Ruth Bridges MBACP (Reg.) MA Counselling

Ruth Bridges MBACP (Reg.) MA Counselling



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About me

I’m an experienced Person-Centred Counsellor offering long and short-term (1-1) Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment in the Penrith area of Cumbria - having previously worked for ten years within the Chester and Nantwich areas of Cheshire.

I provide a warm and facilitative therapeutic environment within which you can move towards deeper self-understanding and emotional well-being. I have a strong appreciation of what it is to be human and hurting and I work with the deepest sensitivity and compassion. I find it a great honour to be with my clients and offer high levels of empathy, understanding and respect.

Informed by my own experiences, I am acutely aware of the impact of physical and emotional pain. I’ve worked with clients through relationship difficulties, loss and grief, anxiety and depression, trauma, serious illness, and at the end of life (Macmillan) - this is an area of counselling very close to my heart.

I’m a full and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – BACP and am bound by its ‘Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions’ (2018). In accordance with professional guidelines I have regular supervision within a professional context.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have an MA in Counselling Studies, PgDip in Counselling and a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. I am a full/registered member of the BACP (MBACP Reg.) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

I have many years' experience working with children and adults in education, health and community settings. From 2006 until I re-located to Cumbria in 2015, much of my therapeutic work was with Macmillan providing counselling to patients, carers and nursing staff; I also had private and clinic-based practices offering Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment.

Alongside my work with clients I have considerable experience training counsellors. I am currently Programme Leader of the MA/PgD Counselling & Psychotherapy at the University of Cumbria.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Acute and chronic illness

End of life/dying


For all my services I offer an initial (no obligation) 45-minute consultation — free of charge. Thereafter (subject to annual review - January) my fees are:

Counselling — £40 per session (1 hour)

Spiritual Accompaniment — £30 per hour

I accept payment by cash, cheque or direct ‘bacs’ transfer — receipts are given.

Further information

If you live in the Penrith or North Lakes area of Cumbria and feel you might want to explore Counselling or Spiritual Accompaniment but you are not quite sure, please feel free to drop me an e-mail or text to arrange an initial 'phonecall to talk through possibilities.

You will then be offered the opportunity to book a no obligation, initial meeting (free of charge). This first meeting offers time for you to talk through what you feel you might want from counselling, for us to agree an initial working contract and (importantly!) to see if we might work well together.

I welcome and respond swiftly to all enquiries and will happily answer any questions you may have.

Maps & Directions

Penrith, CA11

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Subject to availability, I currently offer evening appointments on Thursdays and Fridays (6pm-9pm). I also have some availability during the weekend - please contact me to discuss.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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