About me

Background
As a qualified and BACP registered counsellor, I have had over 15 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 well established counselling practice and therapy centre.

Along with running my counselling practice, I have worked with clients within the NHS 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. 

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 face to face therapy as well as telephone and online therapy, and therapy through the employee assistance programme for a variety of issues and topics.

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 fear, anxiety, isolation, 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, debt and financial worry and many more.

Location

I offer nation wide telephone and online counselling. I also offer walk and talk therapy in the summer months.

Bangor - The Papillon Counselling Centre is in Bangor, within walking distance of the train station, bus stop and Bangor University.  It is also easily accessible via bus, train or car from Anglesey and areas of Gwynedd.

Colwyn Bay - With road side free parking and access via bus and train routs.

Concessions
I offer concessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications

  • ABC Level 2 Counselling Concepts
  • ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency

Further Training
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).
  • Suicide.
  • Working with Children and Young People.
  • Bereavement therapy.
  • Substance misuse.
  • Depression.
  • Social anxiety.
  • Couples/relationship counselling.
  • O.C.D.
  • Managing panic attacks.
  • Work related stress.
  • Group therapy.
  • Mindfulness.
  • Increasing self worth and esteem.
  • Working remotely.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D).

My Experience
In addition to running private practice I have worked for organisations and within the NHS at GP's surgeries. I have previously worked as a volunteer counsellor at SignPost for Carers, 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 and offer online counselling to students and lecturers nation wide. Student discounts are available.

Also I have had many years experience in treating work related stress and take referrals through the employee assistance programme.

In 2019 I founded the Papillon Counselling Centre in Bangor. This is a tranquil space ideal for talking therapies. Papillon is French for butterfly and was chosen as it represents positive change and transformation.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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.

The Therapy Centre

The therapy centre has two counselling rooms, both ideal for one to one sessions, couples therapy, group therapy and blended approaches including online and telephone sessions with work stations provided in each room. There is also an inviting waiting area and staff room/kitchen facilities. Please get in touch for further details. 

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

*FREE initial telephone consultation.

  • Individual Therapy £50.
  • Concessionary rates available (please enquire). 

Availability

Daytime and evening appointments available.

Services are limited during the current pandemic. Please enquire as to how we can work together in a safe way. This may require remote work.

Further information

Contact Information
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.

Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57

Colwyn Bay
LL29

Type of session

In person
Home visits
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

The counselling centre is on the first floor and so not accessible, however I am able offer telephone sessions as an alternative.

Additional languages

Welsh/Cymraeg

Kathryn Murray

Kathryn Murray