Ruth M Bridges — Counsellor and Supervisor
Penrith, North Lakes
I’m an experienced Person-Centred Counsellor and Supervisor offering long and short-term (1-1) Counselling, Spiritual Accompaniment and Supervision in the Penrith and North Lakes area of Cumbria. For further information, please see my Services page.
Enhanced by my own experiences, I have a deep personal and professional understanding of the impact of physical and emotional pain. I’ve worked with clients through serious illness and at the end of life and I have offered counselling to clients facing significant bereavement; these are areas of counselling very close to my heart.
Philosophy of Counselling, Spiritual Accompaniment and Supervision
It’s been a great privilege to accompany many clients over the last 10 years and I find my therapeutic work hugely rewarding. I offer a relaxed, warmly welcoming and highly confidential climate of empathy and respect. I have a strong belief in our inborn capacity for growth and healing – despite how dark and despairing we might sometimes feel. I’m naturally gentle, sensitive and compassionate and believe that a truly therapeutic relationship is one within which we feel safe enough to freely ‘be who we are’. I am highly committed to excellence in practice and assure you of my best attention at all times.
I trained as a counsellor after many years working with children and adults in education, health and community settings. From 2005 until I re-located to Cumbria in 2015, much of my therapeutic work was with Macmillan providing counselling to patients, carers and nursing staff; I also had private and clinic-based practices offering both Counselling and Spiritual Accompaniment.
Alongside my work with clients I have considerable experience training counsellors, most recently as Programme Leader of the MA/PgD Counselling & Psychotherapy at the University of Cumbria
I trained as a counsellor in my mid-thirties, a decision strongly influenced by a profound experience of pain/trauma in my early twenties. My attunement to my clients’ pain is, inevitably, heightened by my awareness of my own. I believe that I have a deep appreciation of what it is to be human and hurting and that this considerably enhances the sensitivity and compassion with which I strive to work.
- MA Counselling Studies (University of Chester: 2006-2007)
- PgDip Counselling (University of Liverpool: 2003-2006)
- BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Manchester Metropolitan University: 1999-2003)
Publications — Spirituality, Loss, Illness
I pursue my own research and engage in continuing professional development as required. I have various publications within counselling/psychotherapy, most recently:
Bridges, R. M. (2018) Hearing the Grief in Illness and Pain. Therapy Today. 29 (3) pp: 34-37.
Bridges, R. M. (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. M. (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.
Find out more about Counselling,
Spiritual Accompaniment or Supervision…
For all my services, I offer an initial (no obligation) 45-minute consultation — free of charge. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or ‘phone me/text me on 07960 109504 for further information or to chat through possibilities. I welcome and respond swiftly to all enquiries and look forward to hearing from you. NB: High levels of confidentiality are maintained throughout — I will not leave messages for you unless you have specifically requested that I do so.
For practical details about venue, fees etc see my Contact page.