About me

With 15 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 ruth@woodstockcounselling.co.uk 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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work closely with actors and those studying acting


£75.00 per session

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 £95 per hour for one-off sessions of 50 minutes. 100 Minute appointments are charged at £150

Group Therapy

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


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

10am - 2pm, 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.

Read here about some of the most common myths surrounding counselling.

Here is a helpful guide to some of the things you might bear in mind when deciding whether to start counselling or not.



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

I offer Skype, FaceTime and Telephone therapy


Ruth Chaloner

Ruth Chaloner