Calm Space

Erica Ruse-Whalley

Counselling, Psychotherapy, CBT, Sandplay Therapy, EFT in Croydon, Surrey
Online therapy session are available.

Member Organisation(s): BACP, UKRCP

Therapy Provides:
Integrative Therapy, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Sandplay Therapy, EFT (MTT) Tapping, Art Therapy, Online Talk Therapy

Therapy Provides:
Integrative Therapy, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Sandplay Therapy, EFT (MTT) Tapping, Art Therapy, Online Talk Therapy

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Member Organisation(s): BACP, UKRCP

Therapy Provides:
Integrative Therapy, Counselling, Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Sandplay Therapy, EFT (MTT) Tapping, Art Therapy, Online Talk Therapy

About Erica Ruse-Whalley

Talking to a therapist that you feel comfortable with can help you to explore and understand what is going on for you, and to find new strengths and ways of moving forward.
I would offer a warm, accepting and confidential space, and would tailor our work in ways that are most suited to you. I understand that it can be daunting to contact a counsellor. I offer a free initial phone call to discuss how I can help, which gives us the opportunity of getting to know each other a little, and if you are happy to continue working together, we can make plans from there.

- If things are difficult for you at the moment, it can be really helpful to have some time to talk and to see more clearly what is happening.
- I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor, which means that I am able to use a number of different ways of working to best suit you.
- I would like to work with you to help to find clearer paths through difficult situations, new ways of managing and new perspectives.
- I work with adults, parents, children and young people.

Further Information

- I am an experienced and fully qualified and accredited Integrative Psychotherapist.
- I am an Accredited member of the BACP and UKRCP.
- I am particularly experienced in working with anxiety, depression, bereavement, stress, confidence and sleep difficulties with all ages.
- I am a Barnardo’s approved adoption counsellor, which means that I can work with all those involved in adoption.
- I am also trained by Barnardo’s in Attachment Focused Counselling, which is highly important in all areas of adoption but also in any family and close relationships.
- I am also an Advanced practitioner in the Emotional Freedom Technique, often known as "Tapping" and also in "Picture tapping."
- I offer Jungian Kalffian Sandplay to children, teenagers and adults. This is very powerful work which has the advantage of working through any difficulties without needing to talk about it directly. It feels very soothing and gentle to do.
- I am also trained in "Webster Stratton parenting" which can be helpful when working with parents, in terms of improving behaviour, compliance and the relationship between the parent and young person.

Age I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Other concerns & issues I deal with

    Sandplay full title: Jungian Kalffian Sandplay
    A specialist form of play therapy
    For adults, teenagers and children

Concerns & issues I deal with

  • Adoption
  • Affairs
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bereavement
  • Boredom
  • Childhood Issues
  • Concentration Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Exhaustion
  • Family Problems
  • Fatigue
  • Fear
  • Grief
  • Isolation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Low Self Confidence
  • Melancholia
  • Menopause
  • Mental Health Problems
  • Midlife Crisis
  • Mothering
  • Negative Thoughts
  • Panic Attacks
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Performance Management
  • Personal Growth
  • Pet Bereavement
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship Problems
  • Repetitive Negative Patterns
  • Sadness
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self Determination
  • Self Development
  • Separation
  • Shame
  • Shyness
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Phobia
  • Stress
  • Tiredness
  • Trichotillomania
  • Unresolved Issues
  • Work Stress

Therapy Provides

  • Integrative Therapy
  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Sandplay Therapy
  • EFT (MTT) Tapping
  • Art Therapy
  • Online Talk Therapy

Price List

Customer Reviews

Panic attacks, sleeping alone and feeling sick, of 10 yrs., UK, August 10 2023

From the moment I talked to Erica, I knew I had made the right decision for my ten year old daughter who was finding difficulties going to school, sleeping on her own, having panic attacks and feeling sick. I had this instant feeling that Erica could help her...and I really couldn’t hope for more. My daughter instantly felt comfortable with Erica and opened up to her straight away, and the talking, ideas, techniques and listening that Erica has given, has made the most amazing difference in only 6 weeks! My daughter now goes to sleep on her own and has even successfully slept over at a friends house without a single wobble. Every week my daughter looks forward to her session with Erica and only last week asked if she could talk to Erica until she was 18!"

Help with depression (adult), UK, August 10 2023

I regularly met with Erica over a 14 month period of my life. When I started the procedure I had a three month-old baby. I have suffered from depression on and off for many years. When my baby was born, my depression seemed to escalate. Erica offered much cognitive and practical support and helped me to think in more positive and productive ways. Now I have an understanding and a "tool box" for beating depression. Instead of feeling like depression is an illness that I can’t do anything about, I often find myself quoting Erica in my mind when I sense the familiar feeling of depression is with me, to continue yo keep my depression at bay. I am now more pro-active, positive and forward thinking in my life and family. I am very grateful for Erica’s support and insights into my situation. Thank you Erica!

Family Dynamics (young people), UK, August 09 2023

We asked Erica to intervene with our nine year old daughter, when, for a number of reasons, her relationship with her siblings and us, her parents, became difficult. Her reactions to familial circumstances (beyond her, or our control)were having a negative effect on our family as a whole. Within a few sessions, the impact was noticeable, the time spent with Erica has had a hugely positive effect on the whole family.Erica has quite literally changed our lives!

Mum, uk, August 09 2023

My daughter has suffered with trichotillomania on and off since she was eight years old (now in secondary school) Sadly, in year six, this got very bad and I desperately needed some help for her. A close friend recommended Erica to me, and she has been amazing with Chloe and after a few sessions she stopped pulling her hair out! Erica had a way of knowing how to speak to my daughter very calmly and kindly, and suggested things to help distract her when she has the urge to pull her hair. Over the moon to report that now, a few months on, her hair is growing and her confidence is starting to return. I cannot thank Erica enough for her help and would highly recommend her to others

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