Ruth Sara Dowding MBACP Registered BA(HONS)

Ruth Sara Dowding MBACP Registered BA(HONS)

Life Force
3 East Hll

Chelmsford Welling Centre
13 Railway Street

07894 450453

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Life Force
3 East Hll

Chelmsford Welling Centre
13 Railway Street

07894 450453

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. My counselling rooms are welcoming & in Chelmsford town.

I have 9 years & 7,000 hours of therapeutic practice offering therapy in various settings with:-
NHS, GP primary care as a Practice Counsellor,
With a national IAPT mental health charity, adolescent services, trauma services & eating disorders.
offering short/brief term solution focused or long term psychotherapy. 

I am passionate about therapy, offering an empathic, containing, non directive approach placing the client at the centre of the therapeutic process. I will meet you where you are in your own process & together we will explore what has brought you to seek therapy.
Maybe a life changing event like bereavement, a relationship breaking down, divorce, losing a job, or maybe stressful events like work related stress, relationship difficulties, financial issues, low mood, depression, feeling unsettled, or stuck or low in motivation.
I will enabling you to develop the inner resources to manage the stresses & emotional difficulties of relationships & life.

I specialise in anxiety, generalised anxiety disorders, panic disorders, bereavement, anger issues, depression, feeling sad, early childhood sexual abuse/emotional neglect/trauma, d/v, sexual abuse, attachment issues, postnatal depression, post trauma stress disorders, binge eating and eating disorders & having experience of work with adolescents & with bipolar, dissociative disorders, narcissistic personality disorders, borderline personality disorders.

I can also help with:

  • Couple counselling, working with relationship & sexual issues, communication, recovering from an affair, trust & conflict, sex and love addictions.
  • 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 & life directional consultation.

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, phobias, 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.
I also offer Life Directional Consultations enabling client's to gain another perspective to move ahead in life after a life changing event like, bereavement, relationship breakdowns, illness & retirement issues.

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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 £45 1.5hrs sessions then £35
CONCESSIONS for low waged & students and trainee/ recently qualified counsellors
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 £45

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.

Maybe you feel sad most of the time or angry, maybe you look in the mirror and wonder if you have lost yourself and your zest for life.

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

Colchester, CO1 2QL
Chelmsford, CM1 1QS

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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