About me

An experienced therapist who can help you to heal your past, live your present, and create your future.

About me

I have worked as a humanistic integrated psychotherapist and counsellor in the Stoke Newington, Hackney and Islington areas for over twenty years. My clients are drawn from mixture of private, medical and mental health referrals. Currently I divide my working week between my private practice and my work in the voluntary sector and with local health authorities.

My original training was as music therapist. This is a way of using instruments and voice as a way of communicating with adults who have learning disabilities and I continue to run these sessions. I am involved in facilicitating reminiscence therapy groups for the voluntary sector. I have also run workshops in, ways of communicating, for Islington and Camden Social Services

I believe that the wide range of people I have counselled the different problems and situations that we have worked through - informs and enriches my current therapeutic work with all my clients.

Humanistic Integrated Therapy

This approach is based on the understanding that the same therapeutuc model will not benefit everyone. I was able to study several different therapy methods. This means I do not start with one theory or view into which all clients are fitted but rather can draw on a range of skills to discover which approach will enable us to make the best contact with each other as your therapy progresses

Why therapy?

Many of us encounter difficulties and challenges in our lives. Often, we can address them on our own or with the support of friends. However, there are times when life events become overwhelming. You may become aware of certain repeated, destructive patterns in your life but feel unable to prevent them from happening - it can seem as if your choices have been taken away and you feel powerless. At times like this psychotherapy can help you to become aware of how and why these patterns originated. It also supports you to look at the part you play in creating and perpetuating them - for this is the part that you can change.

Although understanding the past is an important part of the therapeutic process, actual change can only happen in the present. Change means choosing to do things differently and that can seem very risky and frightening. Psychotherapy will help you develop a stronger sense of yourself so that you can contain that anxiety, take back the power that you give away and create the life you want. (Do click on the web link if you would like to find out more about the different aspects of my practice)

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling - London University/Birkbeck College.
Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Psychotherapy - Southbank University/Whittington Hospital.
MSc in Psychotherapy - Southbank University.

I am registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Good Practice. I have personal indemnity insurance and receive regular professional supervision.

Member organisations


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

Couples therapy
Transcultual Counselling
Adults with learning disabilities (music therapy)
Adults with mental health issues.
Memory loss in the elderly (reminscence therapy)


Additional information

My fees are £55 - £70 per full 60 minute session, Couples: £70 - 85 per ninety minute session. Where you place yourself on this scale depends on your financial situation.

Cancellation Policy.

If you are not able to make your regular time I am happy to rearrange if there is an appointment available. If you are unable to attend I require 48 hours notice after which I will ask you to pay the full fee.

There is free parking at the N.16 location.


Mornings 8.00 - 1.30, evenings 5.30 - 8.30, Saturday 10.00 -12.00

Further information

Just a quote that has always resonated with me,

'...the extent to which a person can do things differently in the present, to that extent will the past be healed.'

G.Yontef (1993)

Stoke Newington
N16 6NJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Ruth Ilson

Ruth Ilson