Ruth Guile, Adv. Dip., MBACP
Counselling For Growth
Why come to Counselling?
We have within ourselves the ability to grow and change with our environment. We flourish in favourable conditions and we are slowed down by difficulties and stresses along the way. We adapt to what we face and sometimes through painful and complicated times we lose a sense of confidence in ourselves and who we are and need someone to be with us so that we can identify for ourselves how to grow and how we want to come to terms with the things we cannot change.
As a qualified Integrative counsellor, I can offer a safe space to help you to look at and better understand the difficulties you face and what is stopping you from flourishing so that you can choose how you want to continue with your life and your growth.
How does Counselling begin?
We would have a free initial meeting so that we can see how we feel about working together. In this session, you can ask me anything you would like to know about the counselling I offer and I will ask you about yourself, your relationships and what brings you to counselling at this time.
How do we work together?
If you choose to continue with further regular weekly sessions I will offer a calm and safe place to look at whatever it is you want to bring on that day. The time is yours to look at how you feel and to give yourself the opportunity to have your own care and attention. We will work together to build a safe trusting relationship so that you feel you can look at your worries and anxieties in the way you want to approach them. We can work at your pace on any area of your life that feels important to you at that time. This may be related to family, work, finances, life stages and friends. It could cover issues such as bereavement and loss, anxiety, depression, abuse, low self-image, anger, despair, trauma, difficulties from the past, periods of transition and change, or unhelpful patterns of behaviour.
How does Counselling help?
My training is in Integrative Counselling and I can offer you a range of therapeutic approaches that suit your needs and your personality.
I believe that the relationship between the client and the counsellor is the source of change which enables growth. Counselling is a safe and wonderful way of exploring who you are, what is important to you at this time and your own unique way of being.
There are two areas in which I can help as a counsellor:
- Identifying what is going on for you so that you can see it and understand it clearly in your own terms.
- Identifying how we can work together in the most suitable and appropriate way for you to support growth and change.
I offer open-ended therapy, or brief, solution focused counselling. How long we work together will be your choice depending on what you want from counselling at this time.
Where does counselling take place?
Our sessions take place in a private space . It is a quiet, ground floor space with easy access overlooking a peaceful garden. There is ample free parking immediately outside. It is a 15-minute walk to the station and the 700 bus stops close by.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate of Proficiency - the BACP accredited voluntary register
- Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Northbrook College)
- Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training (Change, Grow, Live)
- Transactional Analysis TA 101
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (Northbrook College)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Manchester Metropolitan University)
- BA Hons. Degree (University of Leicester)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Each session is for 50 minutes . I offer a free initial assessment session of 50 mins and this is an opportunity to spend time together and for you to decide whether you feel you would be comfortable working with me.
My guideline fee is £40 per session , this is negotiable. I am usually able to offer concessionary rates if you are low waged or a student .
I am also able to offer telephone sessions.
I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, if you cancel your session less than 24 hours ahead the full fee would be payable.
Payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
My Continuing Professional Development is in the areas of:
Counselling around Mental Health and Physical Well Being
Working with Body Story Lines
Trauma and the Body
- Trauma and Substance Abuse
Counselling around Attachment Styles from our Early Childhood
- Attachment in Substance Counselling
- Attachment as a Therapeutic Modality
Working Creatively in the Counselling Room
- Using the Sand Tray in Counselling
- Integration of the Two Parts of the Self
- Painting from the Heart
- Exploring the Inner Image
- Working with Dreams
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer appointments during the day or evening.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|