MBACP Reg BA(HONS), Qualified OnLine Relationship & Trauma
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Would counselling help me ?
Are you experiencing life as stressful, anxious and exhausting, does this lead to sleep and relationship issues and coping means you over eat or restrict your eating, or have other coping mechanisms drinking, gambling, sex, porn or love addictions
Are you experiencing a general dissatisfaction with life, feeling bored, isolated are these feelings leading you into low mood feeling sad and depression. Does this affect your relationships Did the recent covid-19 pandemic effect you ?
Maybe unresolved child hood issues or trauma past or present left unprocessed is preventing you from enjoying a better life and reaching your full potential
How could my skills and experience help you with individual therapy
I have 15 years experience as a skilled person centred/ integrative counsellor/therapist.
Working with individual and couples and offering clinical supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists. From my professional and comfortable practice in Chelmsford Town Centre and Colchester Town Centre.
I hold a BA (hons) Degree, and have 10,000 therapeutic hours of practice. I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework
My therapeutic approach is integrative. I offer a non judgemental, empathic warm confidential safe space for you the client to explore your issues and concerns. Building on trust and relational communication skills to develop your inner resources and build confidence and self esteem.
Being integrative means I have a variety of skills like person centred, CBT, psychodynamic, short term solution focused, somatic body trauma therapy exploring trauma held within the body & causing pain, unrecognised by the medical profession, mindfulness, relaxation and visualisation techniques to manage stress and anxiety.
I am a relationship therapist trained in Interactional Systemic Relational Therapy
Could Relationship Therapy help me
It could enable you to get your relationship back on the right path, or agree to work together towards an amicable break up.
Exploring communication issues and managing conflict, affairs, compulsivity with sex and porn, separation, loss and divorce.
Relationship therapy can offer insight and awareness around communication issues, trust and patterns within the relationship dynamic.
Together, we would assess what has brought you both into therapy and I will facilitate both of you to listen and talk about your issues, and with you both develop strategies to resolve these issues.
Each client and couple are unique and I will meet you where you are with whatever issues, problem or conflict you bring to therapy. You are unique and together we will establish a focus/strategy to move you forward towards your goals.
' to get you to where you want to be and who you want to be'
I have experience in varies settings:-
- NHS, as a GP Practice Counsellor,
With a national mental health charity, MIND
- I was counselling coordinator for an adolescent services, 15-21
- A sexual violence and childhood abuse organisation trauma services for women and men.
- A eating disorders charity working with restricted and over eating issues
- A cancer centre with life changing illnesses
- A London based bereavement & grief therapy service
- in private practice in Chelmsford & Colchester.offering short/brief term solution focused or long term psychotherapy.
- Essex Mediation Services trained relationship counsellor/psychotherapist working with relationship issues and separation, divorce and reconciliation
- Qualified in Online therapy & Supervision with a ACTO registered organisation.
- I offer therapy/supervision via a secure video platform, (IM) 0r emails
- I am passionate about therapy and specialise in anxiety, generalised anxiety disorders, panic disorders, bereavement, grief and loss, anger issues, work related stress, feeling overwhelmed and out of control, depression, feeling sad, early childhood sexual abuse/emotional neglect/trauma, sexual abuse, attachment issues, postnatal depression.
- Loss of health, and impact on self and family relationships
- post trauma stress disorders, binge eating and eating disorders & I have experience of working with adolescent issues self harm, bullying, online and via social media, OCD, addiction issues.
- I can support you with bipolar, dissociative disorders, narcissistic personality disorders, borderline personality disorders.
- panic attacks, & diagnosis of PTSD, DID's & BPD's Bipolar Mood Disorders, non-specific pain syndromes & fibromyalgia also ME & Lymes Disease.
INTRODUCTORY OFFER ONLINE THERAPY £40 per session AND SUPERVISION from £60
Using a secure online video platform like Vsee or Zoom from the comfort & privacy of your own home or the convenience of your own office
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (hons) degree from ESSEX UNIVERSITY in Counselling Studies
Diploma in Person Centred (Humanistic) Counselling Colchester Institute
Diploma in On Line Supervision and E Counselling Stage 1 & 2
Certificate & Diploma in Supervision BACP approved course
Certificate in Interactional Systemic Relational therapy 8 years experience working with couples and families.
