About me

Hi, I’m hoping this information will be helpful and that I can help. I’m working online or over the phone for the moment.

If things are difficult for you at the moment, it can be really helpful to have some time to talk, and 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, and I am interested in many creative methods of working. I am trained in Jungian- Kalffian Sandplay, and this creative, soothing but powerful therapy is suitable for adults, teenagers and children.
as a Barnado's approved Adoption Counsellor, I am able to working with all aspects of adoption, attachment and loss, and again the Sandplay is particularly helpful but talking therapy of course available as well.

You might be interested in particular ways of working; I can offer cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, person centered, psycho-dynamic therapy , EFT tapping and Jungian Sandplay, 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, particularly 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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

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

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


Additional information


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


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

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.



Natural Therapies Clinic
9, North Road
West Wickham

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Erica Ruse

Erica Ruse