" Listening is a matter of paying deep genuine attention- with eyes open and seeing, mind open and learning and heart open and feeling." Cooper and Sawaf.
This is the essence of my approach.
Hello and thank you for looking at my profile.
My name is Ruth and I have worked as a therapist for over 20 years-in private practice, and in the voluntary and public sectors. I undertake therapy with adults, couples and families, and am committed to working within an equal opportunities framework.
My aim is that together we will build a therapeutic relationship so that you feel safe enough to trust me with the challenges that you are currently experiencing. I bring compassion, warmth, integrity, respect and honesty to my work and recognise the importance of creativity, humour and constructive challenge in supporting you. In my practice, I support clients to develop understanding and resilience so that all can live fuller and happier lives.
My primary approach is person-centred talking therapy. However, I have also trained in an energy psychotherapy called Advanced Integrative Therapy. AIT works on the premise that our bodies as well as our minds carry the memories of everything that we have experienced - our joys and triumphs as well as any traumas that we have been through. We therefore include the body in the therapy, accessing its wisdom to remove trauma/old patterns that may be blocking our potential. AIT is a very gentle and effective approach and I offer it as part of the therapy to all clients.
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Membership: Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Qualifications: Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (2000) (BACP Accredited)
Post-Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy (2002)
MA in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (2007) Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
Other Training: AIT (Advanced Integrative Therapy) Training Seminars: Basics, MAP, Multi-Causal Illness, Presence and Dissociation,Depths.
Some of the issues I have worked with include: depression, anxiety, self esteem, stress, anger management, relationship difficulties, separation, loss, bereavement, parenting, infertility and childlessness. I have also worked with difficulties with long-term illness, sexuality, domestic violence and abuse, work issues, redundancy, eating issues and addictions.
All therapists are obliged to undertake personal therapy as part of their training. I have benefitted from therapy and use my experience to support others to overcome their own difficulties and to notice when the past influences the present and impacts on their lives and relationships.
I am also attend regular supervision which I undertake on a fortnightly basis. All client information is anonymised in order to respect client confidentiality.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
I offer a free 30-minute phone consultation to potential clients.
I charge £55 for a 60-minute session and £65 for 90-minute AIT sessions.
I usually suggest that we start with 60-minute talking therapy sessions. All AIT sessions are 90-minutes in duration.
I charge £80 for couple or family therapy, which are always 90-minute sessions.
I have some spaces available at a concessionary rate for those who are in receipt of benefits and for students.
I do not charge for sessions that are cancelled provided that 48 hours notice has been given.
Please feel free to contact me to find out more.
I look forward to hearing from you.
In my personal life, I enjoy dancing, singing, meditation, travelling and hiking.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|