Dr Ruth Femke Leathes, DClinPsych, CPsychol

Dr Ruth Femke Leathes, DClinPsych, CPsychol

1 Prospect Street

0118 968 0898

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About me

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and fully registered as a Practitioner Psychologist by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Therapeutic Approach
I specialise in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for adults and young people (of secondary school age). However, I regularly supplement CBT with other therapies for a more integrative approach, as is often necessary. I work using an holistic approach, helping my clients as a whole, rather than merely treating particular symptoms, unless of course such specific focus is preferred.

Psychological Difficulties I Work With
I provide therapy to support people experiencing any of the many challenges that can arise in life. I work with those who are trying to cope with stress, difficult life experiences, generalised anxiety and low self-esteem as well as those who are suffering from symptoms of more specific psychological disorder. I have expert experience in eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, depression and low self-esteem. I worked for the NHS in a specialist service for young people with the above difficulties. I have also completed specialist training in adult services.

Location and Clinic Details
I see clients at our my private consulting rooms at 1 Prospect Street in Caversham, North Reading. We have a number of psychologists working with me, and between us we can see clients at most time of the week from Monday morning through to Saturday afternoon, including all weekday evenings. 

Further Information
Our website www.leathespsychology.co.uk provides full details of our experience and the private practice we offer.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) is from Oxford University. My doctoral thesis explored the effectiveness of schema therapy (a form of cognitive therapy) for people suffering from Anorexia Nervosa. In doctoral training I undertook placements working with adults, children, older adults and people with learning disabilities. I chose to complete a specialist placement in an NHS adult eating disorders service.

Following qualification I have worked in a specialist NHS unit, offering individual, group and family therapy to young people as in-patients, day-patients and out-patients.

My NHS role focused primarily on eating disorders, OCD, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. I worked using CBT, systemic therapy, schema therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), in which Mindfulness plays a major role. Since qualifying from my doctorate I have trained fully in DBT and Mindfulness, and completed further training in CBT.

I also have both training and post-qualification experience working with psychosis, mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), trauma, bereavement and with people who have been abused.

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Registered / Accredited



I see people who are self-funding, or using private medical insurance. I am a registered provider of psychological services with the main private healthcare companies.

Standard fees are £105 per session. Further details, including a summary of what is included, are provided on our website.

Maps & Directions

Reading, RG4 8JB

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:

Types of client

Young people