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 but I can access facilities across Clydesdale if transport is an issue. I also currently work for a local community charity providing therapy for individuals in rural South Lanarkshire struggling with a variety of mental health issues including anxiety and depression.
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I would be able to arrange premises with suitable disabled access.
Please contact me to arrange an appointment.
Types of client