Introduction

Ruth Kidson MSc, MB, BS, MBACP (accredited)

Counsellor, psychotherapist & supervisor

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People come to counselling for many reasons:

  • some have no one to talk to
  • some feel that no one is listening to them or understanding what they are saying
  • some are tired of being given advice on how to resolve their problems
  • some are having difficulty coping with a difficult situation or a sudden change
  • some want to move on but are unsure how to do so
  • some just feel lost

Whatever your reason – whether it’s one of the above or something completely different – I can promise you that:

  • I will listen to you attentively and will do my best to understand what it is you are going through
  • I will never judge you or tell you what I think you should do
  • I will offer you support and a safe environment in which to talk
  • I will do my best to help you to find your own answers and your own path through life

Everything you tell me is confidential.

I have experience of working with a wide range of problems – physical, emotional and spiritual. I have a good working knowledge of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Spiritualism.

I work in a humanistic (non-directive) way and believe whole-heartedly in the person-centred idea that each one of us has the ability to ‘grow towards the light’, and to develop and reach our potential.

While the person-centred approach forms the basis of how I work, I also use art therapy and elements of TA and gestalt when appropriate. However, I believe it is up to you, the client, to lead the therapy – to regulate the pace at which progress is made and to accept or refuse methods of working that I offer. I also believe that the decision about what to focus on in any session should be yours and I will never try to persuade you to talk about something you are not ready or not willing to talk about.

It has been shown that the better the relationship between counsellor and client, the more likely the therapy is to be successful so it is important that you find the right therapist. For this reason, I offer an initial consultation for £20, after which you can decide if you would like to work with me.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics. To comply with this Code, I see a supervisor on a regular basis to discuss my client work but client anonymity is strictly preserved in supervision.

I have full professional insurance.

Before I trained as a counsellor, I was a doctor and have worked in several areas of medicine including general practice, women’s health and paediatrics.. I am a trained medical hypnotherapist and have a broad interest in complementary therapies. I have written several books on subjects including hypnotherapy, acupuncture and the treatment of insomnia.

I have worked as a counsellor within an NHS general practice, seeing clients with a wide range of problems. I have also worked for an agency offering counselling to women and another agency offering counselling to male survivors of childhood sexual abuse or rape.

I work with individual clients on a short- or long-term basis and have experience of working with a wide range of issues including:

  • abuse and trauma
  • anxiety
  • bereavement and loss
  • depression
  • disability and medical-related issues
  • low self confidence
  • low self esteem
  • major life changes
  • sexuality problems
  • spiritual concerns
  • stress and work issues
  • I work with all age groups from students to the elderly and with people of different ethnicities and sexual orientation.

Training & qualifications:

  • M.B., B.S. – St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London
  • M.Sc. in Social Medicine – London University
  • Certificate in Nutrition Therapy – Institute for Optimum Nutrition
  • Introductory, intermediate & advanced courses in medical hypnosis – British Association for Medical and Dental Hypnosis
  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling – West Kent College
  • Diploma in Supervision – the Link Centre

I have undertaken additional training in subjects including:

  • working with survivors of sexual abuse and rape
  • working with PTSD
  • working creatively with a sandtray
  • working with problems dating back to childhood
  • understanding eating disorders