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About me

I am a registered and experienced BACP counsellor and Licensed Practitioner in Eating Disorders with an integrative relational orientation, who works both indoors and, for those who prefer, outdoors in nature. I also offer telephone and online counselling. Wherever you choose our work to take place, I invite you to be with me to help you to talk about what is troubling you. I listen carefully, making no judgements and helping you to make better sense of your emotions and thoughts. I help you see patterns and recognise how these impact on your life. We explore meanings and relationships with others and I help you clarify and strengthen your sense of self.

I know it can be hard to work out who is the right counsellor for you and which therapy to take. This is why I suggest booking a single starter session with me with no obligation to come again. This will help you decide if we are a ‘good fit’ and gives you the chance to talk about what you would like to get from your counselling experience. I offer both short and long term counselling.

This flexible yet supportive, approachable, and down to earth approach to counselling reflects who I am in our work together. And I feel that this ‘simply talking, exploring and being truly heard’ can be helpful, enabling you to feel more vital, connected and valued, ready to live your life to the full.

I have enhanced DBS clearance and am fully insured. I have regular supervision to ensure best practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (Level 7 with merit)
  • Facilitator in Eco-Psychology and Nature-Based Practice
  • Postgraduate Advanced Certificate in Eating Disorders
  • Licensed Practitioner for the psycho-educational programme, 'Understanding your Eating'
  • Addiction and Substance Abuse 1 (The Swan Project)
  • Addiction and Substance Abuse 2 (The Swan Project)
  • Treating Trauma (NICABM)
  • Trauma: why the vagal system holds the key to trauma (NICABM)
  • Working with Core Beliefs of Never Good Enough (NICABM)
  • Shame (The Swan Project)
  • Nature, Health and Well-being / Green Care (Natural Academy)
  • Natural Healing and Development (Natural Academy)
  • Deeper Nature & Spiritual Development (Natural Academy)

In my private practice and in organisational settings, I have worked with adults of all ages, adapting my practice to suit the needs of the work and the client. For example, I include art-based work as well as nature-based work. My experience in counselling individuals includes the following: anxiety, bereavement, loss, and grief, bullying, change and transition, low confidence and self esteem, culture shock, isolation and identity, depression, disordered eating, divorce, domestic abuse, dependency (substance, alcohol and relational), family issues, fear, illness, life changes, personal development, relationships and stress.

In addition to my private counselling practice, I have worked in a number of different professional and academic contexts. I have extensive experience as a pastoral tutor with young adults in a university setting as well as pastoral and professional care of adults in work-based settings in the UK and in a number of different areas of the world.

​I also hold an enhanced DBS certificate.

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
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

From £45.00 to £70.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£45 per hour for in office or online counselling. 

£70 per hour for nature-based work, which takes place fortnightly and is inclusive of self reflection materials. 

Reduced rate for students and NHS staff.

Further information

I have significant experience as a pastoral and academic tutor for young people at several universities.

I offer sessions outdoors, too, for clients who prefer to work in natural outdoor settings.

I also offer telephone and online counselling.

82 Colston Street
Bristol
BS1 5BB

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

My office is up two flights of stairs.

Languages offered

Italian

Ruth Taylor (MBACP)

Ruth Taylor (MBACP)