Ruth Nightingale

Ruth Nightingale

Alpha House
100 Borough High Street
Greater London

07429 102887

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About me

I am a registered Gestalt Psychotherapist, running a professional service in Central London, with an interest in the developmental somatic experience of adults.

A number of years ago I realised I was still experiencing a fear that seemed disproportionate to my age and life experiences. I felt as though this fear belonged to a two year old, not to me – a successful, adult, business woman with experience working in hotels, running my own catering business and supporting other business owners.  I felt scared, stuck, low, hopeless, helpless....I knew I was stopping myself living my life fully and had to do something about it!

You may have experienced something similar in your life – well I found a way of dealing with my feelings and I can help you feel different too.

I also provide individual or group Supervision for trainees or qualified practitioners and am a Primary Tutor at Metanoia Institute on the Gestalt Psychotherapy MSc and Dip training.

Training, qualifications & experience

Whilst training as a Gestalt Psychotherapist at Metanoia I became interested in our movement in relation to other people we meet. As well as the words being spoken what else, unsaid, was being expressed?

I decided to enhance my Gestalt training with the Developmental Somatic Programme formulated and delivered by Ruella Frank, Ph. D. in the Center for Somatic Studies in New York City. This training focusses on the first year of life and how we develop our psychological attributes and relational patterns through fundamental movement patterns and inclinations. These ways of making contact we develop and refine through our lives and can provide us with a wealth of information to support our current ways of being.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Anxiety, worry, stress and panic attacks
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Problems with identity, self-esteem, feelings of emptiness and loneliness
  • Difficulties with direction in life
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression, low mood, suicidal feelings
  • Psychosomatic illness
  • Bereavement and feelings of loss


£60 to £80 per hour
Discounted rate available for long term work and some low cost spaces available, please enquire.

Further information

How is our past affecting our present?

What ways of being did we develop as children that we hold on to now, as adults?

How have we developed ourselves as adults?

As we grow and mature we don’t discard our childhood and suddenly become adults; the process of living is gradual and every experience and relationship throughout our lives becomes part of who we are.  I have heard many clients say ‘I shouldn’t feel like this now’!

We don’t fully understand the capacity of our brains but we all know that sometimes we become ill, sometimes our body, which includes our mind, fails us and we have to take time and find help to bring ourselves back to health; to fully function mentally and physically again; to live fully.

My work as a Gestalt Psychotherapist entails working in a therapeutic relationship with my clients as whole human beings, raising awareness of what is, staying with confusion, exploring, little by little, experiences on a sensing and emotional level.

My sessions with clients often involve us noticing and paying attention to physical sensations to inform us of our embodied relational experiences.  How do we respond to the other as whole human beings, particularly at times of stress?  This information can be crucial in understanding how we have learned to be with other people and what psychological attributes our creative adjustments are supporting.

How we are is not wrong - it is good to know!

Maps & Directions

London, SE1 1LB

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Individual and group supervision based on an integrative, relational approach.

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