Ruth Hargreaves Psychotherapist London E8Ruth Hargreaves:

Psychotherapist (UKCP)

My name is Ruth Hargreaves and I am a qualified Psychotherapist based at HQ Therapy Rooms in Haggerston, Hackney, E8.

As an accredited psychotherapist with over 16 years of therapy experience, my work is additionally underpinned with over 30 years in the NHS, charity, and private sector.

In fact, I was only 12 when I decided I was going to be a psychotherapist as my life’s vocation!

My clients observe me to be highly perceptive, creative, insightful and work to understand you well, attuning myself to your needs and internal dialogue without judgment.

My psychotherapy work experience has ranged widely: – body image issues, sexual identity, depression and anxiety, work-related stress, anger management, disability, relationship issues, religious influences, parental influences, coping with failure and dealing with the fear and trauma of it.

I am particularly interested in how we find our own identity set against the backdrop of parental influences and the effects of childhood trauma. Much of my work tends to be long term although this is not always the case depending on the client`s needs.

My theoretical model is Gestalt. It explores how you are functioning in the moment and thus how in the present you act out your past. By observing this and using the relationship between the client and the therapist we can start to see how life patterns and behaviours are enacted and therefore offer insight into how we can heal those aspects which cause us pain and allow us to then move forward to live life with greater satisfaction and ease.

Gestalt therapy is lively, experiential, with both the therapist and client engaged in dialogue and experimentation so as to work with the fixed patterns we have consciously or unconsciously created and to find new more updated ways of being in the world.

The initial session:
This initial session is aimed at looking at whether we are a good fit and can work together and looks also to explore what you are looking for. The cost for this 50-minute initial conversation to explore your needs/hopes/wishes/situation is £50.

Ongoing sessions:
These are weekly and normally at a fixed time /day each week, once arranged and mutually agreed.

The standard fee is £75. Concessions are offered to those on a low income and students of psychotherapy/counselling courses. This is discussed at the initial meeting.

I work from three places:- HQ Therapy, Haggerston, The Gestalt Centre, Kings Cross and Brockley.

I am currently seeing clients face to face and online (Zoom, Skype, etc).


***If you are in need of more information and guidance about therapy, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.***

Ruth Hargreaves – Working Hours

Monday 17:00 – 21:00 Thursday 08:00 – 12:00
Tuesday 12:00 – 21:00 Friday 12:00 – 14:00
Wednesday N/A Sat-Sun N/A

Contact Details

Ruth Hargreaves, accredited psychotherapist, can be reached using the following:
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07411 986754

Clients Ruth Hargreaves Works With

Client Issues Ruth Deals With

Therapy Modalities Ruth uses With Clients

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply fill out the form below in confidence, and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored for the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced-rate therapy, to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.