About me

Taking the first step to begin the process of making positive changes within life, coming to terms with life experiences, altering the way we view ourselves, taking control of our situation, accepting who we are, gaining understanding of how as people we operate.

The journey through life at times can become confusing, painful, daunting and isolated.

I am a fully qualified Integrative Psychological therapist/Counsellor as well as a trained in Cognitive behaviourial therapy and  Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner.

I qualified in 2004. I am accreditated through the BACP and I am also a member of the BBACP and EMDR association.

I am fully insured.

I aim to offer each individual a "tailor made session" to suit their needs. Drawing on the various tools and techniques I have learnt, I believe, the theories should fit around the client rather then fitting clients into the theory.

During my training I was very conscious of the FACT that my experiences of Personal Therapy (as was part of my training requirement,) wasnt as 'personal' to my own experiences, views and needs as would have been so much more beneficial to me.
Bearing this in mind I decided to ensure my clients experience of therapy would be as personal to them as the therapy allows. A place of safety where a person feels they can discuss and share without feeling judged only supported.

I have worked with couples, adults and young people bringing many different issues from many different backgrounds and cultures.
I have extensive experience of working with depression, stress, anxiety, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),anger, phobias, eating disorders, self harm, bereavement, relationship problems, domestic violence,Historic and current,sexual, physical and mental abuse in childhood and adulthood.
I have experience of working with clients short term and long term depending on the clients needs.
As well as my private practise I work within the NHS offering therapy to GP patients within hospital and clinical settings.

Training, qualifications & experience

MBACP Fully accreditated counsellor.
Advanced diploma Integrative Counselling

Cognitive behaviourial therapist

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing practioner. (EMDR)

Additional training, people who self injure, creative therapy, CBT, domestic violence, psychosexual training, risk assessment, child protection, drug and alcohol training.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Couple counselling, loss, life changes, problems with teenagers, weight issues, mediating for families, sessions for students who are currently studying to become counsellors. EMDR therapy is available and works very well with PTSD and childhood issues and phobia.

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Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial assessment session £45 then 50 minute sessions are offered on a sliding scale of £50-£65 would be discussed at the initial session. EMDR therapy is £70 per 50 min session and £90 for an hour and half session. Fees for couples are £70 per 1 hour session. Students and training counsellors are reduced rates £50


Available evenings 7pm to 9pm

Friday daytime

Further information

I aim to provide a safe and non judgemental place for clients to explore and discuss their issues, if preferred I am willing to visit clients in their own home alternatively clients are welcome to attend sessions at my home. I can accomodate wheelchair users in my home.
Reduced rates are offered to trainee counsellors and students.

Hemel Hempstead

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Ruth Wallace

Ruth Wallace