Counselling services in the Southside of Glasgow

Ruth Jackson

Ruth Jackson PhotoRuth is an integrative psychotherapist who recently moved to Glasgow from Ireland. She lectured in the social sciences in London and Belfast for many years. Involvement with diverse groups of students in prisons and in the community nurtured her understanding and interest in how, throughout our lives, our emotional well-being influences our ability to learn and grow. Working for the Open University in Ireland she became responsible for delivering pastoral care to students on both sides of the border. In recent years she trained as a psychotherapist and has worked with individual clients in a community-based counselling agency in West Belfast.

Although an integrative counsellor, and comfortable utilising elements from different counselling traditions, Ruth’s method is grounded in a psychodynamic approach. She believes counselling offers reflective ‘time out’ from the stresses of everyday life. Given this unique space and time, clients tend to find that complicated feelings and pieces of personal history rise to the surface. Exploring these and understanding them in fresh ways can ease mental pain, grow self-worth, and engender more peaceful ways of living with oneself and one’s decisions.

Although counselling is a collaborative endeavour, Ruth believes the client must be in charge of the process at every stage: controlling what emerges and what is left to one side, choosing what to divulge and what to retain. She respects this independence at all times, following a client’s lead, but equipped to support the process of working through the material that is brought, and helping mould it to new contours and shapes that will sit more comfortably with the client in future.

Ruth can help with a range of issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bereavement
  • Changes and Transitions
  • Depression
  • Families and Relationships
  • Inter-Cultural Issues
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Study related issues
  • Suicidal and despairing thoughts
Qualifications and Professional Membership

Ruth has a Diploma and Honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and is bound by and adheres to their Codes of Ethics.

Booking your appointment

If you have any questions or would like further information, please email or call her on 07774 915329


Ruth offers a free half-hour assessment session without obligation. You can discuss your situation before deciding whether psychotherapy with her is appropriate for you. Thereafter, counselling sessions last 50 minutes and cost £45.

Booking & Cancellation Policy for all Counsellors at Southside Counselling

If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact Ruth as soon as possible. Missed appointments and appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged in full. If you arrive late for your appointment, it will still have to end at the usual time.