Dr G. Ruth Kidson
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This professional is available for new clients.
This professional is available for new clients.
People come to counselling for many reasons:
- some have no one to talk to
- some feel that no one is listening to them or understanding what they are saying
- some are tired of being given advice on how to resolve their problems
- some are having difficulty coping with a difficult situation or a sudden change
- some want to move on but are unsure how to do so
- some just feel lost
Whatever your reason - whether it’s one of the above or something completely different - I can promise you that:
- I will listen to you attentively and will do my best to understand what it is you are going through
- I will never judge you or tell you what I think you should do
- I will offer you support and a safe environment in which to talk
- I will do my best to help you to find your own answers and your own path through life
Everything you tell me is confidential.
I have experience of working with a wide range of problems - physical, emotional and spiritual. I have a good working knowledge of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Spiritualism.
I work in a humanistic (non-directive) way and believe whole-heartedly in the person-centred idea that each one of us has the ability to 'grow towards the light', and to develop and reach our potential.
While the person-centred approach forms the basis of how I work, I also use various creative therapies (such as art and visualisation) as well as elements of TA when appropriate. However, I believe it is up to you, the client, to lead the therapy - to regulate the pace at which progress is made and to accept or refuse methods of working that I offer. I also believe that the decision about what to focus on in any session should be yours and I will never try to persuade you to talk about something you are not ready or not willing to talk about.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics. To comply with this Code, I see a supervisor on a regular basis to discuss my client work but client anonymity is strictly preserved in supervision.
I have full professional insurance.
Before I trained as a counsellor, I was a doctor and have worked in several areas of medicine including general practice, women’s health and paediatrics.. I am a trained medical hypnotherapist and have a broad interest in complementary therapies. I have written several books on subjects including hypnotherapy, acupuncture and the treatment of insomnia.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked as a counsellor within an NHS general practice, seeing clients with a wide range of problems. I have also worked for an agency offering counselling to women and another agency offering counselling to male survivors of childhood sexual abuse or rape.
I work with individual clients on a short- or long-term basis and have experience of working with a wide range of issues including:
- abuse and trauma
- bereavement and loss
- disability and medical-related issues
- low self confidence
- low self esteem
- major life changes
- sexuality problems
- spiritual concerns
- stress and work issues
I work with all age groups from students to the elderly and with people of different ethnicities and sexual orientation.
Training & qualifications:
- M.B., B.S. - St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London
- M.Sc. in Social Medicine - London University
- Certificate in Nutrition Therapy - Institute for Optimum Nutrition
- Introductory, intermediate & advanced courses in medical hypnosis - British Association for Medical and Dental Hypnosis
- Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - West Kent College
- Diploma in Supervision - the Link Centre
I have undertaken additional training in subjects including:
- working with survivors of sexual abuse and rape
- working with PTSD
- working creatively with a sandtray
- working with problems dating back to childhood
- understanding eating disorders
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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.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
All sessions are 50 minutes long and will usually be at the same time on the same day each week.
supervision £45 for qualified counsellors and £30 for counselling students.
The number of sessions needed varies widely from client to client. Some may need only a few, but for long-standing or deep-rooted problems, a longer period of therapy may be needed. Because there are no hard and fast rules about how many sessions any one client will need, I will review your progress with you on a regular basis