Ruth Cocksedge

Ruth Cocksedge


Anstey Hall Courtyard
Maris Lane

07973 284907 / 07973 284907

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Anstey Hall Courtyard
Maris Lane

07973 284907 / 07973 284907

About me

Ruth's background and experience
Ruth has over 25 years experience as a psychologist and mental health nurse in the NHS, and as senior lecturer in higher education. She has extensive experience in psychology, psychological therapy, mental health, training and supervision. She works as a psychologist, CBT therapist, lecturer, supervisor and examiner in the public, private and academic sectors.

Ruth is highly specialist in cognitive behaviour therapy, and able to assist clients to identify the nature of their problems, whether these are clinical, and if CBT therapy or coaching will be helpful. She is also trained in person-centred counselling, and in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and integrates knowledge and skills from these therapeutic approaches into her practice. She has a specialist interest in working with long-term depression and long-term physical health conditions. She has experience of working with people who have had previous unsuccessful psychological interventions, with health professionals who need psychological help. She is developing a CBT coaching practice, and mindfulness as a personal practice and an intervention. She can provide consultations, sometimes known as assessments, to make recommendations and facilitate choices about psychological therapies.

Problems Ruth can help with
Ruth is very experienced in helping people with mood problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, and emotion regulation difficulties, including disordered eating. In terms of anxiety problems, she can help with specific phobias such as driving phobia and fear of public speaking, post traumatic stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, health anxiety, social anxiety and clinical perfectionism. Ruth has experience of working with military personnel and veterans.

A positive, practical and skilful approach to working with you
Ruth takes a collaborative and appreciative approach to CBT, drawing on new research findings in positive psychology and compassion, to work with the strengths and resources available to both the client and the therapist. Feedback from clients, trainees and supervisees supports that she has exceptional skills in establishing effective interpersonal relationships that are the bedrock of the practice of evidence based psychological therapies.

Research experience
Ruth’s recent research experience has involved collaborating as local investigator on an international study with the University of Southampton, the University of Surrey and London Southbank University in a feasibility study to test a novel adjunct to CBT for depression, known as Resilience Training. The international collaborator was Dr Christine Padesky.

Other services Ruth can offer
Ruth has been providing individual and group clinical supervision to experienced and trainee counsellors, CBT psychotherapists, counselling psychologists, and mental health nurses for over 20 years. She offers clinical supervision as part of her independent practice, with concessionary rates for trainees. Ruth can provide wellbeing workshops on resilience, self esteem, understanding and managing emotion, communication and compassion, as well as training in cognitive behavior therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

Academic Qualifications

BA(Hons) Psychology and Religious Studies (Lancaster)

MSc in Psychological Counselling (University of Surrey/Roehampton Institute)

PGDip in Evidence Based Psychological Treatment (CBT) (Reading)

Advanced training in CBT clinical supervision and training (Oxford)

Professional Memberships

British Psychological Society: Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow

Health and Care Professions Council: Registered Psychologist

British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists: Accredited CBT Psychotherapist

Nursing and Midwifery Council: Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

Higher Education Academy: Fellow

Ruth’s registration details can be verified on these websites:





Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



£90 daytime
£110 evenings and weekends

Further information

Ruth holds a part time appointment with the Defence Clinical Psychology Service, and has experience with providing psychological therapy for serving military personnel and veterans, including complex trauma presentations.

Maps & Directions

Cambridge, CB25
Cambridge, CB2 9LG

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Mondays 9-3 Thursday 1-7pm Weekends by arrangement

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Ruth has been supervising counsellors, MH nurses, counselling and clinical Psychologists and CBT therapists for over two decades in NHS settings and higher education.

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