Ruth Chaloner MBACP Reg
With 12 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work closely with actors and those studying acting
For face to face therapy I charge a range of prices for the unemployed and those on a low wage, otherwise I charge £75 per hour for one-off sessions of 50 minutes. 100 Minute appointments are charged at £130
For group therapy I charge £35 per 90 minute group session.
I can accept payment by Cash, Bank Transfer or Debit/Credit Card
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:
- Domestic violence
- Mental illness
- Relationship difficulties
- Sexual issues
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays including some evenings as required. Occasional Saturday if urgent.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|