Studies show that the therapeutic relationship between you and your counsellor is at the basis of all effective therapy. This is achieved by building trust using empathy and integrity.

Ruth Benstead Counsellor and Therapist recognises individuality and works with each person’s personality to suit their situation and specific needs.

Picture of Ruth Benstead, therapeutic counsellor and psychotherapistI am a fully qualified, highly experienced integrative therapeutic counsellor and psychotherapist, and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) adhering to the BACP’s stringent code of ethics. I am also listed on the BACP’s Accredited Voluntary Register.

I have worked as a facilitator at a refuge delivering The Freedom Programme to residents and outreach clients which equipped me with a wealth of understanding into domestic abuse – not only for the issues affecting women, but for men, children and family pets too.

For three years I worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist for a large charitable organization, providing a counselling service for adults, teenagers and children.

Aside from my private practice, I also work as a counsellor at a local hospice which is hugely rewarding and constantly re-affirms my belief in peoples’ strength, resourcefulness, and indomitable spirit.

I have worked successfully with a wide and diverse range of emotional and psychological issues, and am highly professional in my approach. I endeavour to make my counselling practice welcoming, confidential and non-intimidating, and to promote an environment which is a safe place to share your concerns, whilst I gain insight and understanding as to how to move forwards towards a desired outcome.

Each individual is offered a regular time and place within which they can work through their concerns in a supportive environment which is confidential, dependable, safe, and free from interruption.


  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Certificate of Proficiency
  • Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Facilitator Certificate – Positive You: self-esteem and assertiveness building course
  • Facilitator Certificate – Freedom Programme: Domestic abuse specific survivor/victim course

Other qualifications in:

Transactional analysis; Cognitive behavioural therapy; Anger management; Assertiveness; Self-esteem; Confidence building; Stress management; Safeguarding vulnerable adults; Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people; Domestic violence; Domestic abuse; Working with loss and bereavement; Solution Focused Therapy; Mental health awareness; Listening skills; Substance misuse awareness.