Erica Ruse-Whalley

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Accredited member of the BACP and UKRCP
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Croydon CR0 & West Wickham BR4
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi, I’m Erica, I am hoping this information will be useful and that I can help. I’m currently working online or over the phone for the moment, but will be working face to face in the next few weeks .

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 and young people.

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 am interested in many creative methods of working - please see my experience below.

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 you are welcome to text me or e-mail, any time to arrange a free initial phone call or zoom call. I am usually able to answer the phone after 6.30pm, although of course, you are welcome to ring at any time, or to leave a message. If you leave a message please let me know whether it is O.K. to return your call, and the times that might be best for you.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced and fully qualified and accredited Integrative Psychotherapist. I am an Accredited member of the BACP and UKRCP.

I am particularly experienced in working with anxiety, depression, bereavement, stress, confidence and sleep difficulties with all ages. I also have experience of self harm including hair pulling.

I am a Barnardo'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 Barnardo'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, and schema therapy as 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, in terms of improving behaviour, compliance and the relationship between the parent and young person.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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

  • All issues related to adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Stress and depression
  • Difficult emotions following grief
  • Loss and attachment including loss of a pet
  • Divorce and blended families
  • 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.
  • Death of Pets
  • Difficulties with Children
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Empty nest syndrome
  • Retirement
  • Life changes


£37.50 - £46.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • BUPA

Additional information

  • Adults usually £46 
  • Counselling for children and teenagers £37
  • Troubleshooting for parents £40 for 40 mins, face to face or phone
  • Telephone sessions. (Counselling) £40 for 45 mins

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

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Early morning: Tues, Fri

Morning: W, Fri 

Lunch time M, W F

other times possible - please get in touch.

Croydon, Surrey, CR0

Natural Therapies Clinic, 9, North Road, West Wickham, Kent, BR4 0JS

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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