Ruth Osborne, Psychotherapist and Counsellor (BACP, BPC)
Essentially, counselling and psychotherapy offers us an opportunity to learn about ourselves. And no more so than when faced with the emotional challenges that are often part of everyday life.
At these times we may feel on our own, stuck and unsure of which way to turn. It may also be difficult to find someone we can trust and who will understand, or, in such a busy world, someone who has the time to listen.
This is when as a counsellor and a psychotherapist can help. I offer a caring, safe, respectful and confidential, space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. This can be done by considering your life experiences, but also who you are as a human being; your dreams, desires, values, aspirations and hopes for the future.
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are." C.G. Jung.
There are as many reasons for seeking counselling or psychotherapy as there are people. It might be that you have been feeling sad and upset for a while, or you may have experienced a recent stressful event. Or maybe you have noticed that your past and present experiences appear to be somehow interlinked and old patterns are getting in the way of the changes you want to make in your life.
Whichever are your concerns, I believe everyone, including you, is special and unique. Therefore, it is important to consider you as a whole and individual person, including the 'symptom' or the initial reason that led you to seek out counselling or therapy. It is also important to consider the community, in which you live and work, and the wider environment and world.
I believe, it is only through self-discovery and working out our difficulties, be that problems with relationships, depression, anxiety or stress that we get to learn about ourselves and truly understand how we want to live our life.
For those looking for counselling or psychotherapy in the Waterloo, London Bridge area or Central London, then I am conveniently situated on Southwark Bridge Road and at The Hop Exchange on Southwark Street. Both practices are easily accessed by London Bridge and Waterloo rail and tube stations, and Borough and Southwark tube stations. Also, nearby is the Tate Modern, Borough Market, London South Bank University, Mint Street Park and various cafes and restaurants.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully trained counsellor and psychotherapist. I completed a rigorous five year postgraduate psychotherapy training at Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF). This is one of the leading academic and clinical training institutions in the UK. The training is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the University of Roehampton.
I also have over twenty five years' experience of working with children, young people and their families, who have complex needs and have challenging lives. Much of this work took place in schools, pupil referral units and alternative education provisions, but also youth and community centres where I developed various community art projects and summer schemes.
My approach to counselling and psychotherapy focuses on you as a whole person and what you bring to each session, each week. With that in mind, we would then start to try to make sense of what lies underneath. This may not be easy, and it might mean that it takes time to come to terms with things. Hopefully, we then begin to discover new perspectives and possibilities.
I am a member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC), the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I abide by a strict ethical and professional code of conduct set out by the above organisations.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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The cost of counselling or therapy sessions is on a sliding scale, and dependant on your financial or personal situation. However, sessions usually start at £65 and with no upper limit. Fees are agreed at the beginning, along with your chosen method of payment, which includes either cash, cheque or bank transfer.
I do offer some reduced fee/low income appointments, but this is subject to availability.
Once I hear from you, I will contact you within one working day to arrange a time for us to talk on the phone. We will then arrange to meet for one or two initial consultations to discuss your particular needs and how we might best work together. The initial consultation fee is £70.
Once therapy or counselling has been agreed this time will be reserved just for you. Therefore payment for all sessions is essential, so as to offer security and consistency. However, you will not be charged for sessions when I am unavailable to meet with you, such as the summer break, Christmas and Easter holidays or other exceptional circumstances. In all cases, and where possible, you will be given plenty of notice.
If, during the initial consultation, you feel that therapy or counselling does not best suit your needs at this time, then I will endeavour to help you to seek out the most appropriate support. Also, once we start you can cancel your counselling or therapy sessions at any time. However, I do ask that you give four weeks’ notice so we have time to think about ending.
The only exceptions to keeping confidentiality could be where there is a risk of harm to yourself or others and requirements of law. In such circumstances I shall make every effort to talk to you about this first.
Maps & Directions
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