A Platform For Positive Change

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A Platform For Positive Change


Children, teenagers and adults are all just as likely to suffer with issues caused by the pressure and stress of modern life.

Common Sense Counselling are a platform for positive change for issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Phobias, Anger and Low Self-Esteem.


The maintenance of your mental health is just as important as having a healthy body.

Age has no boundaries when it comes to how we view, perceive and interact

with our world.

Anyone, young or old, can benefit from Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Hypnotherapy.


Many people feel quite vulnerable when they want to see Ruth

or Simon, so a FREE pre-treatment consultation (PTC) is offered. This  can take about 30 minutes.

A PTC is an opportunity for you to meet Ruth or Simon, ask any questions, and for them to establish your individual needs.

They do not charge for a PTC.

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Ruth has over 30 years' experience of working with children in a variety of settings, including as a Primary School Teacher for 16 years.

Ruth understands the important of engaging both the child/adolescent and their parents to ensure the best outcomes for the young person.

Ruth is an Accredited Member of The National Counselling Society.

Ruth's qualifications include

BA Hons (QTS) Primary Education

Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy

Cert in Counselling through the Arts

Leadership Pathways (National College for School Leadership)

SSCO training for physical development and excellence (Youth Sports Trust & Sport England).

Ruth offers

Free pre-treatment consultations.

One to one child and adolescent/teenager sessions.

Child & parent sessions and family sessions.


Therapy for Children, Adolescents & Teenagers

Therapy for children, adolescents and teenagers through the arts has four stages.

These stages are not fixed in the time they take to process and are dependent upon the individual,

their emotional maturity and the underlying reasons they maybe struggling to express themselves

or feel overwhelmed by their feelings.

This is only a guide for those who need a clearly defined sense of the process.

Stage 1 — Identifying the ‘self’

Stage 2 — Helping the child tell their story.

Stage 3 — Enabling the child to process their feelings.

Stage 4 — Empowering the child to make choices.

Each session will start and finish in the same way. This clear routine, and closure at the end of each visit,

ensures anything difficult can be held within the therapy session.

The content of each session will be increasingly defined by the young person engaged in the therapy.

This enables them to take ownership of the process for their future wellbeing and empowering them

to take strategies and skills into their life independently and with confidence.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Ruth is trained in Child and Adolescent Therapy through the Arts, and uses it as a creatively based approach to counselling.

It is semi-structured, involving play for younger children and creative exploration for older children and adolescents.

Her practise incorporates a number of therapy styles depending upon the needs of the client -

these include CBT, Person Centred, Gestalt, and Coaching.

We explore elements of their lives at their own pace and on a regular basis. This approach gives young people

an opportunity to explore their feelings and the different ways they can express themselves creatively,

giving themselves a voice and constructive strategies to manage overwhelming anxiety.  

It gives them a safe and confidential place to do this with a professional who can support with advice and guidance

where it is needed, at a level they are ready to process and work with, and to empower them in their

own communications outside the therapy room.



Simon has over 10 years experience as a therapist (including

6 months placement at the Kibworth Health Centre),

and over 40 years in private business

(including senior management).

He believes it is important to listen, respect and

understand the client, whatever the issue.

Simon is an Accredited Member of both The National Counselling Society and The National Hypnotherapy Society.

His qualifications include

Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

PCT (Person Centred Therapy)

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy


TA (Transactional Therapy)

Gestalt Therapy



Simon is currently undertaking courses for further qualifications: including one on PTSD.

Simon offers

Free pre-treatment consultations

One to one adult sessions

One to one Relaxation.

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Therapy for Adults

Therapy for adults is usually semi-structured and likely to involve some guidance, direction and information.

It will usually explore elements of your life  (past, present and future) in order to help you understand your issues.

This is done at your own pace and in a way which you will find as comfortable as Simon can make it.

Each session will start and finish in the same way.  This gives clear routine and closure at the end of each visit,

ensuring anything difficult that might arise can be held within the therapy session.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Simon is trained in both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Person Centred Therapy (PCT) and uses

them to help and aid you to explore, understand, and move forward with your issues.

CBT is a preferred form of counselling recommended by both Doctors and Psychiatrists,

and helps you to understand and resolve your issues, enabling you to live a fuller life.

It can be an effective treatment for mental health problems (with or

without medication) depending on the diagnosis.

PCT is another form of counselling. In this form of therapy the therapist's role is that of a facilitator

and to provide a comfortable environment, rather than to drive

and direct the patient toward recovery.

Therapist Simon will help you by using many therapy tools from his tool box.

This helps to ensure that the therapy will match the best technique,

from the best approach, with the issue that the you face.

He strongly believes it is important to listen, respect and understand the client, whatever the issue.



Hypnotherapy is a wonderful therapeutic tool to help people with issues such as Anxiety, Stress, Low-Confidence and Phobias.

Hypnosis (the Greek word for sleep) is a perfectly natural state. You experience something like it many times a day.

If you have been absorbed in a book, daydreamed, or driven somewhere and arrived with no conscious memory

of the journey, then you have been in a trance. During a trance the unconscious mind takes over for a while,

but the conscious mind does not go away.

During a Hypnotherapy session you will be relaxed and remain in control of the situation.

You are aware of everything going on around you, and suggestions are given to help you achieve positive

thoughts, beliefs and behaviours to help you move forward in life.

You cannot you be made to do anything that you would not want to do.

Hypnotherapy is not mind-control, nor is it stage-hypnosis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are you doing with regard to the Corona Virus?

We follow the latest guidelines from our societies, the NHS, and the government.

We have hand sanitiser available and clean the room after every session with antibacterial wipes.

If you or a member of your family is symptomatic of Covid 19, then please cancel your appointment and rearrange

for at least 2 weeks later. Even if the cancellation is on the same day there will be no charge made

as this is about protecting everyone.

When can I see you?

We offer appointments during the day time, evenings and weekends - Please contact us to check for availability.

Do need a referral from my GP?

Many GP’s do refer clients to Common Sense Counselling. However, it is not essential that you need a GP referral to see us.

Many clients come to us with a referral from a friend, or family member, or from their own initiative.

In regards to children

Parents often refer their own children to see us.

What is the length of a session?

The length of a therapy session is 1 hour (the Initial Consultation can take between ½ hour to 1 hour).

Please note that if your session exceeds the allotted time (always at the digression of the therapist) there will be no extra charge. However, late arrivals will still finish at the allotted time.

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on the issues that you have, and will be discussed with you during your Free Consultation.

I cannot see any Testimonials on your website, why is that?

We follow and support our societies guidelines on this issue.

It is believed that testimonials are incompatible with the therapeutic relationship.



Please contact Ruth or Simon to arrange a convenient time for your FREE consultation.

We are here to help regarding any questions or queries you have about our services, or any issues you,    or a loved one, might be worried about.

Our private, comfortable and friendly treatment room is conveniently situated in Misterton.

There is ample parking, as well as onsite facilties.

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