Ruth Maw

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Sevenoaks TN13 & London W1G
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About me

Hello.  I am a friendly, respectful and approachable therapist understanding the diversity and inclusivity required for the creation of safe and trusting relationships.  

I am an Accredited Psychotherapist/Counsellor, Accredited EMDR Practitioner and Attachment Informed EMDR Therapist. I also have a qualification in Psychotraumatology  and Life Coaching.  I have worked in mental health for 15 years and have a Private Practice in Harley Street, London and Sevenoaks.   I am experienced in working with emergency responders and military personnel and I am the Senior Counsellor and a supervisor at the London Fire Brigade practicing psychological trauma therapy in the treatment of PTSD and complex trauma. I have also worked in homicidal bereavement and was a Trauma Lead in a local NHS mental health team. 

Different aspects of stress, anxiety and depression are visible indicators and symptoms of an underlying issue. I am happy to support you to relieve your symptoms or I can provide the support and expertise to explore what is creating your symptoms.

I work with all aspects of emotional injury and my approach comes from a place of, respect, sensitivity and fairness. My experience comes from complex trauma work, personality disorder issues, work related stress, bereavement and loss, depression, low self-esteem and confidence, relationship issues, stress and anxiety.    I treat my clients with respect and in confidence focusing on your symptoms and cause. 

Our work begins with establishing a supportive and trusting relationship and I work holistically using a variety of models.

Psychotherapy - A talking based therapy to explore deeper past issues affecting the present.

Counselling  -  A therapy to talk through difficult  issues and reactions in your everyday life.

CBT  -  A solution based therapy to adjust and challenge thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

CBT Trauma Focused Therapy - A talking/exposure based treatment to target specific disturbing feelings in relation to past traumatic or overwhelming events.

EMDR  -  A trauma focused treatment for single or multiple trauma, approved by the NHS for the treatment of trauma/PTSD and other presentations such as phobias, anxiety etc.

Attachment Informed EMDR - An EMDR approach to desensitise and update unhelpful and inappropriate relational and environmental attachment issues from the past.

Life Coaching  -  A supportive and exploratory method to introduce new and innovative ways of functioning.

Whatever your experience, you have a fundamental right as a human being to live without emotional burden or baggage.  Our work together is the restoration of confidence, happiness and harmony in yourself and your environment.


My sessions are offered on a weekly or fortnightly basis.  The first appointment is your opportunity to decide if you think I can help you and if you feel comfortable working with me - which is a crucial part of the process.


The benefits are very personal and therefore extensive, but  below will give you an idea of some of the areas that can be addressed:

The reclaiming of who you are
Personal growth
Self awareness
Healing troubled emotions
Increased confidence
Release of unhelpful beliefs
Discovering solutions
Putting the past behind you
Dealing with a traumatic past

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I am an Accredited Psychotherapist/Counsellor and an Accredited EMDR and EMDR Attachment Informed Practitioner.  I also have qualifications in Life Coaching and Psychological Trauma Therapy.  EMDR is a psychological treatment approved by NICE for PTSD and accepted for use by the NHS.
  • I am a Member of the UKPTS (UK Psychological Trauma Society).
  • I am a Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
  • I am a Member of PODS (Positive Outcome for Dissociative Survivors)
  • I am a member if /ESTSS (European Society for Traumatic Studies)
  • I am trained in an integrative therapeutic approach, which means I have a variety of techniques in order to find the appropriate approach to suit individuals.  I have full professional indemnity insurance and  I am bound by the BACP code of ethics.
  • PG Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Accredited EMDR Practitioner Level I, II, III
  • EMDR Attachment Focused Practitioner
  • Advanced Diploma in Life Coaching
  • Certificated in Psychotraumatology.
  • Certificated in Trauma Therapy
  • City and Guilds Counselling - Level III
  • City and Guilds Counselling - Level II
  • City and Guilds Interpersoanl Skills

    My style of work focuses on the importance of a good working relationship between my client and myself, alongside this I use creative, visual, practical and auditory approaches to support the learning, understanding and rehabilitation we create  together.

    I continue to expand my knowledge by regularly attending workshops and training courses.  Some of the more recent one I have attended covered:-
    Complex Trauma
    Understanding anxiety
    Anger Management
    Self Harm
    Personality Disorder
    Bi-polar/Hearing Voices
    Substance Abuse
    Sexual Abuse

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£80.00 - £100.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA

Additional information


50 Minute sessions              £80.00-£100                                                                                      

                                                 £55.00 Low income/Students
                                                 10% discount Blue Light card holders


1 Hour Sessions                   £100-£120

                                               £75.00 Low income/Students                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               10% discount Blue Light card holders


1 Hour Sessions.                   £70                                                                                                           
                                                £55 Students 

When I work

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Further information

I enjoy working with people from a variey of backgrounds.   No matter what culture, sexual orientation, age or social environment nobody is discriminated against and you are accepted for who you are.

Appointments are available day time and evening on specified days.

Easy parking.  No disable access.

Central and accessible location in Harley Street and Sevenoaks.

Contact me by email or telephone and I will return your call as soon as I can.  However if I do not get back to you immediately please do not feel I have ignored you, I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3TQ

Ten Harley Street Ltd, 10 Harley Street, London, Greater London, W1G 9PF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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