Ruth Wismayer Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
I have been working with children for ten years, initially providing in-school support and home visits for children with special needs. My links with the charity, Resources for Autism, introduced me to the issues relating to autistic spectrum disorders. Over the next three years I worked as teacher and mentor to an adopted child with complex emotional and mental health needs. This led to my decision to train as a child psychotherapist.
I began my training at Birkbeck College London in 2013. During my training I completed a two year placement as a school counsellor with Place2Be, completing my Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy in 2016. Since then, I have been providing therapy for inner city primary schools and a specialist secondary school for pupils excluded from mainstream education.
I have experience of working with a range of age groups from 5 to 18, engaging with a variety of issues including developmental delay, behavioural and social problems, elective mutism, bereavement, parental neglect (and drug addiction), divorce, traumatic separation, domestic violence, learning difficulties and issues surrounding fostering and adoption.
I also run a private practice, offering weekly therapy sessions for children and teenagers experiencing depression, anxiety or other mental health issues.
Children are resilient, adaptive and creative. But, like adults, they cope with life’s challenges by building defensive strategies, some of which may hinder their social, emotional and physical development.
Obsessive habits, aggressive impulses, social anxiety, insomnia, self-harm: in a disturbed or anxious mind these symptoms emerge as an attempt to protect the self from (and take control of) the deeper underlying emotional issues which are being avoided.
My approach is person-centred. This means that the client is encouraged to lead the session, whilst I try to respond to the underlying anxieties and conflicts being expressed. I use psychodynamic theory to inform the work, enabling me to make connections with the child’s past.
Therapy can provide a safe and confidential space within which a child may explore their inner world either through play, role play, artwork or just talking.
Regular, weekly sessions can create in the child a sense of continuity; of being held; of having parameters within which to experiment, build trust and communicate.
My governing body is the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which has a strict code of ethics and stringent guidelines which therapists must adhere to.
I attend personal supervision regularly which is also a requirement of the BACP. As well as Continual Professional Development courses and seminars, which keep me up to date with the latest research and general information in the counselling world.
If you would like to get in touch regarding your child please call my confidential line or email and I will respond promptly.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc (Masters) Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents. Birkbeck College, London (2016)
- BA (Hons) Fine Art Photography. The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow (2007)
- Honorary Counsellor - Newlands Academy, Southwark (Current position)
- School Counsellor (Place2Be) - Riverside Primary School, Southwark (Current Position)
- School Counsellor (Place2Be) - Surrey Square Primary School, Southwark (2014 - 17)
- One to One Teaching Assistant/Mentor - The Villa Pre-Preparatory School, London (2012 - 15)
- Support Worker - Resources for Autism, Finchley (2010 - 11)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Learning difficulties
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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Our first meeting is a chance for us to talk a little with the child present and to assess if I can help. Usually this will involve having some time alone with the child or teenager, while the parent or guardian waits in the next room.
This meeting lasts between 75 - 90 minutes. You and the child are then free to decide whether you would like to proceed with weekly therapy and there is no obligation to continue if you do not wish to.
Should we decide to continue, therapy sessions take place once a week, at a regular time that suits you. From hence forth I work one to one with the child only and provide a waiting room for parents. For older children and especially teenagers, it is preferable for the guardian to drop off and return at the end of the session. In which case there are coffee shops nearby.
The initial assessment is £70 and each individual session, which lasts 50 minutes, is charged at £50.
If you have further questions, please do call me and we can discuss your reasons for getting in touch confidentially.
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