Hello and a very warm welcome to you!
I’m Ruth, I am a counsellor & psychotherapist based in Astley, Greater Manchester. I have many years of clinical experience, in a range of therapeutic settings, and love what I do!
People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are experiencing difficulty with knowing what your feelings are. Or are struggling to express them. Alternately, you may be feeling very disconnected, unfulfilled or empty. Maybe you are confused about who you are, or what you want from life, and this prevents you from living in the moment. Are you trying to cope with an adverse life event, or is there just the sense that things are not right?
It can be difficult to know if therapy can help you, particularly if this is your first time. Seeking therapy can be so daunting that taking that first step to make contact can be difficult. Many people come to therapy not knowing what to expect and I understand that finding the right therapist is especially important. Essentially, you need to feel at ease with the therapist you choose. From first-hand experience, these are all perfectly normal concerns.
How I work?
I provide a warm, human and professional service, in a safe and supportive, non-judgmental environment. I value your worth as an individual, which is expressed through my continued efforts to build a trusting, therapeutic relationship. I believe that this therapeutic relationship is a collaborative process in which we work together to best meet your individual needs. I work as an integrative counsellor. This means that I can combine ideas and insights, drawn from different counselling theories, in order to tailor sessions that will best support you. This approach supports my philosophy that each person is unique and that no single approach suits all. At no point will I tell you what to do. By offering you understanding, respect and acceptance, together we can explore the issues that are important to you, so that we can work towards a more positive future. I have a straight-forward, honest and caring attitude. My style of counselling, put simply, is about supporting you to gain perspective and understanding of how you think, feel and behave, how you approach difficulties in your life, and how you can feel more in control. I am passionate about supporting and empowering individuals to live a meaningful, purpose-filled life and I would welcome the opportunity in supporting you to live the best life possible.
How do sessions work?
Therapy sessions would be held face to face (or online via Zoom) on a one to one basis, lasting for one hour, can be a single one-off session, weekly or for a longer duration, all of which is negotiable to suit your needs. If you are unsure if counselling is for you, I can offer a free 10 minute telephone call to talk through any worries or concerns you may have and to see if I am the right person for you. Alternatively, booking an initial session can often help in your decision about whether therapy is right for you and there is no pressure or obligation to continue after the initial session.
What are the benefits of therapy?
- To give you a safe place to talk to a trained professional without judgement.
- To help you make sense of difficult feelings/emotions and to better support the understanding of yourself.
- To help you talk through an issue in order to gain clarity of the situation.
- To help you resolve complicated issues, or find ways to manage them.
- To help you recognise unhelpful patterns and/or behaviours, and find ways to change them (if you want to).
- To gain confidence in your relationships with others.
- To help you negotiate a difficult life transition.
- To gain confidence in embracing and expressing your feelings so that you can work toward repairing the inner-emptiness you may feel.
- To help you to undo criticism and enhance self-care.
Therapy can help you to better manage and cope with a number of things, including issues with relationships, bereavement, anger, stress, generalised anxiety, depression, issues with self-esteem and if you generally are feeling sad. This list is by no means exhaustive. Therapy can help with long-term physical health problems, difficult life events such as losing your job, divorce, trauma and many other issues. Sometimes, simply speaking to a professional can make all the difference.
Get in touch via email, text or telephone, whichever you feel most comfortable with, so that we can schedule a quick chat or get you booked in for your first appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Counselling – University of Manchester.
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies – University of Bolton.
BSc. (Hons) Psychology – The Open University.
Foundation Year in Systemic Practice and Family Therapy – Leeds University. Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling – Salford University. ACTO accredited Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling.
Before training as a counsellor and psychotherapist, I worked for almost twenty years as a Biomedical Scientist specialising in Microbiology for the NHS. Nowadays, in addition to offering private practice sessions at Lifeworks Therapy Lounge, I also work part-time as a counsellor with the emergency services. I have worked in a variety of settings, and with a wide range of individuals. I have experience working with the Samaritans, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust, NHS IAPT services providing counselling to children and young persons, in a Lancashire Drug and Alcohol service, in a variety of charitable sector settings and in a Tier 3 NHS weight management service. I have worked therapeutically with a diverse group of individuals, from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and who have been struggling with anxiety, family & relationship issues, depression, panic attacks, work-related problems, self-harm, sexual abuse, bereavement, anger, low self-esteem, loneliness, trauma, suicidal feelings and more. Although your issue/s may fit into one or more of these categories, I do believe everyone’s problems are unique and prefer not to use medicalised labels unless you want me to.
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 Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are charged at £55 per one hour session. Payment is due via bank transfer prior to each session or in cash during your session.
If you are unable to afford my full fee, I offer a limited number of places in my practice with reduced fee sessions - please feel free to ask.
I offer a free 10 minute telephone consultation to establish if I am the right therapist for you.
Sessions available on Thursdays & Fridays. I will be working online or by telephone during the current COVID lockdown.