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I am experienced in working with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties & abuse. I will help you to explore your problems & find ways of dealing with the difficulties you are facing so you can deal with challenges & live in a satisfying way. Together we will explore & consider the difficulties that you are facing & understand why you feel the way you do & what lies behind the problems you are experiencing. The aim is to help you find ways of dealing with the difficulties you are going through, providing an opportunity for you to work towards living in a more satisfying way where you feel more able to cope with life’s challenges.

Life can often be confusing, distressing and at times overwhelming. It can create anxiety, anger and unhappiness. You may be feeling stuck or as if problems are insurmountable. There are times in all our lives when we experience distressing events or feelings which seem overwhelming. Sometimes we have no idea what is making us feel the way we do. All we know is that life has become distressing, or even intolerable. It could be at these times talking therapy may be a helpful option.

I understand the thought of meeting with a therapist can be daunting but many of us feel the need for additional support at some point in our lives. Talking through concerns with a trained professional can help you to understand yourself better enable you to feel more able to make confident decisive choices about your life.

Currently I am providing counselling online using Zoom and Skype, which I will review as government guidelines change. I aim to also provide face to face counselling as soon as is practical.

Within the privacy of the weekly sessions, it becomes possible to identify those patterns of behaviour which we keep repeating, causing difficulties in our lives. As we become aware of these unhelpful destructive patterns, & address the feelings they stir up, we can begin to see a shift in our perspective. With this clarity & understanding we can have more choices about what to do next & develop the confidence to manage our lives more effectively & it becomes possible make lasting changes. My role will be to support you to gain insight into your past history & how it has had a significant influence your life today. During the sessions, ideas, thoughts, & feelings can be aired in a non-judgemental & confidential setting. This allows unconscious thoughts, feelings & memories to surface & be worked through. The process leads to a deeper understanding of  feelings, thoughts & behaviour & how you relate to others. This self-awareness & self-acceptance will foster improved & expanded life choices, thereby improving emotional well-being & functioning in life,  enabling you to understand yourself better & find a life-path and choices that work best for you.

I am a psychodynamically trained practitioner. Psychodynamic therapy is a therapeutic process which helps us understand and resolve problems by increasing awareness of our inner world & its influence over relationships both past & present. It differs from most other therapies in aiming for deep seated change in personality & emotional development.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc (Hons) City University
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching (Birkbeck)
  • Trained and experienced mediator.
  • Over 30 years experience working in Health and Social Care sector

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Fees

Additional information

£45-£70 per weekly session

Paddington West London
W2

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Ruth Fitzgerald

Ruth Fitzgerald