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Ruth Bridges M.A. (Self-Awareness/ Counselling)

  • Qualified and experienced counsellor/psychotherapist based in Cumbria
  • Currently employed as Programme Leader of the MA/PgD Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Cumbria
  • Ten years’ experience counselling for Macmillan within 2 NHS Trusts
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) with ten years’ experience teaching in Further and Higher Education
  • Full and Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP – Reg)

Ruth’s specialisms include:

  • Counselling the dying and bereaved
  • Working therapeutically with illness and loss
  • Developing reflective practice
  • Spirituality and pain

Some of Ruth’s Publications include:

  • Bridges, R. (2018) Hearing the Grief in Illness and Pain. Therapy Today. 29 (3) pp: 34-37.
  • Bridges, R. (2017) Grieving for Myself: The Silence and Spirituality of Personal Loss. In P. Gubi (Ed.). What Counsellors and Spiritual Directors can Learn from Each Other: Ethical Practice, Training and Supervision (pp: 103-119). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Bridges, R. (2015) The Spirituality of Pain and Suffering. In P. Gubi (Ed.). Spiritual Accompaniment and Counselling: Journeying with Psyche and Soul (pp: 77-94). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

We feel that Higham has a role as a place of education to offer such based around personal experiences and feelings, often brought about by occurrences of everyday life. Ruth, a professional with both practical and academic experience, comes to Higham with a strong commitment to help us provide courses which can help people address life’s inevitable challenges in a positive and self-affirming way. Ruth’s own words might help clarify her approach:

“I’m an experienced and intuitive Person-Centred Counsellor with a particular personal and professional concern for the realms of loss, illness and spirituality. I trained as a counsellor in my mid-thirties, a decision strongly influenced by a profound experience of pain/trauma in my early twenties. I believe that I have a deep appreciation of what it is to be human and hurting and that this enhances the sensitivity and compassion with which I work. I re-located to Cumbria in October 2015 following ten years offering counselling/supervision (p/t) in Macmillan Cancer Centres and, latterly, teaching in Higher Education. I feel immensely privileged to do the work that I do; I offer an authentic and empathic presence and am committed to excellence in practice” R.B.

Please note:
Ruth’s courses are not designed to be personal therapy/counselling although this type of group work, discussion and reflection can often be experienced as therapeutic.


FEEDBACK FOLLOWING RUTH’S COURSES:
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“En excellent course, expertly ran. It surpassed my hopes for it and I leave a different [person] from the one who came.”
“The Tutor, Ruth Bridges, facilitated a powerfully transformative course. She created a safe, trusting environment, allowing people to work at whatever depth they needed to. I strongly recommend the course.”
“Ruth is a lovely tutor, an enjoyable course. A small group is essential, plus a small cosy room.”

 


QUESTIONNAIRE TO BE COMPLETED ON BOOKING

Be aware that self-reflection can sometimes stir difficult and/or painful memories. Each course with Ruth is subject to a very short application Questionnaire regarding recent life events (it is not advisable, for instance, for someone who has undergone recent trauma to immediately jump on a residential course before other support has been sought).

Therefore, we ask each student to provide us with the following information, sent confidentially to Ruth:

WHO AM I, REALLY? DEVELOPING SELF-AWARENESS THROUGH PERSONAL REFLECTION AND EXPRESSION
Self-reflection can sometimes stir difficult and/or painful memories. Therefore, each course with Ruth is subject to a very short application Questionnaire regarding recent life events (it is not advisable, for instance, for someone who has undergone recent trauma to immediately jump on a residential course before other support has been sought).

Therefore, we ask each student to provide us with the following information, sent confidentially to Ruth, the Tutor.

NB1: Ruth adheres to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Code; your responses and anything discussed verbally with Ruth, will be held in the strictest confidence. Ruth may contact you to discuss anything she feels necessary.

NB2: This course is not designed to be personal therapy/counselling although this type of group work, discussion and reflection can often be experienced as therapeutic.

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