Ruth Sara Dowding MBACP Registered BA(HONS)

Ruth Sara Dowding MBACP Registered BA(HONS)

Signal Chambers
13 Railway Street

Bloom Therapy Services
201 Springfield Road


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Signal Chambers
13 Railway Street

Bloom Therapy Services
201 Springfield Road


About me

I am an experienced skilled humanistic/ integrative counsellor/therapist with a reputable professional ethical approach. Therapy is confidential and to maintain client safety I will contract with you the client, before beginning therapy.

I have been practicing for 8 years. In various settings with GP primary care, NHS & with a national  mental health charity. I offer short term or long term therapy

I am passionate about therapy, offering an empathic, containing, non directive approach placing the client at the centre of the therapeutic process, enabling you to develop the inner resources to manage the stresses & emotional difficulties of relationships & life.

I specialise in anxiety, generalised anxiety, panic disorders, bereavement, anger issues, depression, early childhood sexual abuse/emotional neglect/trauma, d/v, sexual abuse, attachment issues, postnatal depression, post trauma stress disorders, binge eating and eating disorders

I can also help with:

  • Couple counselling, working with relationship & sexual issues, communication, recovering from an affair, trust & conflict.
  • Young adolescents between 11-25, working with all child related issues.
  • Eating issues & body image, weight management issues.
  • Mind & Body Somatic Trauma mild & acute past childhood trauma, acute anxiety, OCD's panic attacks, & diagnosis of PTSD, DID's & BPD's Bipolar Mood Disorders, non-specific pain syndromes & fibromyalgia also ME & Lymes Disease.

I offer therapy to the emergency services & specialise in stabilisation techniques for Ist & 2nd degree trauma.

I also offer clinical supervision and professional personal development.

Experienced in brief & long term therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (hons) degree from ESSEX UNIVERSITY in Counselling Studies
Diploma in Person Centred (Humanistic) Counselling Colchester Institute
Certificate in Couple Counselling BACP approved course
Certificate in Supervision BACP approved course
Fully Trained in Somatic Body Trauma & 1st & 2nd degree trauma therefore I am trained in stabilisation of acute anxiety, trauma & PTSD, phobia, nightmares & panic disorders,

I am experienced in IAPT, and offer therapy with a leading Mental Health Charity
I have offered therapy in a Primary Care Setting, as a GP Practice Counsellor, NHS,
Co-ordinated YES a counselling service for 11-25 year olds
CARA rape crisis, & an eating disorder service  
I offer private Confidential Couple Counselling & Individual Therapy, in a therapeutic setting.

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Accredited register membership


I offer an initial free 20 minute assessment session either one to one or on the telephone.

An assessment can establish your therapeutic needs/issues & together we can discuss how counselling could help you. Maybe after the initial 20 minute assessment, you may want to continue with therapy.

During the assessment we can start to develop & explore a therapeutic relationship, together we can establish the therapeutic focus to enable full exploration of your presenting issues & expectations of how you would like to better manage, cope or recovery, from these issues.


COUPLE COUNSELLING From £65 to £55 per 1.5hr session
MIND & BODY SOMATIC THERAPY initial assessment from £75 1.5hrs sessions then £55
STUDENT COUNSELLORS requiring therapy can request reduced fees please call me
to discuss this further.
CRITICAL DEBRIEFING group therapy from: £75 per hour

An Initial assessment with the couple will enable exploration of what issues have led the couple to seek therapy, and a confidential contract will enable facilitation to enhance, develop manage and resolve communication issues  & enable the couple to move forward with better communication skills to create harmony in their relationship.

reductions for student or recently qualified counsellor's £40

Further information

I practice in an empathic, open, safe containing environment.
Offering boundaries & safe contracting within the BACP Ethical Framework
A confidential, trusting therapeutic relationship enables the client to explore unresolved issues that could be impacting on their here & now relationships, life choices & potential for success & happiness

Therapy can enable the client to become more self aware, develop better coping mechanism & understand and manage better destructive/distorted behaviour's & compulsivity.

Good quality therapy can offer the client a better perspective from which to make life choices become empowered and therefore reach their full potential.
Reach out today.

Maps & Directions

Chelmsford, CM1 1QS
Chelmsford, CM2 6JP

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


I offer individual & couple/relationship counselling therapy from Monday to Saturdays from 10am to 10pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training


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