Ruth Smith- MA Counselling, Bsc Psychology, Psychotherapist & Counsellor.
I am an experienced and qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist. I work privately and confidentially with adults and young adults, and I am based near London Bridge. I believe that having a safe, non-judgemental space to explore who we are and how we experience the world around us, can give us the confidence to change and live the life we feel we
I can offer you support through either short-term counselling for six weeks, or longer term counselling which is open ended.
How may counselling help
There are many reasons that lead people to consider counselling. You may have a idea of why you are seeking help, or you may not know why you are feeling the way you do, and feel that you need someone to talk to. Regardless of your reasons for seeking support, I believe that everyone should feel valued, and have the opportunity to openly share their thoughts and feelings free of prejudice, or discrimination. I can offer you this, and give you the time to reflect and explore in greater depth what you are currently experiencing and help to give your life a new direction.
My counselling approach
As a psychotherapist, the counselling approach that I follow is driven by the experiences we have had in early life, influence how we see ourselves and behave in the present. Counselling explores the link between your past and present, enabling you to identify thoughts and behaviours that have shaped how you see yourself, and the world around you. By working with you, I will support you on your counselling journey, enabling you to regain control of your life. I understand that counselling can be a difficult and challenging process, and I want you to be reassured that work will be led by what you feel comfortable to share.
I offer an initial consultation to meet with you, and discuss if you would find my counselling approach beneficial to you. This is also an opportunity for you to raise any questions you may have about the process, and to finalise a counselling arrangement to suit you.
Attending an initial consultation does not mean that you are obligated to attend further sessions with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Counselling from Goldsmiths University.
- BSc in Psychology from John Moore's University.
As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their ethical codes of conduct and professional standards of practice. I also participate in regular continual professional development (CPD) training to enhance my practice and knowledge.
I have over five years experience counselling and working within a mental health organisation. I have a broad experience of developing and facilitating support groups focused on understanding depression, self-esteem, anxiety, managing fear and stress, and coping with loss and change, to help promote growth and enrichment in people's lives.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Consultation fee £35.00
Counselling session fee £50.00 (I do not want the fee to limit us from working together and, for you to get the help you want, I am open to discussing with you either before, or at the initial consultation, a fee that would be suitable for you based upon your financial circumstances).
I offer 50 minute weekly counselling sessions.
I understand that seeking counselling can seem daunting, particularly if this is a new experience for you. However, in considering counselling you have already begun to uncover the path that will help you on your journey of self-discovery, and finding out how to help yourself overcome obstacles.
If you feel that you would be interested in working with me, or if you have any questions please contact me via the email, or telephone link, or for further information see my website.
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