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 ages 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.
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)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Before beginning therapeutic work with a child, I meet with his/her parents to discuss the issues of concern. This consultation lasts 75 minutes, during which time we will arrange the child's initial assessment session.
The assessment session, also 75 minutes, is a chance for the child to settle into the space and see how they feel about being there. In this first meeting I will also assess the child and decide whether or not we should begin therapy.
Older adolescents often prefer to come with their parent(s) to the initial consultation, which I consider on a case by case basis.
Should we proceed, therapy sessions take place once a week, at a regular time. I work one to one with the child only. Parents/guardians drop off and collect at specified times.
Each of the initial 75 minute meetings are charged at £75 and ongoing individual sessions, which last 50 minutes, are charged at £60.
If you have further questions, please email me and I will respond promptly.