Ruth Cooper-Dickson

Resilience, wellbeing and trauma-informed coach
Positive psychology practitioner BA (Hons), MA, MSc.

About Ruth

Ruth Cooper-Dickson is an accredited trauma-informed thrivership and wellbeing coach. She is an experienced positive psychology practitioner and specialises in post-traumatic growth.

Ruth is focused on helping those who have experienced adverse life situations and difficulties to thrive. Ruth has her own lived experience of trauma, burnout and mental-ill health diagnosis’ moving through her own recovery to healing journey.  Ruth’s journey prompted her to serve others through coaching by offering individuals a safe and sometimes challenging space to focus on what they need to unlock and grow in order to thrive.

Ruth holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, coupled with accreditation as an EMCC Coaching Practitioner. Ruth is also a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor.  Her academic research sits within the coaching sphere and how it can facilitate the outcome of post-traumatic growth, a topic she speaks and writes about in the media. 

Coaching & Courses

Trauma-informed Thrivership Coaching

“Imagine your very being, as your own home. The house you can picture in your mind’s eye is who you are. The house structure may be solid, it may need a lick of paint, or may need extensive structural renovation to ensure the foundations are solid. Parts of it may need to be completely remodeled” This quote is part of Ruth’s coaching manifesto. Her mission as your coach is to support you to unpack the parts you feel are important and to support you to revamp, remodel, or rebuild. There are lots of reasons why you might be feeling stuck but know that coaching could be the key to unlocking your dream home.

Upcoming May

This year for the UK’s May Mental Health Awareness Week the theme is anxiety.

Join Ruth for a LinkedIn Audio event on Friday 19 May, 12.15-1.00pm BST for a recap on ‘How to deal with panic attacks’.   

You can join the event here.

Anxiety used to be crippling for Ruth and she believes that anxiety and anxiety disorders are often seen by many as being the acceptable end of the spectrum of mental ill health conditions.  However, for those living with such mental health conditions, she knows how debilitating and life changing they can be.

No Panic!  Getting your head around anxiety.  

Spend an evening with Ruth a patron of No Panic and a mental health expert, to understand more about anxiety and anxiety disorders.

Tuesday May 23, 2023, 7:00-8.00pm BST.

What you will take from the event:

  • Introduction and Ruth’s experience of living with anxiety disorders.
  • Understanding where anxiety comes from, the difference between ‘feeling anxious’ and the impact on mental health when living with an anxiety disorder.
  • Spotting the signs and symptoms when someone might be struggling with anxiety and knowing how to check-in with colleagues.
  • How to manage panic attacks and support someone experiencing a panic attack.
  • How best to support employees/colleagues living with anxiety.
  • Looking to the future: managing your uncertainty, seeking support and feedback and how to practise strategic self-care.
This webinar is offered through Eventbrite and tickets are just £10 per delegate.  Sign up below.

Speaker, Writer, Post-traumatic Growth Researcher

Ruth is regularly invited to speak within corporates across a wide range of industries and has spoken at the Women’s Economic Forum 2020 and in the House of Lords. She has been interviewed by BBC Radio, interviewed by the global press and has been a guest on a multitude of podcasts, including producing her own. Ruth ensures her messages are engaging for a diverse audience, but it is her genuine, positive and compassionate style which resonates with many individuals. Currently Ruth is working on several research papers in the field of coaching and post-traumatic growth and is often asked to comment in the press on this area of her work.

Featured in


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If you would like to book me as a speaker, find out about how I can work with you as your coach, or would like to know more about my research and any of my other offerings featured on this page, please get in touch using the form below.

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