Bruce Tate BA, Registered Member MBACP (Accred), Dip Adlerian Couns (IIP)

Bruce Tate BA, Registered Member MBACP (Accred), Dip Adlerian Couns (IIP)

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Ramsey Road
St Ives
PE27 3TP


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About me

Cambridge Counsellor

People come to counselling for many different reasons.  Some may need to talk over an issue or situation that is causing distress. It may be that things are not going well in a relationship, or it is difficult to shift feelings of anger, anxiety or depression or cope when lacking self-confidence.  Others find counselling helpful when faced with specific life events such as bereavement or loss, traumatic events (past or present), or job changes. There can be many situations where people can find themselves stuck and identify areas they would like to understand better and work on.

Talking to a counsellor can be helpful itself and can also help in gaining insight into  feelings and identify new outlooks and ideas to help live a more satisfying life.

I have over 12 years' experience working as a counsellor and psychotherapist within a number of settings, and have worked in a busy GP surgery or over 8 years.

I work with individuals in brief, medium or long-term therapy and one-off sessions are sometimes available.  It is helpful to have a clear focus for the work, and while some people I work with want to work in the medium to long term, others achieve a lot in 8-10 sessions.  One of my aims is to do myself out of work ;-)

I am an Accredited Member of the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

While I have experience working with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, bereavement and trauma, I work with clients as individuals to help them gain the insight and courage they need to deal with what they want to work on.

I lead the Certificate and Diploma level counselling courses at Bottisham Village College, Cambridgeshire. As a member of the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology I have attended conferences in the US and Canada.  I am a teacher at and am a board member of the International Adlerian Summer School - ICASSI ( which attracts around 30 participants from over 25 nations each year.  Other training plans include leading workshops in Athens, China, Germany, Ireland and Singapore.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training is in Individual Psychology, based on the work of Alfred Adler (1870 – 1937). This is a practical, down-to-earth, integrative and creative approach.  The therapeutic relationship I work to achieve is based on equality,  collaboration, support and empathy. Encouragement is key to the process.  Personal growth and development are important in this therapeutic approach as well as linking into personal strengths, resources and creativity.  While I am not CBT practitioner, the cognitive and behavioural aspects of therapy are central to the Adlerian approach.  Most importantly I work flexibly to reflect the particular needs of the each client I see.

I am passionate about this approach to therapy which is effective and encouraging.  Adler has been one of the key influences in therapeutic theory and practice but has not received the acknowledgement he deserves.  His work is developed by practicioners and academics today.  At the time of his death (in Aberdeen in 1937), a waiter asked Adler to sum up his personality in a brief interchange. This Adler did to the waiter's astonishment.  This was before the days of the internet - Adler was a recognised authority in his day and his work is continued today.

I am a qualified counsellor and a Registered Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I hold an ASIIP Diploma in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy, Advanced Certificate in Adlerian Theory and Counselling.

In addition to my counselling training I have carried out substantial Continuing Professional Development each year. This includes Pink Therapy’s Essentials of Sexual Minority Therapy and units in brief therapy, trauma, anger management, working with addiction and with dreams. I also teach counselling through which I further refresh and enhance my practice.

As an accredited member BACP I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the BACP Professional Conduct Procedure.

Before training in counselling and psychotherapy I spent over 10 years in personnel and training management at British Antarctic Survey.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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£45 - 50 per (60 minute) hour.  (Concessionary appointments for JSA/ESA recipients are fully taken at present).

Further information

I practice in central Cambridge (Riverside/Grafton area) and St Ives. 

Next available appointments:
Cambridge: Tuesday 2.30, Thursday 3.00, Friday 4.45.
St Ives: no current availability

Both locations have parking close by and are very near to public transport routes.

Maps & Directions

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5
St Ives, PE27 3TP

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


Next available appointments: Cambridge Tuesday 2.30, Thursday 3.00, Friday 4.45.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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