Ruth’s role as a counsellor is to create a supportive environment where you can feel safe to explore any issues which may cause you concern and Ruth can share her professional knowledge with you to help you deal with those issues.
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I offer clinical supervision for mental health professionals (Counsellors, Social Workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, and special education providers). Many supervisees are keen to have specialist supervision with me specifically from an Attachment theory frame of reference.

Online Courses

Along with my Professional Development seminars (see under Resources) I have developed a 12 week online course entitled One Wild and Precious Life developed to explore creative and spiritual recovery using Julia Cameron’s The Artist Way book along with poetry, reflective exercises and a safe place to connect with others on this transformative journey.

One wild and precious life.
By Dr Ruth Lawson-McConnell


Training and Seminars

I am passionate about delivering high quality professional training that is evidence-based, practical and inspirational for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists (clinical and educational), social workers or anyone working in the Mental Health professions.

About Ruth

Ruth is a sought-after counsellor with 30 years’ experience of counselling adults, children, adolescents and families. She divides her time between private practice counselling, parenting consulting, supervision, presenting professional development seminars, conference speaking, academic research and writing as well as teaching (adjunct lecturing). Ruth is qualified to the highest level and is a gifted and empathic counsellor, specialist supervisor, compelling speaker and teacher.

Ruth’s driving passion is to eradicate relational poverty one encounter at a time.

​In her counselling, consulting and training, Ruth specializes in attachment and relationship issues both in adults and children. She has extensive experience in working with adults, teens and children experiencing anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, depression, and self-esteem issues. Ruth trained initially as a children’s counsellor and a family counsellor but now mostly works directly with adults and parents – consulting on behavioural and emotional issues in children and adolescents. Ruth is passionate about keeping adults healthily attached to their children so that emotional and behavioural issues do not sabotage the parent-child relationship. She also helps couples with their attachment dynamics so that their relationship is healthier. She has specialist training in supporting Partners of Sex Addicts who have suffered betrayal trauma.

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Relational poverty is all around us. It can show up inside ourselves: self-bullying talk (at the roots of low self-esteem and depression); between us and others: inter-personal difficulties, work place stress and relationship problems; as well us at a psycho-spiritual level: feeling alone and unconnected spiritually to a deity or higher power. Ruth offers help in all of these dimensions. To read more about her work at the psycho-spiritual level go to the Retreats page.

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Ruth completed her MA (Honours) in Psychology at Aberdeen University, followed by a PhD in Counselling Psychology at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. The focus of her PhD research was the counselling of children of divorce and keeping children healthily attached to their parents. Ruth later trained with Dr. Gordon Neufeld  in attachment-based developmental psychology with a focus on children’s emotional and behavioural issues. She is a Professional Associate of the Neufeld Institute and offers training on attachment related topics. She moved to New Zealand from Vancouver, Canada in 2010 and has since trained in Neuropsychotherapy and has a specialism in Partners of Sexual Addicts Trauma Specialist (www.apsats.org).

Currently Ruth works in a number of different capacities: as a counsellor in private practice, a supervisor, trainer as well as a retreat leader. In her private practice she offers a variety of services: personal counselling, couple counselling and parent consulting on behavioural and emotional issues in children.

Ruth is also an effective and passionate communicator and leads training and professional development workshops, and also speaks at conferences, throughout New Zealand and Australia. She worked as a Senior Lecturer in Counselling for 8 years and as an adjunct professor at Morling College, Sydney.