Kathryn Murray. Dip.Counselling (mbacp)
As a qualified and BACP registered counsellor I have had over 10 years experience in the mental health and voluntary sector, working at organisations such as Samaritans and Signpost for Carers.
As well as running my own counselling practice in the North of Wales, I have worked with clients within the NHS at GP's surgeries providing counselling to clients of all ages with a variety of presenting issues.
I have worked as an affiliate counsellor for both Ysbyty Gwynedd and Bangor University and continue to provide support to staff members in the work place.
I have had many years experience in providing counselling to students in the area and the issues they face.
My Counselling Approach And Philosophy
I find my work very rewarding and feel passionate about helping others. You are welcomed into a safe, none judgemental, nurturing and confidential space where we can explore how you are feeling at a pace that is right for you.
I offer an integrative approach to counselling and very much tailor the service to your needs. I believe that everyone is beautifully unique and through the right counselling relationship and approach, counselling can help you make positive and lasting change in your life. It can also help you understand yourself and the world around you better.
I facilitate one to one, couples and group therapy, as well as therapy through the employee assistance programme for a variety of issues and topics.
Group and one to one therapy sessions are available for students.
Through encompassing many techniques and theories into my approach to my work with you, I use my personality, nurture and gentle challenge to achieve what you would like to gain from counselling. I work with many issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship and family difficulties, work related issues, childhood issues, bereavement and loss, anger, eating disorders, pregnancy, abortion and miscarriage, carer support, sexual abuse, domestic violence and abuse, bullying and many more.
Bangor - The counselling room is near to the centre of Bangor, also within walking distance of the train station, bus stop and Bangor University. There is free roadside parking outside the centre. It is also easily accessible via bus, train or car from Anglesey and areas of Gwynedd.
Colwyn Bay - I am located in the centre of Colwyn Bay (just off the A55 and easily accessible from surrounding areas such as Llandudno, Deganwy, Old Colwyn, Rhos-on-Sea, Bangor, Menai Bridge etc), Within walking distance of the local train station and major bus routes. There is lots of free parking too.
I offer concessionary rates for those on a low income, unemployed and students.
Training, qualifications & experience
- ABC Level 2 Counselling Concepts
- ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
I see the value of continued professional development and so regularly attend on going training. I have attended the following training, supervision specific sessions and workshops:
- Domestic Abuse Course (The Freedom Programme).
- Samaritans Training.
- Working With and supporting Carers.
- Breaking the Silence: Working With Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse.
- Treating Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks.
- Growing Your Practice.
- E.F.T (Emotional Freedom Technique).
- Working with Children and Young People.
- Bereavement therapy.
- Substance misuse.
- Social anxiety.
- Couples/relationship counselling.
- Work related stress.
- Group therapy.
In addition to running private practice I have worked voluntarily for organisations and within the NHS at GP's surgeries. I have previously worked as a volunteer counsellor at SignPost for Carers in Stockport, providing counselling for adult carers and spent several years volunteering for the Samaritans prior to this. I have extensive experience of counselling aspects such as anxiety and depression, domestic abuse, bullying, attachment issues, eating and weight related topics, addictions as well as work related stress.
I have had experience of counselling students and Lecturers and the issues they face including anxiety, abuse, depression, confidence and self esteem, eating disorders and stress. I offer student discounts.
Also I have had many years experience in treating work related stress and take referrals through the employee assistance programme. Referrals from solicitors regarding trauma/personal injury as well as family issues are also welcomed.
I provide walk and talk therapy in the summer months and also group sessions outdoors, as well as mindfulness walks and nature relaxation sessions.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have an interest in attachment and how we attach to others. I use an integrative approach including aspects of Transnational Analysis and Attachment Theory to help clients understand themselves and how they relate and attach to others. This can include aspects and behaviours such as hoarding and relational issues as well as codependency. I aim to help clients explore these issues so they are able to live autonomous lives free from these constraints.
I can provide therapeutic tools and techniques including forms of relaxation and mindfulness to help manage anxiety and use talking therapy as means to explore possible roots of anxiety.
My aim with many clients is to help provide support for survivors of abuse and those also currently in abusive relationships. I aspire to empower my clients as much as possible in these difficult situations and provide an empathic, none judgemental space in order to increase awareness around their own process and improve self worth as well as being able to recognise the signs of abuse to reduce future exposure to toxic relationships.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
*FREE initial telephone consultation.
- Individual Therapy £30-£50 depending on circumstances.
- Couples Therapy £90.
- Group Therapy £30
- Concessionary rates available for those on a low income, unemployed and students.
- Home visits also available.
Please feel free to call, If I am unable to take your call, please leave a message with your name and contact number and I will get back to you at the earliest opportunity. Please advise whether I am able to leave you a message or send a text. Alternatively you can text or email.
All calls and inquiries are treated with confidentiality.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|