Ruth Overington MA, BA, MBACP (Accred) Counsellor
I offer a confidential, empathic space, either outdoors, online or on the phone, in which you can explore your issues and worries. Supporting you to recognise and build on your own strengths and resources.
Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, confused or low about issues in your life. Counselling can allow you space to explore this, giving you a chance to build a better understanding of yourself and your relationships.
My main training is Integrative, this means that I am able to draw my theoretical knowledge from three main counselling approaches, cognitive behavioural, humanistic and psychodynamic. I work with this knowledge, offering counselling that emphasises the importance of the relationship between client and counsellor whilst using skills and techniques that are appropriate for each individual.
I can also provide outdoor therapy, with social distancing measures in place. All outdoor sessions take place in areas that are known to me and I have previously visited to assess suitability and any risks. Before an outdoor session can be booked an online needs to take place. To discuss your suitability for outside work, goals for the therapy and an opportunity to see if we both feel comfortable to work together. I'm outdoor first aid trained and insured to provide outdoor counselling.
- Walk and Talk- A counselling session that takes place at a suitable location outside. These sessions take a similar format to indoor work, in terms of the focus being on the client’s therapeutic work. But with the advantage of being in the natural world.
- Eco Therapeutic approach-I can also provide counselling that is embedded in nature, focusing on your own nature connection and personal experience of the natural world. Working with specific nature-based techniques and exercises, I have developed my Eco therapy practice based on the concept that we are not separate to nature, but part of it.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Counselling Children and Young People
BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of Southampton)
Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
MBACP (Accred) and Registered
Further study undertaken in:
Ecotherapy training and Walk and Talk therapy.
Animal Assisted therapy.
Mermaids essential Transgender training.
Cognitive behavioural therapy.
I have been working in private practice in Salisbury since 2009, and previously in a variety of settings in Wiltshire, Hampshire & Dorset since 2006. I have counselled in Schools, Universities, Mental health organisations. From 2011-2017 I was a partner and co-founder of 'Talkabout" an organisation providing counselling to children & young people in schools within the Salisbury area.
Before becoming a counsellor I worked within the statutory and voluntary sector. Providing one to one and group support to parents and young people and managing and co-ordinating counselling services, volunteers and training. I also have experience of living and working abroad in a military setting.
I am working from a private office in my home during the pandemic.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer brief, short term and long term therapy.
I am happy to discuss with counselling students sessions to meet their course requirements.
£50 per 1 hour
£50 per 1 hour
£75 per 1.5 hrs
I have a limited amount of concessions available, please contact me to discuss this further.
Cancellations giving less than 24 hours notice before appointment will be charged for.
Monday to Friday 8am-6pm
I hold full professional liability insurance and have an enhanced DBS disclosure.