Hi, I'm Ruth. If you need a listening ear, I would love to offer you a safe, wheelchair-friendly 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 on a weekly basis, 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 and draws upon different approaches, including person-centred, CBT, psychodynamic, creative and narrative therapy. Contact me today to book a free initial consultation, where I can get to know you a little and we can decide together how your needs can best be met.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my career as a person-centred educationalist and have always enjoyed helping others grow through creative engagement. In recent years, as a result of my voluntary work for a national bereavement charity, I saw the need for longer term work with people who want to make sense of their lives, so I offered my services as a life story writing coach. I have now developed my skills further and, having achieved a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and registered as a member of BACP and ACC, I offer my services as an integrative therapist with a holistic approach.
Association for Christian Counsellors
The Association of Christian Counsellors 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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Flexible arrangements to suit you
I offer a free initial consultation to discuss what brings you to counselling and how I can best meet your needs.