Ruth Murtagh- Relationship Counselling for Couples and Individuals: MA , MBCAP

Ruth Murtagh- Relationship Counselling for Couples and Individuals:  MA , MBCAP

West Yorkshire

07936 705515

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West Yorkshire

07936 705515

About me


All the best in your search for a counsellor.

Hello, I’m Ruth.

If you’re reading this, you may be feeling unhappy or wanting your relationship to be different.

You may be in a couple, wondering if you can rediscover the love you once had with your partner, or to find a different way forward.

You may be an individual, trying to cope with the loss of a relationship, or wanting to be able to find lasting love.

Perhaps there are relationships with your children or wider family, with friends or at work that upset you; or you are unhappy with your own behaviour.

If you long for a healthy relationship that doesn’t leave you feeling hurt, you are not alone. Many individuals and couples struggle with difficulties which can bring pain: leaving them feeling exhausted and stressed. After all, we’re not given a relationship manual when we’re born.

Here are some of the reasons why couples or individuals come for relationship counselling:

  • Feeling stuck in a cycle of bickering and not sorting the issues out.
  • Feeling alone whether you’re in or out of a relationship
  • Relationship issues causing an unsatisfying sex-life
  • Feeling that you/ your partner don’t meet each-others’ needs
  • Finding it hard to forget the pain you or your partner have experienced earlier in your relationship
  • Feeling insecure with your partner;  afraid they might want to leave you
  • Thinking that there are too many demands made of you, or that you're not listened to
  • One or both of you lack trust in the other, or feel criticised
  • Having adopted children and needing some relationship support for yourselves as a couple

Relationship counselling provides you with a safe, confidential space to talk with your partner in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. It can support you to:

  • Develop closeness, trust and intimacy within an emotionally safe relationship with your partner
  • Resolve conflict more helpfully and bring you closer to your partner
  • Understand your own and your partner’s needs better, and how they can be met
  • Create a more relaxed and satisfying sex-life
  • Be happier with yourself, and improve relationships with family, friends, or at work.

All couples or individuals are welcome- any age, culture, religion, LGBTQ or physical ability.

I can support you if you’re a parent:

  • Wanting to improve your relationships with your children
  • Finding the behaviour of your children difficult to understand or manage
  • Finding that the issues with your children are impacting on you as a couple, or other relationships
  • Wanting more confidence with parenting your children

You don’t have to deal with difficult and painful issues alone. I can support you to develop the relationship that you want.

My Approach

I will listen carefully and will not judge you. I do not take sides.

I have 30 years’ experience working in the caring professions as a Teacher, Art Therapist and Relationship Therapist at Relate and in Private practice. I work inclusively, embracing the difference and diversity of all people.

I am genuinely passionate about helping couples and individuals move out of destructive and painful patterns of relating with each other. I can help you to deal with some of the difficult issues that you may be dealing with right now.

I really care about all of my clients and tailor my approach to suit each person’s/ couple’s unique needs.

I do understand that it can be daunting making that first contact, but in some ways, that's the hardest bit. You may wish to have one session, a few, or leave it open. It's up to you.

Feel free to:

  • Text me on 07936 705 515
  • Call and leave a message on 07936 705 515, or
  • Email me using the buttons at the top or bottom of my profile.

I will get back to you within 1-2 days and arrange to call you for a free 15 minute chat, so that you can tell me a bit about your issues and then you can decide if you'd like to meet me for a session.

Professional Registration:



-Register of Counsellors

Member of The Association of Family Therapists


Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA (Relationship Therapy) with Distinction, (Relate Institute, University of Hull, 2015).
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy, (Relate Institute, University of Hull).
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy, (University of Hertfordshire, 1998)
  • Introduction to Counselling, (Birkbeck College, London, 1993)
  • B.Ed. (Hons), University of Nottingham Trent, 1988.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also have a special interest in supporting parents to have more positive relationships with their children.


Per hour: Daytime/ Evenings

£50- Couples/ Individuals (One Hour)
£45- Lower income

Further information

Free roadside parking.

Bus routes 2 and 12 to and from Leeds centre run regularly.

I have a wheelchair accessible, lovely counselling room with a separate entrance. It is purpose built and discreetly situated on a peaceful road.


Maps & Directions

Leeds, LS8

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I offer daytime and evening appointments.

Types of client

Older adults
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