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Coronavirus Update

In light of the current situation regarding the Coronavirus, COVID-19, we are now offering online or telephone counselling in place of face-to-face sessions. Moving to virtual meetings means that our counsellors will continue to be able to provide support during this extraordinary crisis. If you want to make an appointment, please email enquiries@counselling-matters.org.uk or call us on 0151 329 3637. We will do our best to help.



Counselling is delivered by David Rutlidge and Laura Rutlidge, who are both qualified and experienced counsellors, and we occasionally work with other, associate, counsellors, some of whom may be students coming to the end their training.

All counsellors are registered / accredited members of an appropriate professional body. 

Dave originally trained in the Person Centred Approach then did a further qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In 2011 he successfully completed a diploma in counselling case-work supervision and in 2012 completed a diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling. Dave also undertook Level-I Emotion Focussed Therapy training in 2017, at Nottingham University.

Laura trained in the Humanistic Approach with primary focus in the Person Centred Approach.  She has completed further qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy along with Trauma-Focused CBT for children. Laura completed a foundation degree in counselling in 2015 and is currently undertaking an honours degree.

In accordance with best practice, both counsellors undertake regular processional development. This takes the form of workshops and seminars as well as other forms of on-going learning. They have one-to-one supervision for their counselling and Dave receives further supervision for his supervision casework. 

Some of the professional development they have undertaken includes:

  • Somatic Trauma Training
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Counselling Couples
  • Psycho-sexual Therapy
  • Masculinity and Trauma
  • Gender issues
  • Mindfulness
  • Child and Family therapy
  • IAPT training.