BSc (hons) Psych. Dip. Couns, MBPsS, MBACP.
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"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you" - Maya Angelou, I know why the caged bird sings.
Hi there I am Ruth. I am an integrative counsellor which means I integrate elements from different schools of psychotherapy to meet your needs. I have over 10 years of experience counselling adults and young people (11-25 years) in both face to face and online services. I am a member of the British Psychology Society and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I abide by the BACP ethical framework and data protection legislation, and hold a current DBS certificate for working with young people and vulnerable adults. I am fully insured and undertake regular professional development and supervision.
So in what way can I help you? Life can sometimes feel very hard and for some unbearable. Life events, over which we have no control can sometimes knock us off our feet. Relationships whether, intimate, family or work can seem impossible. We sometimes ask ourselves is this all there is? As we navigate life trying to have a more fulfilling experience. Sometimes, we can not make the changes necessary, to increase our well being on our own and finding the right people to support us in this can feel difficult.
In these situations therapy can help. Having a comfortable, safe and quiet environment in which to unburden yourself. Experiencing warmth, empathy, acceptance and non-judgement can feel wonderful and as you start to feel more in control of your experience we can work towards you shaping the life you want.
So what kind of changes could be experienced as part of your therapeutic journey? Well each of us is unique but some changes I have witnessed in people include:
- a greater acceptance of themselves and others
- better relationship experiences
- less anxiety
- more freedom from defences and dysfunctional patterns
- improved day to day functioning at home and work
- improved lifelong experiences and personal growth.
I sincerely believe in the potential of every individual and through a compassionate approach we can explore your experiences of origin and how these have shaped your experiences today. Many of our experiences can feel difficult to understand and we can work through that together exploring any defences or maladaptive behaviours you may have adopted in order to protect yourself. Those behaviours may now feel problematic, but you have difficulty changing them. I will be honest, kind and when appropriate, gently challenging, to support you in making the changes you desire.
I work with people with all kinds of experiences. Those new to therapy and also those who may have had previous experiences. I work with short term and long term therapeutic models. I have a wealth of experience working with adolescents and I welcome working with people from all sexual orientations and gender identities. My particular areas of interest include working with relational attachments, grief and loss, identity issues and emotional dysregulation.
If this sounds like something that would benefit you, please contact me by email, text or phone for an initial discussion of your needs and we can see whether we are a good fit to work together. We can also discuss what times work best for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc (hons) Psychology. University of Plymouth. 1989.
- Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies. University of Plymouth.2010.
- Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy. University of Plymouth. 2012.
- CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Counselling Supervision. Due to complete April 2022.
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Essential skills. Association Psychological Therapies. 2014.
- Motivational Interviewing
- ADHD, ASD, Dyslexia, Prevent
- Child Sexual exploitation
- Suicide and risk
- Sexuality and Gender LGBTQ+
- Eating disorders
- Compassion Focused Therapy
- Child Protection Advanced
- Safeguarding Adults
- Forced marriage
- Honour-based violence
- Pre-Trial Therapy
- Human Development.
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).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Sessions are 50 minutes duration and fee per session is £50 per weekday sessions (9-6 Monday-Friday).
Evening sessions and weekend sessions are 50 minutes duration and fee per session is £55.
Some concessions may be available in certain circumstances and I would be happy to discuss this in our initial discussion.
When I work