Ruth Galloway-Kirkland Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

Accredited Counsellor & Supervisor, EMDR Therapist, CISM

About me

I offer one-to-one counselling, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), counselling supervision, occupational supervision, Critical Incident Stress Management, training days and a sleep clinic. I run a waitlist for online therapy, and can work with clients based outside of the UK.


Have you had a recent difficult experience? Maybe you’re in the midst of one now? Perhaps you wish to explore your present situation in the here and now, or maybe you hope to reflect on your past experiences. I can work with you in your exploration, to support you to make sense of your feelings and thoughts, and your behaviours and relationships. I am trained in EMDR as well as psychodynamic and person-centred counselling modalities - simply, we will link your past experiences to your present choices, whilst focusing on exactly what you need in this moment.

My counselling practice is trauma-informed which means with you, I will be encouraging you to trust, and pay attention to, your body’s emotional wisdom, and building your sense of safety (in your external world as well as within yourself) before working with difficult or painful experiences or trauma memories.

I will facilitate your processing of your experiences and trauma, using both talk therapy, and where appropriate, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), and support your work on integrating your memories and experiences, in order to move forward with your life. We may use a number of creative resources together to develop awareness of your feelings. I look forward to meeting with you. Contact me today to arrange an appointment.


Counselling Supervision is a dynamic, collaborative space in which to think about, and feel, your client work. For counsellors and psychotherapists supervision is an essential and integral part of our work. Many other professions are starting to recognise and experience the benefit of having Occupational Supervision, a dedicated safe and confidential space in which to process client or patient work.

It is where we keep our clients best interests at the forefront of our discussion but also where we can recognise and acknowledge our feelings and responses to the narratives we hear from those we work with.  In Counselling Supervision and Occupational Supervision I will support you to be courageous in your client work, and gently challenge you in this too.  Supervision is a space of growth and transformation. I work in the dialogue between Psychodynamic and Person Centred modalities, encouraging you to see the connections between past and present, and the patterns in your client's experiences.  We will observe parallel processes occurring within our own sessions, allowing you to look at your work through a different lens.

​Much of my clinical work has been with high risk client groups (prison, substance use with co-occurring physical and mental health issues) providing me with a wealth of experience in working with safeguarding issues, and I can support you to find ethical ways forward should you be faced with complex safeguarding situations or ethical dilemmas.

Contact me today to discuss your supervision needs.

Sleep Clinic

Perhaps you are here because you find it really hard to get to sleep at night. Do racing thoughts keep you awake? Maybe you wake up many times through the night? I am trained to provide R.E.S.T. CBT for Insomnia.

For a multitude of sleep difficulties, R.E.S.T CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) can help. R.E.S.T is a bespoke treatment encompassing your Routines, Environment, Stimulation and Thoughts, personalised uniquely for you. Some sleep problems may be alleviated after only one session.

Contact me today to arrange your sleep assessment.


I, in conjunction with Alison Balfour, can provide the following three training courses as professional CPD for counsellors, psychotherapists, healthcare, private and third sector organisations.

Due to Covid restrictions, we are not running in-person trainings at this time. If you, or an organisation you work for, would like to attend any of these courses please get in touch and we can add your name to our interest list.

Working with People who use Substances

This one day experiential training explores:

·     How our values influence how we work with people who use substances

·     Dependencies

·     The change cycle

·     Substance awareness

·     Case studies

The Neurobiological Effects of Trauma

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and traumatic events can have a significant effect of all aspects of our development, especially our nervous system and brain. This one day training focusses on:

·     Neurobiology

·     Safety and stabilisation

·     Grounding Techniques

·     Recognising dissociation and dissociative disorders

·     Reconnection to self and others

·     Tools that can facilitate clients towards integration and inner connection

Safeguarding for Psychotherapists and Counsellors

Working with risk is an integral part of being a psychotherapeutic practitioner, however this is a subject that is often overlooked in psychotherapy training courses. This one day experiential course will give you confidence in:

·     Understanding why safeguarding is so important

·     Recognising risk

·     Recording risk

·     Reporting on, where appropriate

·     Case studies

Training, qualifications & experience

I have an MA(Hons) in Psychology and a PG Diploma in Counselling, both awarded by The University of Edinburgh. 

I have been practising since 2011. For many years, I managed a long-established specialist counselling service in Edinburgh specialising in Substance Use and Complex Trauma. I have a wealth of experience of managing complex safeguarding cases and ethical dilemmas.

I regularly provide training on:

  • Working With Substance Use
  • Safeguarding
  • Trauma

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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 Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • EMDR
  • Insomnia
  • Counselling Supervision
  • Occupational Supervision
  • CPD Training


Additional information

From £90 for a 50 minute counselling session.

Supervision £90 per hour

Sleep clinic - £150 for a sleep assessment, and £90 per 50 minute follow up session.

For group supervision or training enquiries please contact me to discuss your requirements.

Further information

I work particularly well with substance use issues, trauma and insomnia. 

Other areas of experience include:

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Gambling
  • Hoarding
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Women's Issues

Loanhead, EH20

Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh, EH12

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


In person

I offer supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists, doctors, health professionals, and lawyers.

View supervision profile