Katharine Rider

Katharine Rider

About me

I offer one-to-one psychotherapy with adults (18 and over). Sessions are face to face, usually weekly.

The decision to seek psychotherapy can be prompted by many things, including:

  • specific events in childhood or adulthood
  • general feelings of struggle, unhappiness and unease
  • feeling stuck in unhelpful patterns
  • difficulty creating and/or maintaining relationships
  • a search for a spiritual dimension or meaning

In the Core Process model we aim to develop greater awareness of the habits, defences and ways of thinking we have developed in response to past experiences.  As a baby/child there may be few choices available in terms of how to respond to trauma or difficulty.  But if the defenses and self-view we developed then are still in use in adulthood, we can end up stuck with beliefs and repeating behaviours that can be limiting and even destructive, preventing the forming of satisfying relationships and perpetuating self-defeating ways of being.

A mindfulness-based approach involves bringing compassion to ourselves; not always easy in a culture of high expectations and harsh judgement.  In looking deeply at suffering we can change our relationship to it. Paying attention to where there is wellbeing and ease is a key part of the process of transformation.

The issues I work with include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • relationship issues
  • bereavement
  • trauma and abuse
  • low self esteem
  • life-threatening illness

It can happen that the label or diagnosis that we bring to therapy is a symptom of something more subtle, harder to put into words or not yet known to us that needs space and loving attention.  Psychotherapy can be very challenging and it can also be full of lightness and joy as we begin to uncover a more authentic self and live with greater freedom. I feel privileged to accompany people in this journey of returning to our true self.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed four and half years of training at the Karuna Institute in Devon and have a Masters Degree in Core Process Psychotherapy, one of the original mindfulness-based courses.  I started seeing clients in 2007.  I am UKCP accredited.

My background is in general nursing and teaching.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


£50 per 60-minute session.

Concessions are sometimes available.

Further information

Psychotherapy is a relationship; feeling that your therapist is right for you can be as important as the choice of therapeutic approach.  I offer a free first meeting of up to 45 minutes to give you a chance to get a sense of me and for us to see if we can work together.

I work in Ashley Down, close to bus routes and within easy reach of the city centre.

Some afternoon sessions currently available.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS7

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 access: No


Some afternoon spaces currently available.

Types of client