Humanistic and Integrative

What is humanistic and integrative psychotherapy?

I practice psychotherapy from a humanistic and integrative perspective. This means I work from an accepting and compassionate therapeutic perspective to support you in understanding your inner world.
For more about my approach see my website:

For now here are some FAQs:

What issues can psychotherapy address?
Psychotherapy can help with many aspects of life. These include, but are no means limited to:
• Relationships
• Sexuality
• Identity
• Loss
• Anger
• Life changes
• Hopelessness
• Overwhelming emotions
• Feelings of emptiness

What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?
These terms are often used interchangeably. Despite some differences in training methods and theoretical approaches, in practice, there are many overlaps between the two. However, psychotherapy tends to be longer term and has the potential to go into greater depth. An exploration of the relationship between client and therapist is also generally given more priority in psychotherapy

How long will therapy last?
Psychotherapy can be long term and open ended, or time limited. This is your decision and is something we can review together.

How long is each session?
Therapy sessions last for 50 minutes at a regular agreed time. These are usually weekly but, if more frequent sessions are required, this can be discussed.

How much do you charge?
In our first meeting we can explore what you want from therapy and whether we feel we could work together.  Sessions are currently £30.00.

I am currently completing my fourth year of a Masters in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at BCPC (Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy). It takes around seven years to train as a fully qualified psychotherapist. The training on a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) accredited programme, such as the MA at BCPC, has many stages. Following a thorough theoretical grounding, and a sustained period working within a placement agency, BCPC trainees set up in private practice. This practice is developed over time and is closely supervised by a UKCP registered supervisor.

Our work together will be confidential between you, me and those who supervise me. This may not be possible only under exceptional circumstances (ie. when someone’s life is endangered or where the law requires me to disclose information).

I work from an open-minded and non-discriminatory position and am committed to an ongoing consideration of issues of diversity. As a therapist I aim to be sensitive to a range of differences. These include, but are by no means limited to, matters of class, disability/ability, age, gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

BPCP is a professional body with a Code of Ethics and Practice to which I adhere.
I am also a registered trainee therapist member of UKCP (reg no. 2011164332).

For further information please contact Ruth Gilbert on:

07745 267101


Categories: Therapies