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About me

I am a warm and approachable, experienced, BACP registered counsellor. I believe that a non-threatening, empathic and accepting therapeutic relationship, with a therapist who is open and transparent, is the basis for therapeutic change.

You might want to explore a specific issue or may feel that something is not quite right but are not sure what you are looking for. I will help you identify, understand and address your difficulties and to engage with your choices.

I will listen attentively, without judging you or wanting to direct you to a certain outcome. Bringing clarity to those aspects with which you are struggling, will enable you to decide how to manage your life and meet life's challenges with greater awareness of your resources and strengths. What works for one person may not work for another and my approach is therefore tailored to your needs.

I understand that taking the step to see a counsellor may feel daunting. If you decide to take that step you might find that feeling accepted for who you are, feeling heard and understood and not judged for what you feel or think, does help.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling, Middlesex University

Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, Metanoia Institute

Alongside my private practice, I am currently working at a London NHS trust where I see people who have been affected by a diagnosis of cancer. I have previously worked at a GP practice and in different counselling agencies where I have worked with clients on a large variety of issues, including anxiety, bereavement and loss,  depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues.

I am a naturalised German immigrant and have worked an lived in different countries before settling in the UK over 36 years ago. This gives me an awareness of cultural diversity and of different issues and feelings, such as feelings of isolation and loss of identity, which may occur after having uprooted to a new environment.

All of this work has helped me to deepen my understanding of my own practice.

I am a registered member of the BACP and committed to its Ethical Framework in my work. I am also committed to continued professional development.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

£60.00 per session

Additional information

Initial Session: £50,- (for 50 minutes)

Individual Sessions: £60,- (for 50 minutes)

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

335 City Road
London
EC1V 1LJ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

Key details

DBS checked

Languages offered

German

Online platforms

Zoom
Ruth Richardson BA(Hons), MBACP

Ruth Richardson BA(Hons), MBACP