Ruth Osborne Psychodynamic psychotherapist , SE1
Essentially, counselling and psychotherapy offers us an opportunity to learn about ourselves. And no more so than when it seems hard to cope with the emotional challenges that are often part of everyday life.
In these times we may feel on our own, isolated or stuck. We may not know which way to turn. It may also be difficult to find someone we can trust and who will understand, or, in such a busy world, someone who has the time to listen.
This is when as a counsellor and a psychotherapist I may be able to help. I offer a caring, confidential, safe and respectful therapeutic environment. In this space you will be able to invited your thoughts and feelings through considering your life experiences and expectations - be it past traumatic events or everyday dilemmas. This is also a space to think about whom you are as a person; your hopes, dreams, desires and aspirations for the future.
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are." C.G. Jung
My approach to counselling and psychotherapy focuses on you as a whole person and what you bring to each session, each week. We would then start to try to make sense of what underlies the difficulties you are experiencing. This may not be easy, and it might mean that it takes time to come to terms with the frustrations and loses. Hopefully, together we would then be able to make sense of things and begin to discover new perspectives and possibilities available to you.
Training and qualifications
I completed a five year postgraduate psychotherapy training at Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF). This is one of the leading academic and clinical training institutions in the UK. The training is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the University of Roehampton.
I also have over twenty five years' of experience working with children, young people and their families how have complex needs and challenging lives. Much of this work took place in schools and alternative provisions, but also youth and community work settings where I helped develop various community art projects.
I offer open-ended therapy which lasts for as long as you need, and short-term counselling for around 12 sessions. Each therapy session is for 50 minutes and is at the same time and on the same day each week.
The cost of counselling or therapy sessions is on a sliding scale, and dependant on your financial or personal situation. However, sessions usually start at £65 and with no upper limit. Fees will usually be agreed at the beginning, along with your chosen method of payment, which includes cash, cheque or bank transfer.
Once I hear from you, I will contact you within 2 working days to arrange a time for us to talk on the phone. We will then arrange to meet for one or two initial consultations to discuss your particular needs and how we might best work together. The initial consultation fee is £70.
Once therapy or counselling has been agreed this time will be reserved just for you. Therefore payment for all sessions is essential, so as to offer security and consistency. However, you will not be charged for sessions when I am unavailable to meet with you, such as two weeks in March/April, two to three weeks in August/September and two weeks in December/January or other exceptional circumstances. In all cases, and where possible, you will be given plenty of notice.
If, during the initial consultation, you feel that therapy or counselling does not best suit your needs at this time, then I will endeavour to help you to seek out the most appropriate support. Also, once we start you can cancel your counselling or therapy sessions at any time. However, I do ask that you give four weeks’ notice so we have time to think about ending.
The only exceptions to keeping confidentiality could be where there is a risk of harm to yourself or others and requirements of law. In such circumstances I shall make every effort to talk to you about this first.
Ruth Osborne Therapy
86 Southwark Bridge Road