Ruth HargreavesGestalt psychotherapist
Hello, my therapy work is currently a mix of zoom sessions and face to face. As an accredited psychotherapist with over 16 years of therapy experience my work is additionally underpinned with over 30 years NHS and private sector, clinical experience.
Having initially trained and worked at Charing Cross Hospital in 1987, on wards such as acute medical admissions, HIV/AIDS, complex Vascular surgery, oncology and many more, I later moved to St Mary`s in Paddington in 1996, dedicating myself to staff health and well-being. My work focused on work and personal stress, physical disability, mental health, devising and performing relaxation sessions across the Trust together with stress management courses. I have worked in both the public and private sectors including an international human rights organisation and a large mental health trust. I worked with Brent Bereavement for 4 years as a volunteer counsellor and for 12 years as a counsellor in an Occupational Health Department at a large London teaching hospital.
I love my work and want to work with you so as to find ways of meeting your needs through Gestalt techniques of experimentation, discussion and exploration. I utilise Gestalt, body work, person centered therapy, some REBT and hypnotherapy as methods of approach. I am highly perceptive, creative, insightful and work to understand you well, attuning myself to your needs and internal dialogue with methods of approach firmly evidence based.
My psychotherapy work experience has ranged widely: – working with body image issues, sexual identity, depression, anxiety, work related stress, anger management, relationship issues, religious influences, parental influences, coping with failure and dealing with the fear and trauma of it and the impact and effects of disability. I have worked with clients who are from the creative industry, charities, corporate and NHS sectors. Additionally I have worked with clients who are with the circus.
I have a lot of experience working with clients who have experienced loss and bereavement. Grief has the habit of triggering other losses and compounding the current loss with often painful memories of other painful life events. Whatever these are – loss of friends, relatives, ambitions, health, therapy can help with this. I have also spent many years working with clients who are experiencing work place stressors and who often have simultaneous pressures at home, thus creating the sense of feeling trapped and wondering how to find a way through the constraints, anxieties, tensions these situations create. Additionally, I have worked with people who feel they have failed in some way, struggling to define their identity or sexuality, who are looking for a sense of direction, a sense of purpose and place in the world. These are just some examples of what I / therapy can assist with.In the session we will look at where you have come from, where you are currently at, and where you would like to go from here, along with trying to find a way to achieving that. In line with existential / experimental ideas, there is a focus on making choices and accepting responsibility for your life, but I also incorporate other ideas and techniques from different areas when appropriate. Therapy works at your own pace and is adapted to your individual style and needs. Like any other relationship it changes and develops over time as we continue our work together and as your needs change.
You are invited to bring all aspects of yourself to therapy and to discuss them freely – whether they are anxieties, memories, feelings, thoughts, dreams, events or fantasies.
To arrange an appointment/initial meeting please can you email me in the first instance. With many thanks,Ruth
Issues often worked with
£55-75 for a 50 minute session
Training and qualifications
MA (psychotherapy) – (Distinction) -The Gestalt Centre
Psychotherapy Practitioner Diploma-The Gestalt Centre
Post Graduate Psychology Diploma– University of East London Psychology Department
Diploma in Counselling-The Gestalt Centre
BSc (Hons) Occupational Health – Brunel University
RGN – Charing Cross Hospital