Gloria P. Ruggieri
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am a UKCP-accredited Integrative Psychotherapist with almost twenty years of experience working with people from many different backgrounds aged 17 to 80+.
In times of difficulty, particularly when you have no one else to turn to, therapy provides a space with understanding in which to come to terms with life in all its contradictions and complexity. Needing counselling is therefore about recognising necessities and limitations, as much as affirming choice and personal responsibility.
The best possible advice is to be brave and to recognise that, while talking to someone can talk a lot of courage, it can also be enormously helpful and positive.
How my sessions work
Through developing the therapeutic relationship in an empathetic and safe space, it is possible for clients to link those past and present experiences that have led to entrenched patterns of behaviour. It then becomes possible for them to challenge deep-seated (or sedimented) beliefs and to learn to create an increasingly comfortable space inside and around themselves, despite external constraints.
As the therapeutic relationship develops, my role is to offer an open attitude and a non-directive (though not directionless) stance to help you move toward a process of more authentic living, in which you can find your own authority, discover something valuable to live for in the present, and come to terms with who you now are.
You will probably find it helpful to have an initial consultation with more than one therapist so that you can find the one with whom you think you will be able to work best.
About my practice
- Usually, I see clients once a week on a regular basis, although sometimes I may see them twice weekly.
- I offer daytime and early evening appointments between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday.
- Each session lasts for 50 minutes.
- I see clients in my office located in a garden setting within easy reach by bus or car of Banbury Road in North Oxford. Parking is available close-by on the road.
Training, qualifications & experience
My academic background is in Psychology (in which I have a BA) and Psychotherapy and Counselling (in which I have a MA from the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent's College, London (1996)). I have also received training in EMDR. I am accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and am also a Senior Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and an Affiliate Member of the British Psychological Society
Before concentrating on my private practice, I spent several years working as a counsellor with Oxford University's Counselling Service and I continue to work with students from a wide diversity of backgrounds and nationalities, as well as with adults of all ages.
In this and in my private practice I have extensive experience of offering both short-term and long-term individual therapy. I also bring to my work the experience of having worked in a variety of health care settings in Italy and South Africa.
I have experience in both brief and long term work with adults, including people who require therapy as part of their own professional training.
I also work with students aged 17+ and worked for a number of years as a student counsellor at Oxford University's Counselling Service.
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.
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
My main focus is change in personal circumstances. Such changes can be biological (for example, adolescence, entering middle age, becoming older) or may involve other life changes, such as becoming a parent or facing retirement. Others may involve life crises, like bereavement, confidence at work, loss of a job, divorce or serious illness, or may arise from difficulties in relationships, whether personal, social, or work-related.
Being Italian, but living in Britain, means that I can offer therapy in Italian as well as English, and also makes me particularly attuned to other people's experience of cultural differences.
Daytime and early evening appointments between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday
I am interested in bilingualism.