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About me

I am a Psychotherapist offering therapeutic support to people during distressing times, and beyond. If you are feeling anxious or alone, due to bereavement or trauma, making time to be heard and understood by a safe and trusted counsellor can be supportive and healing. To find out if I might be the counsellor you want to work with please email me hello@thrivebeyondcounselling.co.uk      

Anxiety, Bereavement, Relationships

Feelings of anxiety and grief can feel as if the rug has been pulled from beneath everything you knew about your world. The feelings of confusion, anger, anxiety & distress overwhelm everything else. Even small familiar tasks & routines are experienced in a strange way. Whether your anxiety and distress is expected, or unforeseen, you may feel confused about how life is and shocked that your resilience seems to have vanished.
If you are in a relationship that is not working for you might be feeling very hurt, angry, alone or frightened. The person you share your life with may no longer seem to understand or be the right fit for you. This can feel devastating, anxiety provoking & unsafe. To be alone in a relationship is acutely painful. Confronting the longing to be loved & cherished, but finding you feel dismissed, abused or rejected is a deeply painful process.
You may be finding that an old trauma that you’ve lived with has surfaced. Life at the moment has added huge stresses making what was easier to carry within a huge strain now. Old wounds are painfully exhausting to carry, difficult to contemplate sharing and hard to imagine they can be overcome.

Counselling & Psychotherapy can help Even when surrounded by family &friends it can feel hard to share the full force of your experience of anxiety, grief, trauma or relationship crisis. In counselling I offer this space. Time for you to be heard, understood, express the depth of your feelings. I listen to your whole experience, understand your feelings and help you to explore the change & uncertainties you are facing. There's no judgement here, whatever you're feeling, it's safe to speak. I listen carefully to your sense of what you need and together we work at a pace that is suited to you, either short,or long term.

Email me Reaching out for help is brave & hopeful step. There's no obligation, just drop me a brief email to introduce yourself. We can arrange a time to talk. This initial call is free. You'll tell me a bit about you and what you need from counselling. You will also learn little about how you feel talking with me. From there, if you feel comfortable, we can arrange to meet for the first time. hello@thrivebeyondcounselling.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications & Professional Bodies

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

    About Me

    I am a qualified Counsellor & Psychotherapist working from a professional and secure private practice. ThriveBeyond's therapy spaces are welcoming and safe. Conveniently located close to Tunbridge Wells & Tonbridge Main line station, adjacent to the parks & open spaces.

    I see your first step towards counselling as the brave seed of hope in dark times. Many of us find it vital to reach out for help in times of struggle, in looking for help you are not alone. I support clients in distressing times. I help people to explore their feelings of anxiety & depression & sadness. Together we explore why they are feeling sad or alone & how they can best cope with this.

    How I work

    I work humanistically; this is a warm approach where your sense of you & your voice is central. I believe people can go through huge change and distress, this is very hard if you feel alone. Careful support during this time can make all the difference. I believe that giving yourself the time to explore freely what is distressing you is your path towards processing it in a meaningful and healing way. You are the expert on you, together we can help you listen to the parts of you struggling to be heard or heal.

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

    In addition to my private practice, ThriveBeyond, I worked at St. Wilfrid's Hospice offering short term counselling to bereaved families. I also work at As You Are Centre, Southwick, providing longer term psychotherapy for adults of all ages.

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

  • Bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Trauma

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy


Each session costs £55.

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

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors


Day time and evening appointments during the week.

Tunbridge Wells

River Lawn Road

Key details

Sign language
Other languages None
Wheelchair user access

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.


As well as working with the heterosexual & neuro-typical communities, I am experienced in working with the LGBTQi community and with the ASD community.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults


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

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