Ruth is a specialist child and adolescent Clinical Psychologist who works at Beacon House alongside her NHS CAMHS role. Within CAMHS and Beacon House, Ruth specialises in working with children and young people presenting with anxiety difficulties, low mood, OCD, trauma, and emotional dysregulation difficulties. Ruth also works as part of a systemic family therapy team and feels it is important to include families in all aspects of her clinical practice.

Alongside her therapeutic work Ruth enjoys offering consultation and training to parents/carers, professionals, teachers and other members of a child’s network. Ruth integrates a range of therapeutic models in her clinical work and values developing a child/family-centred formulation to reflect on when determining psychological intervention. She is also trained in administering specialist neurodevelopmental assessments of children thought to be on the Autistic Spectrum.

Ruth has a specialist interest in working with children who have experienced Developmental Trauma and has worked in a range of NHS and local authority services before and during her clinical training. She has developed skills in therapeutic assessment and interventions using attachment, trauma and DDP-informed approaches.

Ruth has published an academic review paper on mental health assessment in children with experiences of Developmental Trauma which identified two key assessment tools which assess mental health in the context of attachment and trauma experiences. This has deepened her interest in understanding and working with this group of young people.

In her clinical work Ruth uses empathy and curiosity to seek to understand how children may be communicating their needs and emotions through their behaviour. Ruth believes in advocating for the child’s voice and seeks to help and support families caring for children with a range of complex needs. Ruth adopts a non-judgemental, open and curious approach in all aspects of her work and aims to create a safe, containing and warm atmosphere in her sessions. She uses playfulness and creativity in her therapeutic work with young people and children.

Ruth is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL33855) and is chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 338483).

  • First Class Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology
    University of Southampton
  • Practitioner Doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology
    University of Surrey (2013-2016)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Level A
    Surrey-Sussex IPT Centre (2016)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 Administration and Coding
    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2017)
  • Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised Administration and Coding
    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2017)
  • Safeguarding Children
    Avon & Wilts NHS Partnership Trust
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 2
    4 day workshop, Psychology Associates, Devon, Oct 2018
  • International Trauma Recovery Summit, Belfast
    27th & 28th June 2018
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1
    4 day workshop, Psychology Associates, Devon, Feb 2018
  • Clinical Psychology Supervisor Workshops Day 1 & 2
    University of Southampton (2017)
  • Complex Trauma Workshop with David Tricky (1 day)
    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sept 2014
  • Safeguarding Children Level 3 (1 day)
    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, June 2017
  • CBT for Social Phobia with Lucy Willetts (1 day)
    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust May 2017
  • Denton, R., Frogley, C., John, M., & Querstret, D. (2016). The assessment of developmental trauma in children and adolescents: A systematic review.
    Journal of Child Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, 22, 260-287.
  • Stopa, L. Denton, R., Wingfield, M., Taylor, K. (2013). The fear of others: A qualitative analysis of interpersonal threat in social phobia and paranoia.
    Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 41(2), 188-209.