6pm weekdays) 
  • £45 (after 6pm & weekends)

How do I pay?

I accept payments in cash, BACS, chip, pin and contactless as well as all  major debit and credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Apple Pay, GPay, etc.


How many sessions will I need?

This depends on how complex the issues are that you're facing. Many people find an improvement in 6 to 12 sessions. 

How long is a counselling session?

Each session is 50 minutes.  You usually come on the same day and at the same time.

What's the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Generally speaking counsellors see people for a shorter time than psychotherapists, who may see clients for many months, sometimes years.

Can you read my mind?

No!  People sometimes think counsellors can read minds.  We can't!  Counsellors encourage you to talk openly about your worries, fears and concerns.  They don't offer advice, but instead will help you to gain a better understanding of yourself so that you have a happier life.

I don't have much money, can you help?

I know it can be hard to afford private counselling, so I do offer reduced fees for people on low incomes (eg unemployed, students, retired).  Please contact me to discuss your situation.

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About Me

Professional training & qualifications

  • Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 NVQ in Health & Social Care (specialising in Substance Misuse) 
  • Level 3 in Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 in Counselling Skills
  • Master's Degree in Cultural Studies
  • First Class BA (Hons) degree in Contemporary Cultural Studies

Why I became a Counsellor

I spent over 20 years in the fast-paced world of Public Relations and Journalism, working in London PR consultancies.  Eventually I burnt out and took a career break to study for a university degree.  I then worked in mental health, setting up and running a number of service user groups in mental health and addictions.  I have also worked as a tutor at the University of Surrey.   My own mental health issues led me to receiving many years of therapy.  It was this that sparked my interest in training to be a counsellor.