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How Ruth will help you



Ruth understands every one of the people she sees is different. She will work with you, at your own pace using a combination of therapies which will put you on the road to recovery, and help steer you in the direction that is right for you.

She’s good at helping people draw out their strengths, and prides herself in being up to date with the latest therapies so as to find the best way of helping you.

(This individual approach was first named ‘Personal Consultancy’ by a small group of collaborators – including Ruth – at the Personal Well Being Centre and an established training course now runs at UEL.)



How Personal Consultancy works

Personal Consultancy integrates psychotherapy, counselling and psychological coaching approaches into an accessible, flexible ‘talking cure’; addressing past hurts, present situations, future intentions and overall personal development. The process is often described as a natural conversation, encompassing the relief of sharing in confidence, personal insights into both blocks and strengths, and the challenge and satisfaction of change and growth.

This is a sensitive and practical approach which uses a wide range of individually tailored methods, whilst often drawing most extensively from the inherent psychological ‘intelligence’ present in each unique individual. It is not uncommon to begin therapy for a particular issue and find that you are discovering a great deal about yourself, or to engage in more depth self-exploration and find the process useful for resolving everyday problems.

We follow your trains of thought, feeling, action and intention together, seeking understanding and relief from the destructive/ regressive, whilst giving increasingly greater voice to your character and healthy instincts and any skills, techniques, and conditions that will help you to thrive.

It all starts with an initial consultation.

The initial consultation

We would have an initial consultation to discuss your individual needs and wishes and consider options together. Your questions and views are vital to this process, as are ways and means of ensuring your success, and we will be considering therapy terms to suit your aims and circumstances.


After the initial consultation: regular meetings

If you choose to go ahead, we would meet for hour long sessions, usually on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Timely summaries and reviews help to keep the process purposeful. Monthly sessions, follow up and occasional sessions are further fairly popular options.

The number of sessions undertaken varies from very few, through the more common 8 – 20, to longer explorations. Ending will usually coincide with a general sense of coping well independently and of sufficient resolution of the original issue.

Those keen on particular methods, including therapy trainees, may request techniques from CBT, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, MCBT and Jungian art therapy methods.

*(The art therapy method tends to be popular with students of the talking cures!)

What Others Say

Read what other people who have worked with Ruth have to say.

‘The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value’

Steven R Covey