Lifeworks Therapy LoungeCounselling & Psychotherapy in Astley, Greater Manchester

About. Purple and Pink Flowers

Hi, I'm Ruth!


And I provide Counselling & Psychotherapy for Individuals in Greater Manchester.

I support individuals with a wide variety of issues, but, in particular, many come to me because they are experiencing difficulty with knowing what their feelings are, or are struggling to express them. Because of this, some individuals struggle to accept love and support from others, or get a sense that they are invisible. Through compassionate listening, I provide a safe space where you can allow yourself to completely open up.

Together, we'll explore how to get to a place where you are comfortable in expressing who you truly are.


If you feel Disconnected, Empty or Unfulfilled, I hear you and you are not alone.

When everyone else around you seems to be enjoying life and experiencing fulfilling relationships with others, it can be really hard when you feel you don't belong, or that you must do things to please others to get yourself noticed. Not knowing who you really are, or what you want from life, and finding it hard to share your problems with others, can leave you feeling disappointed or angry. Life can seem a real struggle.


Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed right now with all that's going on. You may be feeling:

• Unsure of how to get the love you deserve.
• Fearing that there is something secretly wrong with you.
• Priding yourself on not relying on others.
• Sadness that you think you have not met your full potential in life.
• Confusion about the direction you want to take in life.


If difficulty knowing, managing or expressing your feelings is affecting your ability to live your life, then maybe it's time to get therapy. It's always possible to start living more fully.

As your therapist, I will support you with embracing and expressing your feelings so that you can work toward repairing the inner-emptiness you may feel. I can help you to be emotionally-present in the moment so that you can build the courage to allow others to get close to you. With this support in mind it is possible for you to have more fulfilling relationships, where you can set healthy boundaries. I am passionate about supporting and empowering individuals to live a meaningful, connected, purpose-filled life and I would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you to find your best way forward, so that you can live your best life possible.

Like many of you, I learnt to keep my feelings deeply hidden, developing a lifelong pattern of never showing vulnerability, and trusting very few. I was incredibly self-sufficient, fiercely independent and often coped with difficulties alone. I presented a strong and capable front, which invited others to think that I was okay and without needs. Attending therapy was my first step in asking others for help and a vital resource for learning how to express my feelings, wants and desires in a real and transparent way. I know just how hard life can be when you are faced with these challenges. I also know that growth and change is possible, given the right space to learn.


There are many benefits to counselling and psychotherapy.

It can help you:

• To embrace and express feelings, instead of burying, avoiding or numbing them.
• To be open with loved ones, without fearing negative consequences.
• To gain confidence in speaking up for yourself, and engaging fully in conversation.
• To feel a real sense of belonging.
• To have the to confidence to say no, or to ask for what you want.

These are a few of the ways counselling & psychotherapy can help.


A little about my professional background.

I received my BSc. (Hons) in Psychology through the Open University in 2007 and in 2012 received my MA in Counselling at Manchester University. I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as well as a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). If you want to see more, check out the FAQ's page.



Let's get you to a place you want to be.

I'm here to help you to take the leap from the life that you have to the life you want. Getting some counselling & psychotherapy can help. Let’s discover how I can help. Reach out to schedule your first appointment. During our first session, you can tell me what your experiences have been like and if therapy were to go well, what you think you might be doing differently, as a result. I can also answer any questions you might have. To schedule your first appointment, you can call or email using the links. I'm here for you.


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