Bruce Guthrie (Dip. Couns., MBACP)
Clients and trainers have said that I have a warm disposition and work hard to help people understand and be in control of their therapy. Our first meeting is vital in finding out if we can usefully work together. It is a time when we talk about what has led you to seek help, the nature of specific and general difficulties you face and crucially how you think therapy might help you.
I have worked as a Dramatherapist since 1993, as a Supervisor since 2003 and as a Counsellor since 2008. Your therapy can be solely through talking although using art materials, objects, movement, play, story and voice work are all powerful ways of finding a way through difficult feelings and emotions when words are not enough.
If we decide to work for an extended period of time I tend to work in blocks of sessions so that we can review and reflect on what's working and not working for you. We will set up a clear working alliance to ensure that your therapy is safe and addresses your concerns and difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in the use of Movement & Drama in Therapy (1993)
Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London
Creative Arts Supervision Training (2003)
Sesame Institute / CAST Ltd
Diploma in Counselling (2010)
ReVision Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis
Counselling I have 10 years experience of full time face to face counselling. This includes working with people referred by their GP for short term work; students at a college of further education and with people in private practice.
Dramatherapy experience includes working with children and adults with varying degrees of learning difficulty (including people with profound and multiple learning disability); adult inpatients with eating disorder and borderline personality disorder diagnoses; people recovering from serious mental illness in the community; people living with dementia and Alzheimers; children with educational and behavioural difficulties.
Supervision experience includes supervising teams of therapists, groups of teachers in reflective practice groups, therapists in training as well as therapists in private practice.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Counselling & Supervision
£50 for a 50 minute session (£40 for trainee counsellors)
£50 for a 60 minute session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer face to face sessions on Mondays (8am to 7pm) in Stokes Croft (BS2) from my consulting room. At other times I offer Skype/Facetime sessions.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I enjoy working with therapists as a supervisor and have 14 years such experience. My approach is based on the Creative Arts Supervision Training which is now run by Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.