Ruth Lewis Clarke MA Cantab, Dipl. Psych.
I help clients who experience problems both in their external and internal worlds. When people experience prolonged sadness, meaninglessness, depression, anxiety, or other difficult feelings, it may be a result of having lost a part/parts of oneself. This results in the sense that 'something is missing'. Sometimes difficulties from childhood mean that parts of ourselves must be shut down in order that we may survive. But later in life this strategy no longer works. The journey of finding the missing pieces of oneself is a difficult, but most rewarding journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am registered and accredited as a psychotherapist with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). I trained at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London. The five year postgraduate diploma programme is accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
I now work in private practice in central London and Wimbledon. As part of my training, I worked at Kingston Women's Centre. I also worked at Living Well, offering psychotherapy to people with HIV. I undertook a psychiatric observational placement at The Maudsley Hospital, which gave me an insight into the mental health system, and have completed training in DSM-5 disorders. I am particularly interested in relationship problems and facilitate a weekend course entitled: "Blueprints to Relationship". Who we are is one side of the coin, how we relate to one another is the other side of the coin.
Before training as a psychotherapist, I worked in marketing, media and PR. In France I worked in an international business school, and in London for a global executive search firm, as well as working for international news organisations. I spent seven years living in Indianapolis, USA. With my background in business, as well as juggling the needs of family life, I bring an understanding of what it is like to try to balance two such different worlds.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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£60. Reduced rates also available.
I work in central and SW London. I work across all the major modalities (ie psychodynamic, humanistic and transpersonal). I work creatively, often working with dreams and the creative imagination. But above all I offer a safe, holding space for clients to explore their issues. Depending on what you need, I can offer short-term therapy – 12 weeks; or long-term therapy – usually about a year or longer. And therapy can be terminated at any time. To get started, phone or email me to set up an initial appointment to discuss what you want to get out of counselling. If you are happy to continue we will arrange a second appointment and arrange to meet weekly.