Ruth Hoskins, MA, UKCP Integrative Body Psychotherapist
I hold an MA in Body Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Integrative Body Psychotherapy and I am registered and accredited with UKCP. I have been in private practice since 2005.
People usually seek psychotherapy because they are aware of some kind of pain, psychological, emotional, physical or spiritual pain. This can manifest in many different ways such as anxiety, stress, depression, psycho-somatic illness, anger problems, prolonged grieving, eating difficulties, and many more. Often the pain manifests in the body.
Integrative Body Psychotherapy invites an awareness (a mindfulness) of the body and its processes and wisdom, alongside what happens in the mind, cognitive patterns and belief systems. It integrates a number of approaches including psychodynamic, analytical, humanistic, gestalt, biodynamic, relational and body and energy work principles. It can at times include direct work with the body where appropriate and if desired.
This work offers a process in which unconscious material and emotional material can be accessed and integrated more fully via the mind and/or the body and its energetic system, so that restrictive or out-of-date patterns of behaviour, thought, and relating can be addressed. Recent developments and research in neuroscience underpin much of the theoretical base.
Many manifestations of pain or trauma in the body and/or mind can be successfully addressed in Body Psychotherapy, inviting the possibility of greater fullfilment and general well-being.
Issues can be worked with through a combination of talking and various forms of body work, as and when different approaches are relevant and appropriate. It can be a dynamic and intense form of therapy which can include awareness work, touch, biodynamic massage, breath work and energy work as part of the developing process. A specific issue may be addressed or it may be that the process is one of getting to know oneself better, to reconnect to and find a deeper meaning in life, greater personal fulfilment. Whatever the reason, the therapy can be short or long term.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registration with UKCP
MA in Body Psychotherapy (Cambridge Centre for Body Psychotherapy with Anglia Ruskin University)
Diploma in Integrative Body Psychotherapy from the Chiron Centre, London
Post graduate Certificate in Trauma Therapy (PTSD)
Certificate in Biodynamic massage and psychotherapy
Training in various forms of body and energy work including Amanae breath and body work
BA (Hons) Combined Arts
Private Practice with individuals and couples since 2005
*Group work for psycho-emotional release using the breath and body
* Group work - stress management group with colleague Angela Scannell
* Individual psychotherapy with adolescents in therapeutic setting
* Primary Care counselling in GP surgeries - time limited counselling
* Specialism: eating disorders and self harm: 3 years with Richmond Fellowship & 3 years with South London & Maudsley NHS Trust
* L'Arche Community: 7 years living and working with people with learning disabilities
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The impact of neglect.
Work with the body including: amanae breath and body work, energy work, body awareness and mindfulness, biodynamic massage, pain management, relaxation, psycho-somatic symptoms.
Initial Assessment: £45
Body psychotherapy sessions (60 minutes):
Individuals: Weekly or fortnightly: £50 - £65 depending on income
Couples sessions: £50-70 depending on income
The therapy is usually weekly, but in some cases can be twice-weekly or fortnightly.
Breath, Body and Energy work sessions (75 minutes):
Each session: £65
A limited number of low cost places are available for those in financial need.
As well as being registered with UKCP I am also a member of CABP (Chiron Association of Body Psychotherapists) and I abide by their Codes of Ethics and Practice: www.body-psychotherapy.org.uk