Relational Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Supervisor, Reg. MBACP
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Hello, I'm Ruth and I'd like to tell you about the ways in which I work. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is central to effective counselling. I am a qualified Relational Counsellor and work in an integrative way, incorporating a range of models such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural and Psychodynamic therapies. I can help you to explore the ways in which you relate to yourself and to others, now and in the past. I aim to create an atmosphere of trust and will take time to make you feel secure, providing a safe space for you to begin to talk about the challenges you may be facing in life.
In addition to my generalist counselling role, I also offer a Specialist Counselling Service for individuals on the Autistic Spectrum as well as those who have ADHD. Details of this specialist counselling and training provision are outlined further down this page and can also be found on my website https://aspireautismconsultancy.co.uk/
I am trained to Post Graduate level and hold a University Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy which is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a member of the BACP, I am required to work within a clear ethical framework and attend regular professional development training programmes. These help me to keep up to date with current legislation and the latest advances in therapeutic practice, ensuring my clients receive a high standard of service.
My experience and training have equipped me to work with individuals and couples to help them to overcome a range of psychological and emotional issues which may be at the root of their distress. I am able to support you to address difficult feelings and behaviours; working closely alongside to enable you to understand your inner conflicts and improve ways in which you relate to others. I can help you to identify new strategies to address your difficulties. You will be treated with respect and given the freedom to fully explore and express your feelings without the fear of being judged.
Counselling can be a unique experience, allowing you to feel truly listened to and understood. This can provide you with a chance to try out a new way of being; safe in the knowledge that you will receive the empathy and support you may require to help you through a difficult period in life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Clinical Supervision, Leeds Centre for Psychological Development
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Diploma qualification accredited by the BACP), Leeds Beckett University
Post Graduate Certificate in Interpersonal & Counselling Skills, Leeds Beckett University
Certificate in Working with Couples, Leeds Centre for Psychological Development
Transactional Analysis (TA 101), The TA Training Organisation, Leeds
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, The TA Training Organisation, Leeds
NCFE Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
Mindfulness Training for Health Professionals, British Institute of Mindfulness
Trauma & the Body: Somatisation & Dissociation, P.O.D.S.
Assessment and Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Working with Survivors of Rape & Sexual Assault, Talking Spaces, Harrogate.
Counselling Clients on the Autistic Spectrum, National Autistic Society
Raising Awareness of Asperger Syndrome in Couple Relationships (Maxine Aston)
ADHD & Autistic Spectrum Constellations - the interplay of the neurobiological, the psychodynamic and the interpersonal (supporting clients with impaired self-regulation whose daily life can be overwhelming & highly stressful), Phil Mollon, Confer, London.
I work in private practice from The Practice Rooms, 45A Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NP and offer long and short-term counselling to clients experiencing a wide range of difficulties. I am also the co-founder of Aspire, a training consultancy which delivers coaching in working with individuals who have Autistic Spectrum conditions and/or ADHD. Aspire offers in-house training to healthcare professionals, therapists, teachers and also runs regional events for individuals and families affected by Autism & ADHD.
My previous experience includes several years as a counsellor at "Talking Spaces" in Harrogate which is a community service run by St Michael's Hospice. I also worked as an Associate Counsellor in a College of Further Education, working predominantly with young people who presented with issues such as anxiety disorders, cyber bullying, depression, family difficulties and peer relationship problems.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I regularly work with people who are considered 'Gifted and Talented' and I have a full understanding of perfectionism and the intensity which is experienced within so many aspects of daily life; contibuting to the escalation of anxiety and mental fatigue.
"Walking and Talking" - outdoor therapies, which are helpful for those who may find face-to-face therapy too intense.
Relationship Counselling - working with couples or family members to develop healthier patterns in their intimate or familial relationships; leading them to positive growth by focusing on reducing negative behaviours and exploring inappropriate belief systems which can form the root of their conflicts.
I also offer specialist ADHD Couples Counselling and Autism Couples Counselling.
Recovery from Trauma: Somatisation & Dissociation.
Working with male and female survivors of sexual abuse.
I am a qualified clinical supervisor and offer either ad hoc or regular supervision to therapists or mental health workers who are supporting clients with autistic spectrum conditions or ADHD. I also offer supervision to therapists working within generic counselling and for those who undertake couple/relationship counselling.
£75.00 per session
I offer sessions for individuals, couples, family groups and for clients funded by third party organisations.
I offer clinical supervision for therapists and healthcare workers, in person or online at a rate of £65 per hour.
Fees for Counselling and Psychotherapy are on a scale starting from £75.00 depending on the type of therapy offered ie. individual, couple or family therapy and the length of session time agreed.
Individual sessions last 50 minutes and couple or family sessions last 75 minutes.
In addition to my generalist work, I provide a Specialist Counselling Service for individuals on the Autistic Spectrum as well as those with ADHD. I also offer bespoke couples counselling for ADHD and Autism; a service which is in high demand. Using my personal and professional experience, which extends over many years, I have developed a flexible approach, offering therapeutic alternatives to individuals who may not be comfortable with traditional approaches to counselling. I work in calm, peaceful settings with soft lighting and informal seating. I support clients through the process of diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Conditions and ADHD. I also offer support to clients who may not choose to seek a diagnosis but simply require some assistance to tackle the obstacles they face and address their underlying anxieties. Family members, spouses and couples may at times seek counselling themselves to help them relate better to their loves ones, or simply need a place in which to get some support of their own.
I am receiving increasing numbers of enquiries from female clients who believe they may be autistic or have ADHD, which may have not been picked up due to the different presentation which exists within women. Anxiety, depression and feeling overwhelmed are, for some people, 'secondary symptoms' of undiagnosed conditions. With my experience in this area, I can offer support in finding explanations for confusing behavioural responses to a range of situations, which can enable me to identify resolutions and useful strategies in close collaboration with my clients' preferences. It can be a great relief to find explanation and meaning for traits which can have caused years of difficulties and misunderstandings.
For a number of years, I have also offered "Walk and Talk" therapies for clients who prefer the multi-sensory experience of being outside. This can help some individuals to feel less inhibited and enhance the self-discovery process. I have found that people who engage in this type of therapy often achieve dramatic shifts in their thought processes which can aid creativity and allow them to discover new ways to resolve some of their issues. Walking in parallel with nature's visual distractions, means that clients can look forwards rather than at me, which for some is far less intense.
For further information about Aspire Autism Consultancy and for details on Autism and ADHD courses for individuals, relatives and healthcare professionals please visit:-
In addition to my membership of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am registered with an Enhanced DBS status and have professional indemnity insurance which fully covers my indoor and outdoor work.