Ruth Chaloner

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Reg M BACP, Adl Dip, CBT, Group Analysis Camb
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Woodstock OX20 & Clevedon BS21
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

With 20 years of practical experience as an independent therapist, including NHS primary care, I work with both individuals and groups at my clinics in Woodstock & Bladon Oxfordshire. I also offer online therapy and phone therapy for those unable to attend regular sessions in person. I occasionally offer home visits for those who are house bound.

I have training in many different methods of counselling including: CBT, Psychodynamic and Individual Psychology and Adlerian Counselling. I integrate these different techniques as I feel appropriate for my clients.

My work is suitable for solution-focused brief therapy as well as long-term counselling. As an integrative practitioner I also draw on other training such as Group Therapy, Bereavement Training and Addiction Training.

If you have any questions about my professional experience or current practice, Please contact me at or on one of the telephone numbers provided. All calls and messages are confidential.

Please tell me a little bit about the problem you are seeking help for and I will reply to you with a brief outline of the work I think we can work on together. If I do not think I can help you for any reason, I will do my best to refer you to someone who can. Together we can work on your problems and find ways to resolve them.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling, University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education
  • Diploma in Individual Psychology & Adlerian Counselling awarded by the Institute for Individual Psychology (an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
  • Foundation in Group analysis (Cambridge Institute of Group Analysis)
  • Staff Counsellor Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge
  • Counsellor at The Bridge, Addictions unit, Cambridge
  • Registered Member BACP

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work closely with actors and those studying acting


£50.00 - £120.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individual Therapy

For face to face therapy I charge a range of prices for the unemployed and those on a low wage, otherwise I charge a range between £50-100 per session

Group Therapy

I can accept payment by Cash, Bank Transfer or Debit/Credit Card

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

10am - 5pm weekdays

Further information

We all experience emotional difficulties in our lives, and generally, at these anxious times, we cope how we've always coped. Sometimes, however, this is not enough, and we need a safe, confidential and objective space in which to explore our feelings and issues.

Asking for help can be very difficult. Perhaps you feel embarrassed about it and feel that you should be able to cope without help. Maybe you feel there is something wrong with you and it is hard to imagine things can improve. This is when counselling can help.

If you are unsure whether counselling or psychotherapy is right for you, you're welcome to email me with any questions or concerns

Counselling offers you a safe and confidential space for you to explore your experiences and feelings. Often we can fall into automatic patterns of behaviour that in time cease to serve us well.

Counselling sessions typically look at the impact of your unconscious and conscious thoughts, and behaviour, on your way of being. Counselling encourages you to examine your ways of relating to others, as well as your feelings. In time, counselling can raise your self-awareness, which can help you to see your situation more clearly and restore your ability to choose. It also helps you to think about how you get stuck, and therefore how you can help yourself to experiment with finding new solutions or new ways of facing and overcoming your difficulties.

Counselling can help with many things too numerous to list here but including:

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Diversity
  • Domestic violence
  • Fertility
  • Loss
  • Mental illness
  • Parenting
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sexual issues
  • Stress

Counselling takes place in a quiet and confidential space, on a one-to-one basis. You will be provided with an hour a week in which to talk about whatever you would like. You will be listened to with great care and attention, and over time, I will work with you to help you to think about yourself and your experiences. I am not there to advise or judge you. In time, you will hopefully build up trust in our therapeutic relationship and find yourself able to talk about the issues and feelings that are worrying you.

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Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20

Clevedon, Somerset, BS21

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I offer Skype, FaceTime and Telephone therapy

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Ruth Chaloner
Ruth Chaloner