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Kathryn Murray. Dip.Counselling (mbacp)

Bangor LL57 & Colwyn Bay LL29
07710 560210 07710 560210

About me

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 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 online and telephone 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.


I offer nation wide telephone 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 - The North Wales Counselling Centre is located in Colwyn Bay, with road side free parking and access via bus and train routs.

I offer concessionary rates for those on a low income, unemployed, students, key workers and OAP's.

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.
  • Work related stress.
  • Group therapy.
  • Mindfulness.

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.

Referrals from solicitors regarding trauma/personal injury as well as family issues are also welcomed.

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.

If you are interested in booking a therapy room as a fellow counsellor please get in touch. There are hourly and daily rates available.

Member organisations


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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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*FREE initial telephone consultation.

  • Individual Therapy £30-£50 depending on circumstances.
  • Concessionary rates available for those on a low income, unemployed, students, key workers and OAP's.

Concessions offered for

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

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.


Colwyn Bay

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Welsh/Cymraeg


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

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


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.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Kathryn Murray. Dip.Counselling (mbacp)

Kathryn Murray. Dip.Counselling (mbacp)