Dr Michelle Ruger

Dr Michelle Ruger

104 Mytchett Road
Frimley Green
GU16 6ET

28 West Bank

07467223252 / 07467223252

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About me

About me

I am a Chartered Psychologist (BPS) offering therapy to individuals, couples, children and families. I have experience working with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, bereavement, addiction, eating disorders, relationship problems, stress, burnout, PTSD, existential crisis and many more mental health issues which are detailed below.

How I work

For many individuals, the decision to seek therapy can feel like a daunting experience, and so I strive to make people feel as comfortable and at ease as possible from the very first session. In my view, the success of any therapeutic work is largely dependent upon the quality of the therapeutic relationship. With this in mind, my approach is always aimed at facilitating a genuine, honest and real engagement with my clients, founded upon trust, care and openness that allows for exploration of personal and sensitive issues within a safe and confidential therapeutic space.

Qualifications, training and experience

I am trained to Doctoral level in a variety of therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) including mindfulness based models, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Person Centred Therapy and Gestalt. My training has supported me in my aim to offer a service that will meet your individual needs whether it is longer or short term therapy.

I have combined my Doctoral level of understanding of these models with rigorous past and ongoing experience, that allows me to work with you in a way that suits your particular needs. I have several years of experience working with different client groups across a wide range of settings (NHS, private and charity sectors) including primary, secondary, inpatient and forensic services. My experience therefore has involved working with varying levels of human distress that have included both short and long-term therapeutic interventions.

How can therapy help?

There are many reasons why someone might benefit from therapy. It can enable people to understand and gain insight into their relationship patterns and difficulties, improve self esteem, find motivation to change challenging and entrenched habits and generally support one to discover a sense of meaning, passion and purpose in their lives, helping them to take stock of their current predicaments.

Where is my practice based

My practice is based across 3 locations within Surrey. There are as follows:

  • Dorking
  • Frimley Green
  • Guildford

There is free parking at each of the sites.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications and Training

  • Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology gained from the University of Surrey (PsychD)
  • MSc in Clinical Psychology gained from the University of Southampton
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology gained from the University of Surrey


I have several years of experience working across NHS, charity and private settings with individuals with a variety of different mental health difficulties including eating disorders, phobias, anxiety disorder such as OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and personality disorders.

In addition to my private practice, I currently work as a Specialist Counselling Psychologist in a general hospital in the NHS, as part of a physical health team. In this role I  offer group and individual psychotherapy to patients who are suffering with severe and enduring illnesses, as well as chronic pain. I also work one day a week as a psychologist in a specialist bariatric surgical team.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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  • Initial telephone consultation free of charge
  • Limited concession rates available upon request
  • £100 per hour for individual sessions
  • £120 per hour for couples

Payment is required in full on the day of our appointment by cash or bank transfer. Monthly invoicing can be arranged upon request for ongoing clients

Cancellation Policy: I require 48 hours notice for all cancellations otherwise full cost applies.

Maps & Directions

Frimley, GU16 6ET
Dorking, RH4 3BZ

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Please phone to discuss availability

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme