Ruth Slaney

Ruth Slaney

Though Field Therapy Practitioner in Ashford

Hello - My name is Ruth (Roo) & I am a fully accredited Psychotherpist with BABCP and have been since 2002. I am also an accredited EMDR practitioner.

I feel passionately about helping people with psychological distress. I believe that we all have the capacity to make significant changes if we can understand the driving forces behind our problems.

By helping my clients to understand how their behaviour and thought patterns impact on their mood - together we are able to bring about change. Therapy should make you think,.
It's a bit like running a marathon with your mind. It is hard work but your efforts will be rewarded if you stick with it.

Coming from a background in mental health as an RMN this has helped me to see my clients holistically. I have since specialising in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT 2000) been privileged to work with many, many people both in the NHS and privately, and go on that journey together towards recovery. I trained full-time for 18 months in CBT, and in total to get to my level it took 6.5 years. When you are looking for a therapist make sure they are fully qualified & accredited by BABCP. Not all therapists are trained & certainly there are varying degrees of training - some merely days!!!

I have been accredited since 2002 & I work in the NHS & in private practice. I have been providing CBT for 20+ years. I provide supervision & consultation to peers.
I am a fully qualified EMDR practitioner (14 years). I am a trained Behavioural Family Therapist as well as having worked at the University of Kent as a senior lecturer, I am also qualified in Thought Field Therapy & have undertook some CAT Cognitive Analytical Therapy (3 months) training though not qualified. I have worked with many disorders over the years and I have a special interest in Trauma work, Depression, Health Anxiety, Panic & OCD amongst others. Please give me a ring to see if I am the right therapist for you.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I am happy to discuss your concerns/ difficulties & offer all prospective clients an initial assessment (cost on application).
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch. This could be the first step on your road to recovery.
Take care,

Background & Qualifications

I am a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RNN) since 1997. Part 13 of register . Advanced Diploma.
997/8 ENB Teaching & Assessing Award.
Adult Behavioural Psycotherapist 2002 Degree.
Advanced Specialist Practitioner Award 2002 ENB 650.
Supervision at Masters level.
EMDR fully qualified 2008.
Trained Behavioiral Family Therapist 2010.
Advanced Specialist Practioner Award in Psychosis 2013.
Thought Field Therapy 2016.
EMDR Child Practitioner 2017.
CAT reformulation

My Specialisms

Working with working aged adults.
I have particular interests in working with :
Anxiety such as health anxieties, panic disorders, OCD etc.
I work with most difficulties - if you are not sure drop me a line or give me a ring.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

All clients are offered an initial assessment to see:
If the problems identified are evidenced in the research that CBT/EMDR will make a difference (NICE guidelines).
To see if the model makes sense in relation to the clients maintaining problems.
To see if we will be able to work together as the therapeutic relationship is paramount to a good end state functioning.

If we agree that therapy would be helpful and there is a wish to engage in this process we will then agree sessions/ expectations .

To discuss your needs please drop me a line or give me a ring.
Please check out some recent testimonials for clients having gone through this process with me.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy In Person £90 per 55 minutes
EMDR In Person £90 per 55 minutes
Mindfulness In Person £90 per 55 minutes
Thought Field Therapy In Person £70 per 50 minutes

Additional Rate Information

Please contact for assessment rates & extended treatment sessions e.g, 1.5 hour session.


Julie Raggett on 12/01/2017

"Ruth has helped me far beyond my expectations. I went to start with a bit sceptical as to how it could help me but after a few sessions things started to make sense and the nightmares decreased. Ruth has also shown me some techniques that I can use if I feel "wobbly" at any time. This has enabled me to start driving again after a serious car accident when I thought I would never do it again. I can't thank her enough for all her help and support she has given me over the last few months. I would highly recommend her services with no hesitation at all.

Sincere thanks for your help Ruth


Sam Jarvis on 12/01/2017

"I was very unsure and reluctant of beginning Cognitive Behaviour Therapy sessions after experiencing other specialist works that were unsuccessful in treating my OCD. I was increasingly unconfident that there would be no one able to help me deal with the OCD. It was a matter of persuasion from my mum to give the sessions a go. I began therapy with Roo at a point where I was very low and unable to deal with the frequently occurring OCD issues. Roo is a very welcoming, supportive therapist with a personality easy to get along with and someone who is comfortable to be around with. If I'm honest in the first 40 minutes of the first session I still remained unconfident that any therapist was able to help me. However, it was in the last 20 minutes that the whole thing just seemed to click, Roo talked about the OCD and started to compare it with real life situations. It took only few words from Roo for it too click in and see OCD in a completely different way. I realised Roo understood what I was going through and it was amazing to realise that I actually I might not have to live with OCD constantly anymore. The following sessions continued to help me understand the disorder more and more and give me many ways of combating any arising OCD issues. Within a couple of months, I finished the treatment and came out the end completely different to how started. I was able to stop OCD from my affecting my life and begin to live my life once again. I honestly cannot thank Roo enough, she was able to change my life around for the best and help me overcome OCD, something at one point I would never be able to do. Thankyou so so much Roo! xx "

Mal Brown on 19/01/2017

"Ruth Slaney is a first class Therapist. She makes the impossible happen. With a combination of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT ) following a serious road traffic accident, I returned to my previous ability of driving on the motorway. Ruth Slaney gave me back my confidence, determination and peace of mind, something I thought had gone for good before being referred to her. I didn't think she would be able to "cure" me of my fears and concerns and resisted her suggestions of self help by giving good reasons why it wouldn't work. I was so surprised when it did. I have no hesitation in recommending Ruth Slaney to you."

Lauren Morris on 27/03/2017

"I was very apprehensive at first to seek help for my anxiety; I was embarrassed and scared no one would understand, and found it difficult to open up to people. However within minutes of meeting Roo her calm and friendly personality made me feel welcome and reassured that what I was suffering with was completely normal. I found it very useful that before starting EMDR, for the first couple of sessions Roo helped me understand what anxiety actually was and how it affects people and also the importance of mindfulness. From there we applied it to my situation and that's when I began EMDR. Roo helped me to process properly past traumas which left me in a completely different mindset and taught me how to think logically and calmly when I start to feel anxious. After finishing therapy with Roo I have the strength to prevent anxiety from ruling over my decisions and feel motivated again and have a more positive energy and attitude. I cannot thank Roo enough for the way that she has helped me and would definitely recommend her services. Thank you very much for your help, I'm very grateful! "

CC on 25/07/2017

"Ruth is absolutely fantastic. Would recommend her to anyone. Kind, caring and has a brilliant gentle approach to everything. Cam5not thank her enough for the help she offered me.

Hayley Browne on 26/07/2017

"Ruth is a very professional person. She has made a real difference with regards to my recovery after my accident. Very supportive and patient. Thank you Ruth. "

Malcolm Hepple on 08/05/2018

"Ruth slaney work ethics are impeccable and has helped me through out the course which has helped me with the day to day thing , please dont change anything "

E B Cooper on 02/08/2021

"Ruth's approach is open and friendly, her work is non judgemental and supportive. Her sessions have allowed me to gain clarity over my thoughts and she has given practical observations which have taught me to better understand my feelings."