Trained in safeguarding, in Self harm, bullying, suicidal issues, loss & bereavement, neuroscience & attachment theory. Relationship group dynamics.
Fully Trained in Somatic Body Trauma & 1st & 2nd degree trauma therefore I am trained in stabilisation of acute anxiety, trauma & PTSD, phobias, nightmares & panic disorders,
I am fully trained and experienced in working with the trauma of sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse and early childhood emotional and physical neglect.
I am fully trained and experienced in working with 15-25 year old and their related adolescent issues.
I am fully trained in working with eating disorders and body image and weigh issues.
I offer private Confidential relationship Counselling & Individual Therapy, in a therapeutic setting.
I also offer Life Directional Consultations enabling client's to gain another perspective to move ahead in life after a life changing event like, bereavement, relationship breakdowns, illness & retirement issues.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
BRIEF SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY 6 SESSION
TO MANAGE AND IMPROVE:-
STRESS, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, WEIGHT AND EATING ISSUES
INSECURITIES, JEALOSIES AND REJECTION AND ABANDONMENT ISSUES
LOW SELF ESTEEM AND CONFIDENCE.
USING PROBLEM SOLVING STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES WHICH I CAN TEACH YOU TO USE TO MANAGE YOUR ISSUES.
From £45.00 to £80.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
What to expect when you contact me
- I will respond promptly, by email, text or phone whichever you prefer
- I will offer to call you (at a time that suits you) for a brief confidential, no obligation discussion
- then if you decide you would like to proceed we can arrange a free 30 minute face to face consultation.
- At my Chelmsford or Colchester practice their is ample parking nearby.
- Or you may want to arrange telephone counselling sessions or home visit's
- FEES are:
INDIVIDUAL Face TO Face THERAPY: From £45
COUPLE COUNSELLING: From £80 per 1.hr session
TELEPHONE COUNSELLING SESSIONS: £35
ONLINE THERAPY USING A SECURE SITE VSEE OR ZOOM FROM £35
10% Discount for NHS, Forces or Teachers
DIPLOMA IN ONLINE THERAPY & SUPERVISION stage 1 & 2 (80 hours)
SOMATIC BODY TRAUMA THERAPY
trained by Babette Rothschild author of The Body Keeps The Score
initial assessment from £45 then £35
CONCESSIONS for low waged & students and trainee/ recently qualified counsellors
CRITICAL DEBRIEFING group therapy from: £75 per hour
An Initial assessment with the couple will enable exploration of what issues have led the couple to seek therapy, and a confidential contract will enable facilitation to enhance, develop manage and resolve communication issues & enable the couple to move forward with better communication skills to create harmony in their relationship.
CLINICAL SUPERVSION FROM £60 FACE TO FACE OR ONLINE
reductions for student or recently qualified counsellor's £45
When I work
About me Ruth Dowding MBACP Registered with the BACP Certificate of Proficiency (15years)
Before I trained as a counsellor I had a 15 year career in the public and private sector in London.
I managed teams of professionals working on various long term and short term projects.
I offered motivation and encouragement, developed my teams skills and achieved positive outcomes.
On changing my career path, I brought these professional qualities to my therapeutic role the ability to maintain boundaries of confidentiality, be ethical manage a team in a professional caring, safe way enabling others to reach their full potential. Set goals and maintain a focus and Get results !
I uphold the belief of self determination and that most client's with a good therapist, the right therapeutic conditions, enabling support, better communication skills and coping strategies can develop inner self belief and trust to 'get to who you want to be, and where you want to be in their life'
Call me now and discuss a free 15 minute telephone or one to one assessment
Or maybe you would be interested in my workshops on
Build Confidence and Self esteem
How To Develop Trust in Self and better Self Belief.
Better Communication in Relationships.
Relationship training Getting the Loving Relationship you want