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About me

Do you need to talk to someone?

My name is Ruth and I am a fully qualified nurse and cognitive behavioural therapist offering positive support and assistance to individuals in Lanark and the surrounding Clydesdale area. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy which can help with a wide range of conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, addiction and phobias.   It focuses on issues occurring in the 'here and now' and you and I would work together to identify and change your negative and unhelpful thoughts, behaviours and beliefs. Through the development of individual coping strategies and the promotion of emotional wellbeing, positive long-term outcomes can be achieved.

Therapy can be the best thing you can decide to do for yourself, your life and your relationships. I have seen real positive change in clients in a matter of weeks.

I have thirty years of experience as a nurse.  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


Approach     (Scotacs)

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • PVG Disclosure Scheme

Member organisations

COSCA

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

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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

A session lasts for one hour and the amount of sessions required will be determined by myself and the client as the therapy progresses.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative

Fees

Additional information

My fee is £30 per hour.

Availability

I have availability at present. Please contact me by phone or email to arrange an appointment.

18A Bloomgate
Lanark
South Lanarkshire
ML11 9ET

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups

Key details

my room is not accessible for wheelchair users or individuals with mobility issues, however I also provide online or telephone therapy.

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Ruth Donaldson RGN,PGDip. (COSCA, MBABCP) Bloomgate CBT

Ruth Donaldson RGN,PGDip. (COSCA, MBABCP) Bloomgate CBT