Ruth Murtagh

Ruth Murtagh

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Leeds

Leeds LS8
Sessions from £55.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office



Individuals: £55/ hour (£50, Lower waged)

Couples:      £70/ hour 

About me and my therapy practice

Hello, I’m Ruth, I'm a Relate-trained Relationship Therapist.

If you’re reading this, you may be feeling unhappy on your own, or wanting your relationship to be different.

You may be in a couple, wondering if you can rediscover the relationship you once had with your partner, or to find a different way forward.

You may be an individual, trying to cope with the loss of a relationship, or wanting to be able to find lasting love.

Perhaps there are relationships with your children or wider family, with friends or people at work that upset you; or you are unhappy with your own behaviour. 

If you long for a healthy relationship that doesn’t leave you feeling hurt, you are not alone.

Many individuals and couples struggle with difficulties which can bring pain: leaving them feeling exhausted and stressed. After all, we’re not given a relationship manual when we’re born.

For many of us, improving our relationship with ourselves is key.

I will listen carefully and will not judge you. I do not take sides. I am genuinely passionate about helping my clients move out of destructive and painful patterns of relating with each other, whether they are with partners, family, friends, or at work.

I believe that we are all doing our best in situations, even when our behaviour can seem destructive or self-sabotaging.

My role is to help you explore and develop preferred ways of behaving and living your life. I really care about all of my clients and tailor my approach to suit each person’s/ couple’s unique needs.

I do understand that it can be daunting making that first contact, but in some ways, that's the hardest part. You may wish to have one session, a few, or leave it open. It's up to you.

All couples or individuals are welcome- any age, culture, religion, LGBTQIA+ or physical ability. 

Practice description

My other areas of special interest are:

  • support with dating
  • parenting support
  • relationship MOT (offering a 'check up' of your relationship and iron out any small issues).

I have considerable experience working in the caring professions as a Teacher, Art Therapist and Relationship Therapist at Relate and in Private practice.

I have an MA (Relationship Therapy) with Distinction, from the Relate Institute, University of Hull.

My first session

During the first session, I will ask what has brought you to counselling, and what your hopes and expectations are for our work together.

It is also a chance for you to check that I'm right for you- there's no obligation to resume counselling sessions with me if you don't feel the fit is quite right. I believe it's important that you feel comfortable with whoever you choose to work with.

I will also check that I’m right for your needs.

Our work together will always be collaborative, that means that I won't advise you or tell you what to do, but I will work alongside you, working out together with you what your preferred way of living/ being is, and how to get there.

Counselling sessions are confidential. I won't be telling anyone about what you discuss in your sessions, unless there is danger of serious harm.

Some couples and individuals like to create goals that they want to aim for by the end of their counselling sessions.

What I can help with

Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Health related issues, Infertility, LGBTQ+ counselling, Loss, Men's issues, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Stress, Vegan allied, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Eclectic, Emotionally focused therapy, Integrative, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, Older adults, Trainees

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited