About me

During the Coronavirus outbreak I am offering psychotherapy through video and/or phone to all who want to be seen during this time.

I am a medical Doctor, a UKCP reg. Psychotherapist, a Certified Integrative Psychotherapist trainer & supervisor, a Certified Transactional Analyst - PTSTA, working with couples, individuals and groups.

I've got a special focus on psychosomatic illness, on how the emotions can affect your body. And how to treat the symptoms your body has created to compensate for the emotional pain.

I also have a special interest in the effects of childhood neglect/abuse in adulthood. I've been treating victims of childhood psychological neglect for over 15 years.

I have a relational, talking approach; based on the ongoing relationship with my clients.I work to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere to help people achieve spontaneity, intimacy with themselves and others, breaking up old paradigms in order to achieve their own autonomy.

Training, qualifications & experience

As a Psychotherapist, I work with a relational and developmental approach, which includes Transactional Analysis, Integrative Psychotherapy, Self-Psychology, Object Relations Therapy, Psychosomatic Medicine. I am also a Master in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

I am also a trainer and a clinical supervisor - PTSTA, CIIPTS (IIPA)

I am member of:
BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
UKCP (United Kingdom Counselling and Psychotherapy)
UKATA (united Kingdom association for Transactional Analysis)
EATA (European Association For Transactional Analysis)
IIPA (International Integrative Psychotherapy Association)

In addition to English, I speak fluent Portuguese.

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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

Body image, Psychosomatic Medicine ( emotional aspects of chronic illness), cross-cultural issues, shame.

Photos & videos


Day and evening sessions

Further information

In addition to English, I also speak fluent Portuguese.

I am available for adults, couples and groups, online and face-to-face


Upper Richmond Road West
SW14 7JX

Type of session

In person

Types of client


Additional languages



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am a UKCP reg Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor, offering clinical supervision to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, and to those in training or in related professions.

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Ruth Birkebaek

Ruth Birkebaek