Dr Ruth Birkebaek

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Relational Integrative Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Richmond TW9
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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 have 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 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

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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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)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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

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When I work

Day and evening sessions

Further information

In addition to English, I also speak fluent Portuguese.

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

Richmond, London, TW9 4BT

Richmond, Surrey, TW9

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)

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Online platforms



In person

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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Dr Ruth Birkebaek
Dr Ruth Birkebaek