About Me

About Me

Hi, I’m Hayley and I help people who struggle with anxiety to live happier and more fulfilling lives.

My Story

Navigating life through my twenties was challenging to say the least. And after experiencing a number of life’s big curveballs, I turned to counselling to help me move forward.

My own experience of counselling sparked my desire to support others in a more meaningful way, helping others make sense of some of the difficulties life can present us with.

My career following university had been in the corporate world, working in Human Resources. I wanted a career that enabled to me to help and support people, but along with feeling burnt out and unfulfilled, I knew that there was more that I could be doing to help people at a much deeper level…

So I decided to train as a Counsellor.

After a number of years studying alongside my day job, taking the leap of faith to move into a different career was daunting, but has been so worth it! Each and every day I look forward to what each day will bring and who I will help.

My experiences have led to me to where I am today and are what has driven me to want to help others that find themselves in a similar position.

Throughout my twenties I struggled with anxiety and depression, I felt lost and didn’t know where my life’s direction was going. I’d lost my sense of purpose and was confused by all of the ‘should dos’ and ‘must dos’ that we believe to be true.

I want to help other young women feel less anxious about what they ‘should’ be doing and more confident in leading a life that makes them feel truly happy and fulfilled. I believe that my personal journey to where I am now can not only help with understanding how difficult it can be, but to help others find positive ways of moving forward to living a happier life.

My Qualifications

I have completed a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, which combines both Person-Centred and Psychodynamic approaches. I have combined the theories from these approaches that resonate with me the most to create my own unique approach to working with clients. If you’d like to learn more about how I work you can read more here.

My training has also covered a number of other approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and focussed on building strong counselling skills addressing a number of life issues such as addiction, bereavement, dealing with change, culture and diversity, sexuality and relationships.

I am an individual member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which means I abide by their Ethical Standards to keep my clients supported and safe.

I regularly take part in continuous personal development (CPD) to expand and further my knowledge on subjects I feel would benefit my clients. Most recently, and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been working on how to effectively support clients online or over the phone.

I also have regular supervision where I discuss my client work to ensure I am able to provide the best support for my clients.

My Experience

Alongside my private practice I work for a mental health charity providing employment support for those receiving mental health support through the NHS. This involves helping those who are out of work in finding employment and working with those who are in work to get the support they need to feel happy and supported at work.

I have volunteered at Time to Talk West Berkshire, counselling young people aged 11-25, for the past 4 years. Working with young people is a passion of mine as I believe that building a strong foundation and dealing with mental health issues from a young age can help support a greater self-awareness and resilience throughout the challenges life presents us with as we grow up.

I am a Mental Health First Aider and in my HR roles have supported both employees and managers have better, more supportive conversations about mental health.

I am also a trained Coach and have experience of coaching individuals in a number of settings including: introverted students, graduates, and aspiring managers. My hope for my business is that I will soon offer a Coaching course for young women to help and empower them to work through what is now being dubbed as ‘the quarter-life crisis’ – watch this space!

If you’re interested in finding out more about how I can help you, get in touch.

About Me

Based in Newbury, Berkshire, offering sessions both face to face and online.

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Get In Touch

Email: hayleyruthcounselling@gmail.com

Tel: 01635 015998

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Ethical Practice

Read more about the BACP ethical code of practice that I follow.

BACP Ethical Framework