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MBACP(Snr Accred) Psychotherapist and Supervisor

About me

I am currently working online, using Zoom.

I've been an NHS/private counsellor since 2005, working with people who are coming to counselling for a wide range of reasons, such as low self-esteem/self-confidence; anxiety; work-related issues; and general trauma.

I work in a relational and creative way. Talking things through with a warm, attentive and trustworthy counsellor can be a powerful support in helping you come to terms with difficulties and move forward.

In our first session, we will introduce ourselves, talk about what your hopes and wishes for the therapy are, and you will have the chance to find out what it feels like to talk to me; likewise I will get a sense of what it is that is bringing you to therapy.

You can say whether you prefer time-limited or open-ended therapy, and which approach you'd prefer - for example, more goal-oriented, or more free-format. We can start the therapy in this session. There is no commitment in coming to this initial session - you can decide at any point if you want to continue.

Some of the issues I work with

Anxiety and loss of confidence in yourself: many people become so generally anxious that they find it hard to go to work, or even to socialise or do everyday things they used to enjoy. Most find that exploring the roots of their anxious thoughts in a safe setting helps them to go out in the world again with more confidence.

Losing confidence in yourself can affect every aspect of your life, as you find your self-esteem plummeting into self-criticism. I help people explore the roots of this, ways to change this, so that confidence and self esteem return.

Work stress: This is a common experience, and as an ex-staff counsellor I am skilled in helping people to deal with bullying, redundancy, unreasonable workloads, being unable to switch off, feeling unconfident in their role, having problems or conflict with colleagues, or being unable to say no, among many other issues.

Difficulties with family members: If you're caught up in ongoing troubles at home, with partners or children or other relatives, you may feel overwhelmed by the situation and helpless to make things better. Coming along to counselling to talk through what's going on, in a calm and confidential space, can help you regain your perspective so that you can go back and have more confidence in taking positive actions to help yourself and family.

Trauma: I have worked over the years with people struggling with the after-effects of trauma. Revisiting the bad memories, in a safe and gentle way, where you remain in control al the time, is a very effective way to reduce symptoms. I am qualified in EMDR, which is an NHS-recommended treatment for trauma.

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 therapist 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 approach to both counselling and supervision is person-centered; I have an abiding interest in gestalt (in which I have a Foundation qualification), and in body-awareness therapies,.

My qualifications and professional affiliations

BSc(Hons)Person-Centred Psychotherapy

Dip Supervision

Registered MBACP(Snr Accred Practitioner and Snr Accred Supervisor)

Ruth McIlroy Reg MBACP(Snr Accred Pract, Snr Accred Sup),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 British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

In addition to general therapy, since 2005 I have been offering specialist therapy 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.


From £40.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Fees are on a sliding scale up to £50 per hour, based on self-assessed disposable income.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Available Mondays to Wednesdays. Appointments can be scheduled at a frequency to suit your needs and wishes.

Further information

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

I work Mondays to Wednesdays. When face-to-face, I work from quiet, private consulting rooms in West Sheffield (2.5 miles from city centre), with free parking and a good bus route close by. This is a welcoming environment, with disabled access.

Working online, I work in a private room, using equipment with firewalls, virus protection and password protection. I use Zoom.

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

Sheffield, S Yorks, S10

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

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In person

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

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