Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07501397963

Contact Kate

Therapist - Bristol

Bristol BS7
07501397963
Sessions from £50.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

Hi, I’m Kate and I’m an integrative counsellor and trauma informed therapist working in the BS7 area of Bristol.  I’m working exclusively online or via the telephone for the time being but will resume in person sessions again once it feels appropriate to do so.

I’ve been in practice for over ten years having qualified with a professional diploma in therapeutic counselling in 2011.  I'm a registered member of the BACP and committed to working to their ethical framework that outlines key values, principles and qualities of the profession.  I work with adults 18 years and over with a range a life experiences and difficulties.  I also have particular experience working with complex trauma and abuse.

Working online or via the telephone might feel different from in person counselling but whatever is going on for you, particularly at this challenging time, 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.  

Practice description

I describe myself as an integrative counsellor which means I have had training in several different counselling theories that have become integral to my approach and how I work.  I will listen to your experience and draw upon relevant counselling ideas to support your exploration.  These will be offered as an invitation to help you understand your experience more deeply. I will provide a space for us to create a relationship that feels compassionate, respectful and constructive.

I draw specifically upon the theories of person-centred, relational, transactional analysis, psychodynamic, internal family systems and somatic approaches.  When integrating a trauma informed approach I will use the three phase model of trauma recovery. More information about this can be found on my website.

We can be flexible in how we work.  For example, we might use elements from mindfulness approaches as well as body awareness and somatic experience to help you notice what is happening for you on the inside.  We might use more creative approaches such as writing and drawing, imagery, metaphor, or objects to explore the different aspects of your experience.  We might use a more verbal approach, talking through your difficulties and exploring different perspectives.  Or we might blend these approaches together.

Just as your experience is unique to you, my aim is to offer an approach that will be unique and specific to you and your needs. 

I offer both short and long term counselling. We will discuss together what you are looking for and what you hope to gain. 

My first session

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. 

The first meeting may feel like a daunting prospect and you may feel uncertain about working online so, to begin with, I offer a free 30 minute initial appointment for you to see how it feels.  This will also give you an opportunity to ask any questions.  Together we will start to discuss how counselling can help and where we may begin.  

I will give you more of any idea about my approach as well as talking through the counselling process and what's involved.  I hope to make this feel relaxed and informative.  Should you then decide to proceed we will arrange our first session.           

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anxiety, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Creative therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling