Ruth Aylward-Davies

The Oast/Bower Farm
Hever Road

London Trauma Specialists
2nd Floor
22 Bloomsbury Street

07984 716770

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About me

As a Psychotherapist and Clinical Manager, I have twenty-five years experience of working with individuals, couples and families. As such I have undergone lengthy training to work with these different client groups, which is listed below. I can understand and work with the challenges in life affecting us all. Whether it is affairs, life-stages, communication, depression, bereavement, work issues or a general feeling of low-self esteem that is impacting you personally or those around you, we can focus on these issues together in counselling. I also have a Masters in Eating Disorders and work with clients in this area, or where they want to look at their relationship with food and their body image.

I have a corporate background working in an investment bank that helps me to understand the particular pressures that can feel unique to city life. I also had a long-standing work relationship with Relate. As a relational therapist I am aware of the impact of conflict within a couple relationship on teenagers and children and help clients to seek to reduce the conflict especially when working with separation and divorce.

The counselling I offer covers newly formed relationships through to longer-term relationships and marriages, as well as separation and divorce. I also work with clients with are experiencing family issues arising from the impact of having young babies, children, teenagers, step parents, grandparents, in-laws, elderly dependants or illness. I also have experience of working within a cancer charity, which provides support to the individual who has a diagnosis as well as their families.

I have also trained as a family therapist and see families with adult children and children over 5. In addition my training has encompassed 10-18 year-olds, which has enhanced my skills base as well as working in play therapy for children.

It is important for clients to feel safe to talk about issues that are troubling them, so, after the initial assessment, the aim is to work at a client's pace and in a style that suits them, be it supportive or more probing and challenging; this can either be short or longer-term. I hope to help and guide clients to find ways forward that they can use in their everyday lives. There is flexibility with appointments times, given that many clients have many commitments and stressors in their lives. I work using a number of theoretical approaches including psychodynamic; exploring the past to understand how it influences the present.  I also use systemic theory; belief systems and patterns within current and past family interactions and attachment theory; patterns of relating to a significant other(s) in your life. In addition I also use elements of cognitive behavioural therapy which is important to focus on change.

In addition to this I am able to establish relationships with clients, which contain qualities of warmth and understanding in a process, which can feel overwhelming or demoralising.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training, Qualifications & Experience

1994                 Relate                                 Certificate in Counselling

2002                 WPF                                   Advanced Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling

2004                 Relate                                 Clinical Supervision

2006-2008       Institute of Family Therapy  Diploma in Family Counselling

2010                 Relate                                 Counselling younger children

2011                 WPF                                   Awarded Psychotherapist status 

2015                 National Centre for             Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders & Obesity
                        Eating Disorders

I am a UKCP Accredited Counsellor. No: 2011161840

I have a total of twenty years of experience as a Counsellor.

I have had a private practice for fifteen years.

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£70 - Kent
£95 - City

Maps & Directions

Kent, TN8 7LE
Bloomsbury, WC1B 3QJ

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

Types of client

Older adults