G. Ruth Kidson M.Sc., M.B., B.S., MBACP (Accredited)

G. Ruth Kidson M.Sc., M.B., B.S., MBACP (Accredited)

East Sussex

01273 307787

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East Sussex

01273 307787

About me

I am an experienced counsellor, medical hypnotherapist and supervisor working in Saltdean, East Sussex.

I work in a humanistic way and my practice is based on the ‘core conditions’ of person-centred counselling which means that I accept you for who you are, without judging you.  I believe whole-heartedly in the person-centred idea that each one of us has the ability to 'grow towards the light', and to develop and reach our potential.

The relationship between therapist and client is very important because it has been shown that the better the relationship the more likely the therapy is to be successful. You need to be able to feel that you can trust your therapist and it is important to find the right therapist for you.  For this reason, I offer an initial consultation for £10, so that we can meet and you can see if you would like to work with me.

Seeing a counsellor is not like seeing a doctor because the counsellor is not the "expert" in the counselling experience.  The only ‘expert’ in the room is you - because you’re the person who knows yourself best. 

While the person-centred approach forms the basis of how I work, I also use art therapy and elements of TA and gestalt when appropriate. However, I believe it is up to you, the client, to lead the therapy - to regulate the pace at which progress is made and to accept or refuse methods of working that I offer.  I also believe that the decision about what to focus on in any session should be yours and I will never try to persuade you to talk about something you are not ready or not willing to talk about.  My aim is to allow you to travel your own road, while I provide support along the way, so that you can be helped to find a solution to your problems.

I work in a strictly ethical way (as laid down in the BACP Code of Ethics) for the benefit and safety of my clients.  To conform with this code, I see a supervisor on a regular basis to discuss my client work.  (Client anonymity is strictly preserved in supervision.)

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics.  I have full professional insurance.

Before I trained as a counsellor, I was a doctor and have worked in several areas of medicine including general practice, women’s health and paediatrics..  I am  interested in complementary therapies and am the author of several books on subjects including hypnotherapy, acupuncture and the treatment of insomnia.

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Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked as a counsellor within an NHS general practice, seeing clients with a wide range of problems. I have also worked for an agency offering counselling to women and another agency offering counselling to male survivors of childhood sexual abuse or rape.

I work with individual clients on a short- or long-term basis and have experience of working on a wide range of issues including:

  • abuse and trauma
  • anxiety
  • bereavement and loss
  • depression
  • disability and medical-related issues
  • low self confidence
  • low self esteem
  • major life changes
  • sexuality problems
  • stress and work issues

I have experience of working with all age groups from students to the elderly and with people of different ethnicities and sexual orientation.

Training & qualifications:

  • M.B., B.S. - St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London
  • M.Sc. in Social Medicine - London University
  • Certificate in Nutrition Therapy - Institute for Optimum Nutrition
  • Introductory, intermediate & advanced courses in medical hypnosis - British Association for Medical and Dental Hypnosis
  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - West Kent College
  • Diploma in Supervision - the Link Centre

I have undertaken additional training in subjects including:

  • working with survivors of sexual abuse and rape
  • working with PTSD
  • working creatively with a sandtray
  • working with problems dating back to childhood
  • understanding eating disorders

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Photos & videos

  • Ruth Kidson, integrative counsellor


All sessions are 50 minutes long and will usually be at the same time on the same day each week.

The charge for the introductory session is £10
For subsequent sessions, I charge £40 but can offer a discount to clients for whom this is unaffordable.

My fees for supervision are £35 for qualified counsellors and £30 for counselling students.

Further information

I work in Saltdean. There is free on-street parking and the no. 27 bus from Brighton passes the door. It is an easy walk from the no. 47 bus stop.

The number of sessions required varies widely from client to client.  Some may need only a few, but for long-standing or deep-rooted problems, a longer period of therapy may be needed. Because there are no hard and fast rules about how many sessions any one client will need, I will review your progress with you on a regular basis

Maps & Directions

Saltdean, BN2

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Supervision & training

I have a Diploma in Supervision from the Link Centre and I have experience of supervising both individuals and groups, although I can only accommodate individual supervisees in my own therapy room.  However, I am willing to travel to supervise groups.  I charge £35 for qualified counsellors and £30 for counselling students.  Group rates are negotiable.

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