Ruth Osborne, Psychotherapist and Counsellor (BACP, BPC)
There are times in our lives when it can seem hard to cope on our own with the emotional challenges that are part of everyday life. You may feel isolated or stuck, and not know which way to turn. It may also be difficult to find someone who has the time to listen or who will understand. This is when counselling or therapy may be able to help by offering you a safe space to speak freely, so that you may gain clarity on how you feel, and move forward with greater confidence and understanding.
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are." C.G. Jung
I am a trained counsellor and psychotherapist practising from a private consulting room on Southwark Bridge Road in the Waterloo and London Bridge area. I can offer you a caring, confidential, safe and respectful environment which hopefully will enable you to explore your feelings through considering your life experiences, such as past traumatic events or everyday dilemmas, but also your hopes, dreams, desires and aspirations for the future.
If you are looking for counselling or therapy in the Waterloo, London Bridge area or Central London, then I am conveniently situated between London Bridge and Waterloo rail and tube station, and Borough and Southwark tube station. Also, nearby is the Tate Modern, Borough Market, London South Bank University, Mint Street Park and various cafes and restaurants.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed a four year postgraduate psychotherapy training at Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) Therapy, one of the leading academic and clinical training institutions in the UK. This training is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the University of Roehamptom.
I also have over twenty five years experience of working in schools and alternative education provisions, youth and community work, community art projects, and with children, young people and their families who have complex needs and have challenging lives.
My approach to counselling and psychotherapy focuses the whole person and what you bring to each session, each week. With that in mind, we would then start to try to make sense of what underlies the difficulties. This may not be easy, and it might mean that it takes time to come to terms with the loses. Hopefully, we then begin to discover new perspectives and possibilities.
I am a member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC), the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I abide by a strict ethical and professional code of conduct set out by the above organisations.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
I offer open-ended therapy which lasts for as long as you need, and short-term counselling for around 12 sessions. Each therapy session is for 50 minutes and is at the same time each week.
Fees are on a sliding scale, and dependant on your financial situation. This will be agreed at the beginning, along with your chosen method of payment, which includes either cash, cheque or bank transfer. I do offer some reduced fee/low income appointments, but this is subject to availability.
Once I hear from you, I will contact you within 24 hours to arrange a time to meet for one or two initial consultations to discuss your particular needs and how we might best work together.
Initial consultation - £70
Initial consultation for reduced fee/low income - £30
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client