Ruth Benstead

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Ruth Benstead Registered MBACP

Do you need someone to talk to, someone who really listens? or does your life feel overwhelming because of a situation your struggling to cope with?
If so, then counselling from a trained professional is really helpful.
Finding the right counsellor for you and feeling confident that they have the required experience in the area you need is really important so it will be helpful to you if I share some things about myself.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am also listed on the BACP's Accredited Voluntary Register. This means that you can be confident that I work professionally and ethically at all times.

As a counsellor I have worked in a diverse range of settings from a hospice to counselling victims of sexual violence. This includes recent and historical rape and serious sexual assault.

I also work extensively with survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, an area in which I have long experience of the many complex emotions involved. These often include DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), Complex Trauma, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It is so very hard for people to speak about being abused as a child and the fear of not being believed often keeps them silent, I WILL BELIEVE YOU. I always believe those who find the courage to finally speak out or to look for specialised help, it takes immense bravery to do so.

My private practice provides counselling to adults, young adults, couples, and children aged 14yrs and over.
My website also provides extra information and insight into me as a person.

Counselling can help you by providing you with an opportunity to share your situation with someone who is supportive understanding and who will not judge you.
It is also helpful in discovering more about yourself and the actions of those around you, It helps you to identify your needs and priorities and to set new goals to work towards.
I understand that accessing counselling may feel like a daunting prospect and that you might feel anxious about sharing your personal thoughts and feelings, in which case I would like to reassure you that I have a friendly warm and approachable personality and that I am skilled in promoting a relaxed and empathetic environment.

My training as an Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor simply means that I am able to draw upon the many skills and techniques from a diverse range of counselling theories, thIs enables me to select the best possible approach to suit your specific needs as an individual.

Having counselling is your time, your space, no interruptions, no distractions, no pressures.

I am a qualified experienced and professional counsellor and have worked in a helping environment for in excess of 15yrs. My private practice offers you a supportive therapy experience within which we move forward together to achieve a resolution.
l also provide you with a comprehensive counselling service so that you have a greater choice in how you access counselling that includes One to One, Couples, Telephone, Skype, FaceTime, and Email, all tailored to you as an individual/individuals and recognising that your situation and difficulties are unique to you.
I also understand life's restrictions and if preferred I also offer home visits.

Family issues, Relationship issues, Depression, Bereavement, Loss, Generalised Anxiety, Stress, Low mood, Anger, Sexual violence, Domestic Violence, Abuse and Guilt, are just a few of the situations and emotions that we may face and struggle with at some point in our lives. Counselling can provide you with an opportunity to work through difficult emotions and to re-evaluate situations that have become problematic.

It is now widely recognised that the therapeutic relationship between you and your counsellor is an extremely important part of the counselling process. My aim is to protect your confidentiality and gain your trust using warmth empathy and integrity.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries you may have.

My practice site is easily accessible and within a short walk of the train station.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Member - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
(BACP accredited voluntary register)


  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Certificate of Proficiency
  • Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Facilitator Certificate - Positive You: self-esteem and assertiveness building course.
  • Facilitator Certificate - Freedom Programme: Domestic Abuse specific survivor/victim course.

Other Qualifications

  • Anger Management
  • Assertiveness
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Violence
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Working with loss and bereavement
  • Mental health awareness
  • listening Skills


Refuge for Women & Children:
Safe accommodation for families fleeing domestic abuse where I facilitated the Freedom Programme course to residents and outreach clients.

Beacon Counselling: providing counselling to individuals who were experiencing difficulties arising from problematic life events.

Blythe House Hospice: providing counselling to those with life threatening illness, those who have been bereaved, and those who are carers for people who are terminally ill.

SV2: Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence: Counselling male and female victims of sexual violence.

Difficulties I have also successfully worked with include: Relationship problems, Work related issues, Bereavement, Loss, Self-Esteem, Depression, Generalised Anxiety, Stress, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Substance Abuse, PTSD, OCD, Sexual Orientation, Self Harm, and Sudden Bereavement from Suicide.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Childhood Sexual Abuse. Rape. Serious Sexual Assault. Historical Rape. Historical Childhood Sexual Abuse. Domestic Abuse. Domestic violence. Sexual Violence. Telephone Counselling. Email Counselling. Skype Counselling.

Photos & videos

  • Garden Therapy Room
  • Garden Therapy Room
  • Garden Therapy Room
  • Garden Therapy Room
  • Garden Therapy Room
  • Garden Therapy Room


Counselling sessions last for one hour unless otherwise stated:

Fee's £45.00 per one hour session for individual clients and couples.

Payment is made at the end of each session or via BACS Transfer in advance of a session. Blocks of sessions may also be paid for in advance.

By special arrangement:  90min sessions are available for complex issues and couple therapy.
Fee's are £60.00 per one and a half hour session.

Skype Counselling
fee's are £45 per one hour session. (Payment is made in advance via Bacs transfer)

Telephone Counselling fee's are £45 per one hour session. (Payment is made in advance via Bacs transfer)

Email Counselling fee's are £40 per email reply. (Payment is made in advance via Bacs transfer)

Further information

I am a fully qualified and highly experienced integrative therapeutic counsellor, and am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. (BACP) adhering to the BACP's code of ethics.

I have worked successfully with a wide and diverse range of emotional and psychological issues, and am highly professional in my approach. I endeavour to make my counselling practice non-intimidating, and to promote an environment which is, at once, both a warm and safe place to share your difficulties whilst gaining insight and understanding in how to manage those difficulties towards a desired outcome.

Studies show that the (therapeutic) relationship between you and your counsellor is at the basis of all effective therapy. This is achieved by building trust using empathy and integrity which I maintain at all times. I recognise individuality and work with each persons personality to suit their situation and specific needs.

Each individual is offered a regular time and place within which they can work through their problems/difficulties in a supportive environment that is confidential, dependable, safe, and free from interruption.

Maps & Directions

High Peak, SK23

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


Face to face appointments are available between the hours of 9am and 7pm Monday to Saturday. Telephone or Skype appointments are more flexible and can be at your convenience.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults