Ruth McIlroy

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Reg NCPS (Snr Accred) Counsellor and Supervisor
Unavailable until 02/04/2024

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Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66
Unavailable until 02/04/2024

This professional is temporarily unavailable and will not be responding to enquiries until they return.

About me

You may be troubled by feeling constantly anxious, or experiencing low mood without really knowing why this is happening.

You may also be experiencing the after-effects of traumatic events or experiences in your life, for example disturbed sleep, flashbacks or pessimism about the future.

How can I help?

We will look the things you’d like to change. Which of these you can do something about, and which you can't easily change, and with which you hope to come to some kind of acceptance.

We’ll look at the things you tell may yourself (‘Other people are coping better than me’, ‘I'm worthless', ’Something bad is going to happen') and the deeper  beliefs, values and feelings about yourself that these come from. This will help build your resilience and develop habits of self-care.

We’ll look at ways of coping, gaining confidence and building supportive relationships, and explore how to become less controlled by your anxiety or low mood, and develop practical strategies of self-care.

If you are suffering from the after-effects of trauma, I can offer safe and effective ways of helping. I'm a qualified EMDR practitioner, and have long experience of working with trauma.

Talking things through with an attentive and trustworthy therapist can be a powerful support in helping you come to terms with your problems and move forward.

In our first session, we will introduce ourselves, talk about what your hopes and wishes for the counselling/therapy are, and you will have the chance to find out what it may feel like to work with me; likewise I will get a sense of what it is that is bringing you. After that, you are free to take as many sessions as you wish.

I work in person in Alnwick on Mondays to Wednesdays (daytime and early evening) and also work online on these days.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked in private practice since 2005 and I’ve taken great pleasure in seeing my clients find new and creative ways of living their lives.

I was an NHS staff counsellor for 10 years, working extensively with people suffering from low self-esteem/self-confidence, anxiety, work-related issues and the aftermath of trauma. I have been a counselling supervisor for several years. I am an EMDR Europe qualified practitioner.

My counselling and supervision work is rooted in a person-centered approach, which emphasises deepening the client's own understanding of themselves and what is troubling them, beginning to value themselves more, and developing the strength and capacity to deal with what is troubling them.

I have found that teaching/cultivating body awareness and other creative aspects of therapy are powerful paths to self discovery and personal growth.

My qualifications and professional affiliations

BSc(Hons)Person-Centred Psychotherapy

Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Skills

Post-Graduate Diploma in Supervision

EMDR Europe qualified practitioner

Registered NCPS (Snr Accred) Counsellor and Supervisor

Ruth McIlroy Reg NCPS (Snr Accred) Counsellor and Supervisor, MA(Hons),BSc(Hons)Person-Centered Psychotherapy,DipCouns,Adv.Dip CBT Skills,PG Dip Supervision,EMDR Europe qualified practitioner.

As a Senior Accredited Practitioner of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society, I am bound by its ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure. I hold full professional indemnity insurance.

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

In addition to general counselling, since 2005 I have been offering a specialist service for personal development, self development and support for those in the helping professions, NHS or caring professions, for example NHS staff, teachers, social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors.

I offer counselling supervision and have been a clinical supervisor for several years. I worked with health service professionals in workplace counselling and and staff counselling for 10 years. I am an EMDR Europe qualified practitioner.

As a supervisor, my approach to supervision is collaborative and collegial while gently challenging when appropriate. I'm a supervisor for practitioners who work in the person-centred or humanistic modalities, and in the helping professions.

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£45.00 - £50.00

Concessions offered for

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

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • WPA
  • BUPA

Additional information

Fees are on a sliding scale from £45-50 per session based on self-assessed disposable income. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Appointments can be scheduled at a frequency to suit your wishes.

Further information

I appear on the The Anti-Discrimination Race Aware Directory (

When face-to-face, I work from quiet, private consulting rooms.

Working online, I use equipment with firewalls, virus protection and password protection. 

Do contact me at or on 07880 864 354 for further details.

Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

The consultation room is up one flight of stairs. A ground level room is also possible, and this is accessible by most wheelchairs depending on their size; alternative premises are available if this is not so.

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NCPS(Snr Accred) Supervisor. I work in a relational, creative way, supporting your practice both collaboratively and in an enquiring/challenging mode.

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Ruth McIlroy
Ruth McIlroy