I am currently working online, using Zoom.

Psychotherapy and Counselling with me

I offer psychotherapy in a person-centered humanist mode, and aim to establish a safe, creative space for short-term or open-ended therapy and personal development, depending on your needs and preferences.

I’ve been an NHS/private therapist since 2005, working with people who are coming to therapy for a wide range of reasons, such as low self-esteem/self-confidence; anxiety; work-related issues; and general trauma.

I work in a relational and creative way. Talking things through with a warm, attentive and trustworthy therapist can be a powerful support in helping you come to terms with difficulties and move forward.

In our first session, we will introduce ourselves, talk about what your hopes and wishes for the therapy are, and you will have the chance to find out what it feels like to talk to me; likewise I will get a sense of what it is that is bringing you to therapy.

You can say whether you prefer time-limited or open-ended therapy, and which approach you’d prefer – for example, more goal-oriented, or more free-format. We can start the therapy in this session. There is no commitment in coming to this initial session – you can decide at any point if you want to continue.

Some of the issues I work with

Anxiety and loss of confidence in yourself: many people become so generally anxious that they find it hard to go to work, or even to socialise or do everyday things they used to enjoy. Most find that exploring the roots of their anxious thoughts in a safe setting helps them to go out in the world again with more confidence.

Losing confidence in yourself can affect every aspect of your life, as you find your self-esteem plummeting into self-criticism. I help people explore the roots of this, ways to change this, so that confidence and self esteem return.

Work stress: This is a common experience, and as an ex-staff counsellor I am skilled in helping people to deal with bullying, redundancy, unreasonable workloads, being unable to switch off, feeling unconfident in their role, having problems or conflict with colleagues, or being unable to say no, among many other issues.

Difficulties with family members: If you’re caught up in ongoing troubles at home, with partners or children or other relatives, you may feel overwhelmed by the situation and helpless to make things better. Coming along to counselling to talk through what’s going on, in a calm and confidential space, can help you regain your perspective so that you can go back and have more confidence in taking positive actions to help yourself and family.

Trauma: I have worked over the years with people struggling with the after-effects of trauma. Revisiting the bad memories, in a safe and gentle way, where you remain in control all the time, is a very effective way to reduce symptoms.

My approach to both counselling and supervision is person-centered; I’m qualified in CBT Skills, and also have an abiding interest in gestalt (in which I have a Foundation qualification), and in body-awareness therapies.

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When face to face, I work from quiet, private consulting rooms in West Sheffield (2.5 miles from city centre), with free parking and a good bus route close by. This is a welcoming environment, with disabled access.

Fees are on a sliding scale from £40-50 per hour depending on self-assessed disposable income. Appointments are available on Mondays to Wednesdays.

Do contact me on 07880 864354, or via if you’d like to find out more.

I also offer counselling supervision as a BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor – see for more details of my supervision work

As a Senior Accredited Practitioner of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am bound by its ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure. I hold full professional indemnity insurance.

Ruth McIlroy Reg MBACP(Snr Accred),MA(Hons),BSc(Hons)Person-centred Psychotherapy,DipCouns,Adv.Dip CBT Skills,PG Dip Supervision,EMDR Europe qualified practitioner.

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