Erica Ruse

Erica Ruse

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Natural Therapies Clinic
9, North Road
West Wickham

0208 405 4365 / 07812 097293

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About me

Sometimes changes or situations in our lives can be very difficult; feelings can get too much for us to sort out on our own; and it can be really helpful to have some time to talk, to see more clearly what is happening. I would like to work with you to help to find clearer paths through difficult situations, new ways of managing and new perspectives. I work with adults, parents, children young people and couples.

I work with all emotional, relationship and life change difficulties, but have particular experience in all forms of:

  • anxiety
  • stress
  • and depression
  • difficult emotions following grief
  • loss and attachment
  • including loss of a pet
  • divorce
  • low confidence and low self-esteem
  • difficulties within relationships and families such as divorce,
  • adoption, blended families and step-parents.
  • And life events such as redundancy, retirement, and children leaving home.
  • All issues related to adoption,

I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor, which means that I am able to use a number of different ways of working to best suit you.
I have training in Sandplay, and offer this creative but powerful therapy to adults, teenagers and children.
I am a Barnado's approved Adoption Counsellor, working with all aspects of adoption; adopted adults and children, adoptive parents and birth parents.

I am trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, person centered and psycho-dynamic therapy which I often integrate to work most effectively with the particular difficulty, but I am happy to be guided by you in the ways you feel more comfortable to work.

I can offer particular support to parents as I am trained in Webster Stratton "Troubleshooting for parents" and also have special training in Attachment focused Counselling

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an accredited member of the BACP and UKRCP.

I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor.
I am a Barnado's approved adoption counsellor, which means that I can work with all those involved in adoption; adoptive parents and family, the original birth family and those who are adopted.
I am also trained by Barnado's in Attachment Focused Counselling, which is highly important in all areas of adoption but also in any family and close relationships.

I offer Jungian Kalffian Sandplay to children, teenagers and adults. This is very powerful work which has the advantage of working through any difficulties without needing to talk about it directly. It feels very soothing and gentle to do.

I am also an Advanced practitioner in the Emotional Freedom Technique, often known as "Tapping" and also in "Picture tapping." These techniques work in a similar way to reflexology and acupuncture, by tapping acupressure points, and I find them particularly useful for working on anxiety, stress and other distressing situations.

All of these techniques are helpful for adults and children, but I also have a range of extra training including art therapy techniques, paticulary Sandplay which are particularly appropriate for children and young people, although again, I find a range of techniques to be effective.

I am also trained in "Webster Stratton parenting" which can be helpful when working with parents, children and young people, particularly in terms of improving behaviour, compliance and the relationship between the parent and young person.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Death of Pets
Difficulties with Children
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Empty nest syndrome
Life changes



Adults £50    

Counselling for children and teenagers
                                        £38 for teenagers

For organisations, insurance or those requiring receipts, fees can be arranged

Troubleshooting for parents £40 for 40 min session, face to face or phone

Telephone sessions. (Counselling) £40 for 45minutes

I am not currently seeing couples, but I am happy to arrange counselling sessions
on relationship advice For individual clients

Reductions can be made in case of need, or shorter sessions available to reduce cost

Further information

Please phone to see how I might help you.

I know it can be hard to make an initial phone-call;  so it may be helpful to know that I am usually able to answer the phone after 6.30 in the evening, although of course you are welcome to ring at any time, or to leave a message, or to e-mail me.

If you leave a message  please let me know whether it is O.K. to return your call, and let me know the times that might be best for you.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Maps & Directions

Croydon, CR0
West Wickham, BR4 0JS

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Late afternoon early evening and evenings on weekdays Saturday mornings and other times possible.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme