Ruth Donaldson RGN,PGDip. (COSCA, MBABCP)
I am a fully qualified cognitive behaviour therapist offering positive support and assistance to individuals in Lanark and the surrounding Clydesdale area. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy which focuses on issues occurring in the 'here and now' The therapist and client work collaboratively to identify and change unhelpful thoughts, behaviours and beliefs. Through the development of individual coping strategies and the promotion of emotional wellbeing, positive long-term outcomes should be achieved.
As well as being a therapist I am also a Registered General Nurse with 28 years’ experience. During my career, I have cared for patients with a wide variety of medical conditions. In particular, I have detailed training and experience in the care of patients with addiction and in the care of the elderly. I have seen people at their very worst physically and emotionally and I recognise the importance of caring for our mental health as well as our physical health.
For the purposes of my diploma I spent a considerable amount of time researching the difficulties facing teenagers in today’s society which are contributing to the current adolescent mental health crisis as well as the increased stress and anxiety being experienced by their parents. This is an area which interests me greatly.
I currently have an office in the Bloomgate Lanark for face to face sessions but I am equally happy to provide sessions online or over the phone .
My nursing background as well as my own life experiences enhance my therapeutic qualifications and mean I can deliver a high standard of CBT in an empathetic, confidential and non- judgemental way. If you are struggling with your mental health and feel you would like to speak to someone then please get in touch and I will help you facilitate positive change in your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training Qualification and Experience
- Registered General Nurse
- Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills (Strathclyde University)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork, A Cognitive Behavioural
- Mental Health First Aid
- PVG Disclosure Scheme
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
A session lasts for one hour and the amount of sessions required will be determined by myself and the client as the therapy progresses.
My fee is £30 per hour.