Hi, my name is Ruth Dines and I really do know how daunting it can be to begin counselling, but a strong and supportive therapist can make a huge difference to your life and well-being.
Here are 7 ways I can help you as a therapist:
I can build a strong and trusting relationship with you
Help you to feel heard and understood
Help you to make sense of your feelings or understand why you are not feeling
Enable you to become more curious about yourself so you can gain greater insight
When appropriate challenge you, but only gently and when you are ready
Give you a different lens through which to see your relationships and life
Help you to feel stronger and more resilient in challenging situations, and help you to deal with difficult people.
You are the expert on you, so we will work together to explore your current difficulties, looking at them through a new lens so you have greater insight and perspective. This will help you to gain a clearer sense of who you really are, and what you really want out of your relationships and life, so you can find a better way forward.
Because I know it can take time to find the right therapist I am happy to have a free first 20 minute session with you on the phone. This will give us the opportunity to talk about what brings you to counselling, and for you to ask any questions you may have. If you feel I can help you we can then decide how best we can go forward and work together.
I currently work in Barnet (EN5) which offers easy links to public transport as well as in the city near Farringdon Station (EC1R).
I offer time limited, short term and open-ended sessions and you decide how long you want to be in therapy for, there is no long-term commitment.
I offer daytime and evening appointments, and I also have a small number of weekend appointments available too.
I am a fully qualified therapist and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I trained as an integrative counsellor which means I can bring together a range of different theoretical and practical approaches, enabling me to tailor my approach and style to suit the personality and situation of each client. I am warm and down to earth, professional and supportive, curious and challenging, so I won’t just sit there and listen without engaging with you. I will offer you a safe, non- judgemental space where you can talk freely about what is troubling you.
I currently volunteer as a Loss and Bereavement Counsellor at a Hospice in North London where I also co-facilitate relaxation groups for carers and patients. I also teach the Diploma in Integrative counselling at a local college.
If you are interested in working together then phone me for an initial chat and we can take it from there. My mobile number is 07973 666551
"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become"
Carl Jung, Psychologist
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Psychology with Sociology - University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Certificate in Humanistic Integrative Counselling - Gestalt Centre London
Diploma Humanistic Integrative Counselling – CPPD London
Advanced Diploma Humanistic Integrative Counselling – CPPD London
CBT For Anxiety - Beck Institute Philadelphia
CBT For Personality Disorders - Beck Institute Philadelphia