I work as a counsellor, psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and coach. I work with individuals, couples and groups.
I work in a Totnes, and a beautiful location close to Newton Abbot, Teignmouth and Torquay. I can arrange to see clients with mobility problems.
I also work with organisations as a consultant, supervisor mediator, mentor and coach.
I have many years experience working in this field and wider experience of working in health and social care services as both a practitioner and manager.
I am passionate about individuals and organisations developing the capacity to achieve their full potential.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Hons Psychology
MA Social Work
Diploma in Social Work
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Diploma in Supervision
Foundation in Group Analysis
Four plus years advanced training in Integrative Psychotherapy
Post graduate diploma training in couples counselling
Post Graduate training in Organisational Development and Executive Coaching
School of Living Movement Instructor
I have extensive training in Integrative Sandplay Therapy and Therapeutic Art.
Experience across a wide range of services and settings including drug and alcohol, probation, addiction, mental health, hospice, third sector organisations and private practice for nearly 20 years..
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- relationship and intimacy difficulties
- couples counselling
- a loss of desire
- sexual abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse
- stress, anxiety, depression
- chronic health conditions
- deep unhappiness
- trauma and PTSD
- life transitions
- bereavement and loss
- child raising issues
- addictions: drugs, alcohol gambling, sex etc
- eating problems
- aggression and anger
- gender and sexuality
- medically unexplained symptoms
- spiritual crisis
- crisis of identity, meaning, isolation, fear of death
- personal growth
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
Individuals: £50 for a 50 minute session (some concessionary spaces available)
Couples: £100 for a 1 hour and 20 minutes session
Supervision: £50 - £60 for a 50 minute session
I offer a limited number of places with a significant concession. Do contact me to discuss this.
Organisations - please enquire
Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Ruth works in Totnes and a venue close to Newton Abbot, Teignmouth and Torquay.
People come for psychotherapy and counselling for a number of reasons.
Many people attend when life has become unbearable or in response to a crisis. They need support in making new decisions in finding different ways of living. They may simply be looking for a way of getting to know themselves better.
The role of the counsellor and psychotherapist is to help a person work to gain a fresh perspective and enable them to live a more fulfilled and positive life.
Counselling and psychotherapy are similar in approach. Counselling is generally concerned with working through day to day issues which are of a more conscious nature. These issues are worked with in a sensitive, compassionate and non judgemental way.
Counselling contracts tend to be shorter term.
Psychotherapy is more concerned with getting under the surface of the problem or issues. It is concerned with a deeper transformation. People often present when they are feeling ‘stuck’ in a familiar pattern of thinking, feeling or behaviour. It may be the person does not know what is troubling them, but they are aware something is wrong. The work is often an exploratory process to support the person in finding new insights into their lives.
Psychotherapy contracts tend to be longer term and work at greater depth.
A good therapeutic outcome will always depend upon the quality of the relationship between the therapist and client.
Relationship and couples work
I believe that our most intimate relationships have the power to enable us to achieve our greatest potential. Yet they present us with the some of the most challenging aspects of ourselves and others. Society does little to support the transition from falling romantically in love, to a fulfilling life long relationship. Throw in children, infertility, life’s ups and downs and it often seems simpler to live alone. Sexual appetites and desires change over time in relationships. These can be difficult to make sense of and can often feel threatening and hard to resolve. We need to understand ourselves and our partners in these relationships. From there we can learn to transform our relationships.
It is my observation that we repeat negative patterns of relating in relationships. Couples work is an opportunity to do something different to look at these patterns and gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and our partners. Even if the result is separation to have deeper understanding of these processes is beneficial and often crucial if children are involved.
Couples often present when feelings of goodwill have gone out of the relationship, things are feeling desperate and separation seems to be the only option. This can be as a result of stuck repetitive patterns, lack of mutual support, feelings of isolation in the relationship, a loss of desire, issues of intimacy, sexual problems, betrayal and general life events.
Some couples also look for a forum for support when they are considering making a deeper commitment towards e.g living together, marriage, civil partnerships, having children. The time can be used to explore concerns and fears which arise from these steps.
Part of my task as a therapist is to support the re-engagement of each person with each other with the intention of finding a new way forwards.
Ruth works with people in both straight and gay relationships.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Appointments available during working day, some evenings and occasional Saturday.
Supervision & training
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Supervision. I have many years experience as a supervisor working in a number of settings including, NHS, Occupational Health, Hospice Teams, Therapeutic Theatre Groups, Rape Crisis, Drug and Alcohol Services, Young People Services, Mental Health Services, Equine Assisted Therapy as well as a number of psychotherapists, counsellors and coaches in private practice.View supervision profile