Ruth Williams, Relational Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Reg. MBACP
The Horsforth Centre
138 Low Lane
Hello, I'm Ruth and I'd like to tell you about the ways in which I work. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is central to effective counselling. I am a qualified Relational Counsellor and work in an integrative way, incorporating a range of models such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural and Psychodynamic therapies. I can help you to explore the ways in which you relate to yourselves and to others, now and in the past. I aim to create an atmosphere of trust and will take time to make you feel secure, providing a safe space for you to begin to talk about the challenges you may be facing in life. In addition to my generalist counselling role, I also offer a Specialist Counselling Service for individuals on the Autistic Spectrum as well as those who have ADHD, details of which are outlined further down this page.
I am trained to Post Graduate level and hold a University Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy which is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a member of the BACP, I am required to work within a clear ethical framework and attend regular professional development training programmes. These help me to keep up to date with current legislation and the latest advances in therapeutic practice, ensuring my clients receive a high standard of service.
My experience and training has equipped me to work with individuals and couples to help them to overcome a range of psychological and emotional issues which may be at the root of their distress. I am able to support you to address difficult feelings and behaviours; working closely alongside to enable you to understand your inner conflicts and improve ways in which you relate to others. I can help you to identify new strategies to address your difficulties. You will be treated with respect and given the freedom to fully explore and express your feelings without the fear of being judged.
Counselling can be a unique experience, allowing you to feel truly listened to and understood. This can provide you with a chance to try out a new way of being; safe in the knowledge that you will receive the empathy and support you may require to help you through a difficult period in life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Certificate in Interpersonal & Counselling Skills
Certificate in CBT
Transactional Analysis (TA101)
Certificate in Working with Couples (Leeds Centre for Psychological Development)
NCFE Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
Mindfulness Training for Health Professionals
Trauma & the Body: Somatisation & Dissociation
Assessment and Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Working with Survivors of Rape & Sexual Assault
Counselling Clients on the Autistic Spectrum
Raising Awareness of Asperger Syndrome in Couple Relationships (Maxine Aston)
ADHD & Autistic Spectrum Constellations - the interplay of the neurobiological, the psychodynamic and the interpersonal (supporting clients with impaired self-regulation whose daily life can be overwhelming & highly stressful)
I work in private practice from The Horsforth Centre for Counselling, Coaching, CBT and Psychotherapy and offer long and short-term counselling to clients experiencing a wide range of difficulties. I am also the co-founder of Aspire, a training consultancy which delivers coaching in working with individuals who have Autistic Spectrum conditions and/or ADHD. Aspire offers in-house training to healthcare professionals, therapists, teachers and also runs regional events for individuals and families affected by Autism & ADHD.
My previous experience includes several years as a counsellor at "Talking Spaces" in Harrogate which is a community service run by St Michael's Hospice. I also worked as an Associate Counsellor in a College of Further Education, working predominantly with young people who presented with issues such as anxiety disorders, cyber bullying, depression, family difficulties and peer relationship problems.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Autistic Spectrum Counselling for men, women, young people, couples and families.
Works with the 'Gifted and Talented' and has a full appreciation of perfectionism as well as the intensity which is experienced within so many aspects of daily life; contibuting to the escalation of anxiety and mental fatigue.
"Walking and Talking" - outdoor therapies.
Couples Counselling - helping couples to develop healthier patterns in their intimate relationships, leading them to positive growth and away from repeating the negative behaviours which can be at the root of their conflicts.
I also offer specialist Couples Counselling for people in relationships whereby one partner, or perhaps both, may have Aspergers.
Recovery from Trauma: Somatisation & Dissociation.
Working with male and female survivors of sexual abuse.
I offer daytime and evening sessions for individuals, couples and family groups.
Fees for 50 minute sessions are on a scale from £60 to £75 depending on the type of therapy offered ie. individual, couples or family therapy.
Longer sessions of up to 90 minutes are available upon request and fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis.
In addition to my generalist work, I provide a Specialist Counselling Service for people on the Autistic Spectrum as well as those with ADHD. Using my personal and professional experience, which extends over many years, I have developed a flexible approach, offering therapeutic alternatives to individuals who may not be comfortable with traditional approaches to counselling. I work in calm, peaceful settings with soft lighting and informal seating. I support clients through the process of diagnosis of Autism/ASDs. I also offer support to clients who may not seek a diagnosis but simply require some assistance to tackle the obstacles they face and address their underlying anxieties. Family members, spouses and couples may at times seek counselling themselves to help them relate better to their loves ones, or simply need a place in which to get some support of their own.
I am receiving increasing numbers of enquiries from female clients who believe they may have Asperger's Syndrome which may have not been picked up due to the different presentation which exists within women. Anxiety and depression are, for some people, 'secondary symptoms' of an undiagnosed Autistic Spectrum Condition. With my experience in this area, I can offer support in finding explanations for confusing behavioural responses to a range of situations, which can enable me to identify resolutions and useful strategies in close collaboration with my clients' preferences. It can be a great relief to find explanation and meaning for traits which can have caused years of difficulties and misunderstandings.
For a number of years, I have also offered "Walk and Talk" therapies for clients who prefer the multi-sensory experience of being outside. This can help some individuals to feel less inhibited and enhance the self-discovery process. I have found that people who engage in this type of therapy often achieve dramatic shifts in their thought processes which can aid creativity and allow them to discover new ways to resolve some of their issues. Walking in parallel with nature's visual distractions, means that clients can look forwards rather than at me, which for some is far less intense.
From January 2016, I will be running fortnightly "Social Ease" evening workshops (Mondays 7.00pm-8.30pm) at The Horsforth Centre. These will focus on developing skills to make social interaction more successful and helping participants to increase their confidence and self-esteem. If you wish to find out more, or reserve a place on the next available workshop, please contact me.
Some people who require a therapist with a full appreciation of Autism and ADHD may not have specialist support within their region and in these instances I can offer Skype sessions.
I am DBS checked and hold professional indemnity insurance which fully covers my indoor and outdoor work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime or evening appointments available
Types of client