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Ruth Terry BA(Hons), BA, PGDip, MBACP

Tonbridge, KENT, TN9 1EP
07597 138530 07597 138530
Tonbridge, KENT, TN9 1EP

About me

Welcome. Contemplating beginning counselling is often the brave seed of hope is dark times. I work with people at times of loss, change & uncertainty about in their relationships, or because of trauma. Life brings enormous challenges at times we least expect, counselling can help. I work in a way that offers a safe, confidential, empathetic therapeutic relationship tailored just for you. Perhaps you're feeling sad, struggling, or in distress. Maybe it just feels like the right time to look at something in your life. Counselling can support you at this time in your life.

I am experienced in supporting clients through times of uncertainty, change and sadness. I believe counselling is a refuge in challenging times. This maybe a short term support, or longer term.
I offer a free, no obligation, first call prior to the first session where you can tell me about what you need.


What's happened? What do you make of it? How is that affecting you now?

You may be looking for some counselling to support you now during a crisis in your life, or perhaps you are ready to work on an old trauma. Sometimes it is hardest to share life's challenges with those closest to us. Counselling can be this support.
I offer a safe, empathetic & confidential therapeutic relationship. You'll find this imbued with acceptance, warmth, validation and enquiry. I believe individual therapy has the potential to be a meaningful refuge in challenging times. Counselling and Psychotherapy has transformative potential that is healing for your future.


Individual Therapy offers you a space each week for you to focus on your issues and needs. The focus of this time is you. The power of retelling the story of what is going on for us is well researched and evidenced as a healing act. This requires time & careful active listening. I am experienced in offering this.
The therapeutic work begins in session, but often the time between sessions a proves fertile time for processing and growth. Therapy can be the safe place for you to try something new, & to explore what that means for you.


Therapy can become a place you feel very safe. Each week when we meet I will listen to your experiences; how it was for you, what it meant for you then, and how it is impacting you now. In time we might look at what is 'behind' your story. As a Humanistic Psychotherapeuitc Counsellor I work carefully to ensure that I understand your sense of what is safe. Your pace, what you need to feel secure, is vital to our exploration what you are bringing to therapy.
Trust, empathy, patience and acceptance are the values that unpin the way I work, over seen by the BACP Code of Ethics I adhere to.

Training, qualifications & experience


trauma. identity. loss. purpose. relationships.

I have experience with; ADD/ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Autism, Alcohol, Boarding School Survivors, Bereavement, Betrayal, Child Abuse & Neglect, Chronic Pain, Depression, Identity, Loss, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Sexuality, Sexual Identity, Shame, Stress.

I run my private practice from a welcoming and secure central Tonbridge location. I volunteer at St. Wilfrid's Hospice offering short term counselling to bereaved families. Additionally I volunteer at As You Are Centre providing longer term psychotherapy for adults of all ages.

Qualifications & Professional Bodies

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • BA (HONS) with QTS
  • BA
  • MBACP 00930091
  • Enhanced DBS
  • ICO membership

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Identity
  • Trauma

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies


Each session costs £55.

The Initial Assessment, when we first meet, is charged at £35.

Further information

Before working as a therapist I taught in inner city schools, working alongside families with children with Special Needs, particularly ASD & ADHD. I've also worked creatively exploring identity, memory & loss. As such I have insight into the challenges feeling different can bring to life.

Thrive Beyond: Counselling & Psychotherapy
Riverside House
River Lawn Road

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

I am experienced in working with the LGBTQi community and with the ASD community.


Day time and evening appointments during the week.

Types of client

Older adults


Ruth Terry BA(Hons), BA, PGDip, MBACP

Ruth Terry BA(Hons), BA, PGDip, MBACP