Ruth Tinsdeall

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MA Counselling, Registered Member BACP, ACC
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Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi, I'm Ruth. If you need a listening ear, I would love to offer you a safe, autism-friendly and wheelchair-accessible space in which to explore what is going on for you. I am interested in you as a whole person, and I will not judge you but will seek to walk alongside you with empathy.

How can counselling help?

Research shows that the therapeutic relationship we build up together is key to helping you.  I offer regular fifty minute sessions, during which I will treasure you as the unique and precious person you are.  Because I offer a high degree of confidentiality and promise not to be judgemental, you may share about yourself in a way that you might not do under normal circumstances.  This opening up will enable us work together to help you reach a better understanding of your situation and to become better able to extend your choices and/or to make changes in your life.

What are your counselling sessions like?

I tend to start each session by asking how you are and how you would like to use our time together.  It may be that you wish us to sit together without speaking much, possibly engaging in meditation.  Alternatively, you may be brimming over with things you want to discuss.  As we get to know each other, it may be that you would value collaborating together to set gentle challenges, perhaps things to think about or do between sessions.

What sort of things can I talk about?

It may be that there is a very down-to-earth issue you want to explore.  Alternatively, your concern may be of a more spiritual nature, perhaps relating to a dream or vision.  Sometimes, people don't quite know what brings them to therapy but might just feel a bit sad or anxious.

I don't know how I would even start talking about the things that concern me....

You don't have to bring anything except yourself to therapy, but on the other hand, you may want to bring some pictures or artefacts, or some words or music which are important to you.  If you want to create something of your own during or between sessions, which helps you to express what it feels like to be you, that's fine too.  Another option is to engage in walk and talk therapy, where the natural environment provides a focus for your thoughts and feelings....

Invest in yourself now!

I offer face-to-face, video, telephone, or walk and talk counselling which is tailored to your needs.  In addition to one-to-one counselling, I also offer Therapeutic Exploration of Autism through Storytelling for groups or individuals who are interested in discovering and sharing about the impact of autism on people's lives. 

Whether you are looking for individual counselling or a therapeutic exploration of autism, contact me today to book a free initial consultation, where we can decide together how your needs could best be met.

Training, qualifications & experience

1981 – BA (Hons) German / Linguistics – Reading University

1986 – PGCE– Leicester University

2021 – MA Counselling – Middlesex University (Researched into counsellors' experience of working with clients with undiagnosed autism) 

2022 – Using creative interventions to work with parts of self

I worked for many years as a person-centred educationalist and then became interested in counselling as a result of volunteering for Cruse Bereavement Care.  My training placement was at a multi-cultural counselling agency in Birmingham, and I now work as a private practitioner in Lichfield.

Member organisations

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.

Association for Christian Counsellors (ACC)

The Association of Christian Counsellors and Linked Professions is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

Accredited register membership

Association for Christian Counsellors
Accredited Register Scheme

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Association for Christian Counsellors

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£50.00 - £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

£50 for 50 minutes, £60 for home visits for those in residential care (concessions available on request)

When I work

Flexible arrangements to suit you

Further information

I offer a free initial consultation to discuss what brings you to counselling and how I can best meet your needs.

Lichfield, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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.

Free parking

Ruth Tinsdeall
Ruth Tinsdeall