Ruth Gilbert UKCP Psychotherapist
I offer psychotherapy from a humanistic and integrative perspective. This means I work from an accepting and compassionate therapeutic practice to support you in understanding your inner world.
I am based in Shaftesbury, North Dorset (within easy reach of Motcombe, Gillingham, Blandford, Sturminster Newton, Tisbury and Fontmell Magna).
I respond to what you, as the client, bring to therapy. That might, at times, focus on day to day challenges and problems. At other times, you might share stories, memories, dreams and images. Sometimes it’s hard to find words to describe what we are feeling. In those times, if it feels right for you, we might use drawing, shapes or symbols to explore your experiences. Sometimes you might need silence…and therapy allows space for that too.
In all these ways, I aim to be sensitive to who you are and what you need.
Psychotherapy is not always easy or comfortable. It doesn’t provide easy fixes -but it does allow space to look at difficult issues, to feel what you really feel, to be heard and seen for who you are.
We each have our own memories and associations, our own emotional vocabulary. As a psychotherapist, I’m interested in this inner language. Together we can explore who you are and who you might become...
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA, Dip Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling/Middlesex University).
- Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCPC)
- Listening Skills Certificate (BCPC)
I am trained within a humanistic and integrative framework and am particularly interested in dialogical and intersubjective perspectives. This approach puts the relationship between client and therapist at the heart of the therapy.
As a psychotherapist, I regularly attend lectures, seminars and CPD training events.
I am especially interested in working therapeutically with stories and dreams and have training and experience in these fields.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are currently £45.00. I sometimes have some low-cost spaces available - please contact me if you would be interested in these.
Concessions offered for
Currently, due to Covid-19, I am generally working remotely with clients via video call or telephone.
I offer an initial brief phone call to discuss what you are looking for from therapy. I don't charge for this.