Ruth Fillery-Travis, MBACP
I am an experienced, Registered BACP Counsellor working online and by telephone with people who are experiencing stress, sadness, grief, facing discrimination or struggling with relationships and parenting. Whether you want to make more sense of your self or things that have happened to you, or you are looking to find a surer and safer path in life, I can help you find ways to overcome challenges and distress, and improve your relationship with yourself, others, and the wider world.
I work in a quiet, confidential therapy practice in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, south Manchester. I have a background in academia, and before becoming a therapist I gained a PhD. I have worked with clients from 10 years to 78 years old, and I am open minded and non-judgmental. I welcome people form all walks of life, and I offer therapy adapted to your specific needs and experiences.
How I work
Experiences in life, and changes in ourselves, can bring us to a place where we are distressed, overwhelmed and hurting. Feelings can spill out into our lives, and things can feel out of control. We can feel stuck in a cycle of negative feelings, thoughts and actions, or lost without choice as other people's needs and voices over-rule us. It can get to a point where we struggle to make sense of everything that's going on in our heads and hearts, and we feel isolated and alone, sad or numb.
I offer a place to make sense of what's happening and find a way through. I provide warm, compassionate and non-judgmental humanistic therapy to help reduce distress and improve your relationships and your experience of life. We can work together to look at both the root of your distress and your day-to-day experiences, in a safe environment that is tailored to your needs.
I believe in tailoring therapy to the individual, and I will always be guided by what is important to you. I can help you unpick and untangle the things that have you confused or stuck, help you find the answers you need to move forwards, and gain deeper self-understanding and efficacy. I am resilient, creative and analytical, and I can provide a deeply safe, valuing relationship, and also offer challenge and humour where beneficial.
I care about you and I will stand with you throughout your therapy. I am invested in your process and development, and you can trust me to hold the difficult things you might be bringing without judgement or blame, and in confidence. We can give counselling a structure if you need, or we can let things flow, and you can have as much space as you need. When we work together, there'll be no questionnaires or interrogations, and my focus will always be on your feelings, thoughts and needs. If you are looking for professional help with a real, human approach, I encourage you to get in contact with me.
Specific practice areas
I work with people from across the country, in many different stages of life, career and age, so don't feel that you need to be presenting with a specific issue to work with me - it's my job as a therapist to create a relationship where we can connect, where you can bring your troubles, and which promotes your wellbeing, whatever you are bringing. I will hold a safe and boundaried space for you, and I commit to always ensuring that I am suitably educated to support you; I will never rely on you to explain things to me.
It can sometimes be helpful to know that your therapist has specific experience, and so I find it useful to say that I have experience supporting people who are exploring ADHD, ASD and Autism, and Neurodiversity experiences and diagnoses. I welcome people looking to explore these identities, whether that is within or outside a formal diagnosis.
I also have a particular interest in supporting people who have previously received therapy, and in promoting therapy where you feel empowered to ask for what you want, and raise your concerns if you are not receiving that. I enjoy working with people who are looking to support and improve their assertiveness and confidence, be that at work or in relationships.
I offer appointments that work around you, and at the moment I have availability in the afternoon across the week. I usually work weekly, but depending on your circumstances and needs we can discuss fortnightly or twice-weekly sessions.
I am currently working exclusively online or by telephone. I'm happy to work with you in a way that works for you - with or without a webcam! Some people like video calls, some people find them hard work. I've been working on telephone and by video for a number of years, so we can work in whichever form feels most comfortable for you.
Getting in contact
You can find out more about me on my website, drop me an email, or call on 07378 344472 to discuss how I can help.
Sessions are £50, and each of my sessions last the standard 50mins. Payment is by bank transfer.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Registered (MBACP)
- PGDip (2 year postgraduate qualification) in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from the University of Brighton
- NCFE Level 2 and 3 certificates in counselling
- Pre-trial therapy trained
- PhD, MSc, and BA prior to qualifying as a counsellor
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Pre-trial therapy and support for those involved in a criminal investigation.
- LGBQTIA+ informed therapy
- Relationship diversity, e.g. polyamory
- Anti-racist practice
- Sexuality and gender exploratory and affirming therapy for asexual, aromantic and non-binary and questioning people.
- Mondays 10am-6pm
- Tuesdays 10am-6pm
- Wednesdays 10am-6pm
- Thursdays 11am-6pm