Dr Ruth Femke Leathes
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).
I specialise in Schema Therapy for adults. 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 private consulting rooms at 23 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.
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 am fully trained in Schema Therapy and am and Advanced Accredited Schema Therapist with the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).
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.
Alongside my therapeutic work, I provide supervision to other Schema Therapists and teaching at Oxford University.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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.