Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers

Counsellor in Bristol

I appreciate that we are all living in challenging times right now, the impact of which will be affecting us in a variety of ways.

You may be feeling anxious, distressed, fearful of what is happening. You may be angry or feeling a sense of loss. Whatever is going on for you, online counselling is an option for you to safely explore this. It can provide a connection in times when you may be feeling cut off from people. You may be experiencing more longstanding difficulties and online counselling is a space for these too.

No matter the medium, counselling is a partnership where we will work together to develop your understanding and self-awareness; to ultimately help you live a more fulfilled and peaceful life. I will not judge or tell you what to do. Instead, I will be there to support you in your exploration of what you bring.

I use a secure and encrypted video conferencing platform for online counselling and should you choose to make contact, I will provide more information and guidance about how it works. I understand there may be some apprehension about this way of working so I offer a free 30 minute consultation for you to see how it feels and ask any questions.

Background & Qualifications

I have a professional diploma in therapeutic counselling and have been practising for over ten years. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework of working with clients. I hold the relevant professional insurance and I'm DBS checked.

Other past related employment has included working within NHS mental health services and lecturing at City of Bristol college within their counselling team. I also worked on the helpline at Womankind therapy centre prior to my counselling training.

As well as my private practice I work for a Bristol charity that offers counselling to adult survivors of abuse.

I continue to attend various different training courses to ensure my skills and knowledge are up to date.

My Specialisms

I have been working with survivors of trauma and abuse for the past few years. In that time my experience has deepened through further training and knowledge of the impact trauma can have on an individual. This has included understanding the neuroscience of trauma and what happens to the body; how to reduce and manage trauma symptoms; and working with trauma memories.

Should you come to counselling with something of this nature we will work together to understand the impact trauma has had on you and your life. I will invite you to consider this from different perspectives including how the trauma might have manifested in a physical way. What I will not ask you to do is to re-live what has happened to you - instead we will work at a pace that feels comfortable and manageable.

We will look at different tools and strategies to help support you in counselling as well as outside, we will look at the neuroscience around trauma and the brain and, ultimately, work towards reclaiming your life.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

My approach to counselling is about you and what you need. I work in an integrative way meaning my skills and experience can be used to meet your needs while you remain central to the counselling process. I will listen to your story and draw upon relevant counselling ideas to support your exploration.

How things affect us is important in understanding our inner world better so I will invite you to become more aware of your physical and emotional responses.

Sometimes words may not feel right or enough or it might be hard to express what you're feeling. At these times we can use more creative approaches if this fits with your way of working. This might include writing and drawing as a way to explore what's going on for you, imagery or the use of objects to represent aspects of your experience.

I offer both short and long term counselling. We will discuss together what you are looking for and what you hope to gain. Please take a look at my website to learn more about me and my practice at

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Counselling In Person £50 per 50 minutes
Counselling Online/Telephone £50 per 50 minutes

Additional Rate Information

I charge a sliding scale of £40 - £50 depending on personal circumstances.