Kim Rutherford

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Executive Psychotherapist and Life Coach - BAHon/AdvDipPsych
Available for new clients
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Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 0AB
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

You are in the right place if you are a senior leader or business professional looking for support with:

  • ADHD Management
  • Stress & Burnout
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Work / Career Stress
  • Work life balance
  • Self Confidence & Self Esteem
  • Weight Loss Surgery
  • Navigating Relationships

I am not your typical Counsellor / Therapist, as I am also a registered:

  • Life Coach
  • Published Author
  • Leadership Consultant
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Speaker
  • Founder of the unique 8Wise™ Wellness Method for psychological wellbeing.  

My experience spans over: 

  • 20 years’ working within people and career development.
  • 15 years working in corporate leadership roles (internationally).
  • 5 years as Director of my own Consultancy firm and Private Therapy Practice.

I have worked with leaders from a wide range of sectors, including but not limited to: Education, NHS, Charities, Housing, Health and Social Care, Architecture, Property Development, Manufacturing, Accounting, Legal Services and Government Departments.

Leaders work with me to navigate challenging times, make difficult decisions with confidence, develop effective lifestyle habits and strategies, overcome trauma, get unstuck, stop feeling lost and move forward in life with a clarity that leads to a healthier happier mind, and improved quality of life.

My preferred client is someone who likes a straight talker who uses practical tangible methods and a tough love approach that enhances performance and productivity in the areas they are looking to improve.

If that’s you then please schedule a free 30 minute consultation for a no obligation conversation, or check out some of my published resources here: 

I can work remotely or face to face, and can be flexible with days and times if required. So, if you feel 'now' is the right time for you to get some support and make positive changes in your life, your business or your career, then get in touch. I promise a friendly face, an empathetic ear and a safe and confidential space for you to work through things at your own pace.

Please scroll to pictures for testimonials and get in touch if you would like more information.


Q: How long are sessions?

On average 60 minutes, but longer intensive sessions are also available. The number of sessions is dependent on your specific needs.

Q: What to expect after contacting you?

On receiving your enquiry, I will offer you a Free, No Obligation 30-minute Consultation via Zoom, an informal chat to get to know each other better. If after the consultation you choose to move forward with me we agree timelines, book your first appointment and I request payment in full at time of booking. 

Q: How do I access the sessions?

For face to face session I will provide you with a time slot and confirm the address. You are required to arrive at least 5 minutes prior to your session in order to check in at the reception. The receptionist will advise me of your arrival and send you to the 2nd floor either by the stairs or the lift, whichever option works best for you.  I will then meet you when you arrive onto the 2nd floor and escort you to the office.

For online appointments I will send you a confirmation email for the appointment plus a Zoom log in which you simply click on at the time of your appointment which will bring you into a private online meeting room with myself.  If you have a calendar that you manage I can also send a Zoom invite, that can be directly added to your calendar with reminders attached depending on your own set up.

Q: What to expect during a session?

Each session provides an opportunity for you to talk freely about your issues, identify the goals you would like to focus on, and set realistic tasks and timelines to meet them.  It also allows us to identify specific challenges, or problems you would like to find solutions for.

In our first session together, we will spend some time identifying the current issues and setting some realistic short-term and long-term goals that you would like to focus on, and we will identify the first steps to reaching them.

Q: What if I need more information

Book in for your FREE 'No Obligation' 30-minute consultation
Check out my website
Check out my social media platforms

Training, qualifications & experience


BA Hons Criminology
Advanced Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapy
Post Graduate: Directors Development Programme
Level 4 in Counselling Practice
Level 4 in Coaching and Mentoring
Level 3 in Counselling Theory 
Level 3 in Hypnotherapy 
Accredited Psychometric Assessor - Insights 

Qualified and experienced psychotherapist and personal development coach with a professional background spanning nearly 20 years in corporate senior management within leadership and organisational development.   I am also a published author, podcast host and executive contributor for Brainz Magazine.

Mental health and Personal Development has been part of my life since childhood in one way or another, it’s what inspired me to open up my private practice, create 8Wise™  and write my book: 8 Wise Ways to a Healthier Happier Mind.

Trained with: University of Liverpool, Hope University, Chrysalis Training, Insights, Reed Learning, In Professional Development


Association of Coaching
National Society of Counselling
National Society of Hypnotherapy

Published Author
Named as one of top 50 Wellness personalities in Liverpool
Wellbeing Radio Host
Executive contributor to Brainz Magazine
Guest speaker for:

Skills and Education Group
Randox Health
Plus Group
Epic for Life
Men Are Nuts (podcast)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Work related stress
  • Negative thinking patterns
  • Wellness and Wellbeing
  • Managing a team
  • Business Start Up
  • Mental Health and wellbeing
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Assertiveness
  • Leadership Development
  • Negative Behaviours
  • Motivation
  • Group Coaching
  • Trauma


£150.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

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

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

Additional information


  • 30 minute online consultation: £0
  • 60 minute online or in person session: £150
  • Half day online or in person session: £750
  • Full day, online or in person session: £1500


8Wise Discovery: I will guide you through the 8 Wise method supporting you to create your own strategic plan for reaching your specific goals in 6 x 60 minute sessions. £900 - includes a copy of 8 Wise Ways to. Healthier Mind and the 8Wise 12-Week Journal paperback books.

8Wise Accelerator: I will take you through the 8 Wise method to create your in-depth, step by step, tailored, strategic plan for reaching your specific goals in 12 x 60 minute sessions. £1449 - includes a copy of 8 Wise Ways to. Healthier Mind and the 8Wise 12-Month Planner paperback books.


  • I recommend fortnightly or monthly sessions depending on your needs and circumstances - we can of course discuss this in your initial consultation.
  • As well as virtual appointments via Teams or Zoom, I can also provide a comfortable and relaxing coaching room in Liverpool city centre or I am available for onsite visits - expenses may be incurred depending on the location.


  • Payment is required at time of booking
  • There is a 48 hour cancellation period, if less time is given unfortunately I will have to charge for the session or the it off of the remaining sessions from your package.
  • Payments can be made via: Bank transfer, Paypal, Credit / Debit card using stripe or Company invoice (if company is paying)
  • Electronic Gift Vouchers are available

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Face to Face is provided Morning and Afternoon between 9am and 5pm. Latest appointment is 5pm due to building closure.

Evening and weekend appointments are only available via Zoom.

Further information

My Linktree:

 - My Book: 8 Wise ways to a healthier happier mind

- 8Wise 12-Week Journal

- 8Wise 12-Month planner


I am based on the 2nd Floor of my building with wheelchair access and both a stairs and a lift option.  You will be greeted by a friendly reception who contact me on your arrival. There is local parking available within a 5 minute walk, it is a 10 minute walk from Liverpool One bus terminal and a 15 minute walk from Liverpool Central Station.

I work collaboratively with each individual and so the process is very bespoke to you, your personal needs and your personality. 

I work using a range of methods all of which are available to you within a single fee.  


I would highly recommend working with Kim in any capacity possible. I undertook 8 Wise coaching sessions during the lockdown period and her guidance, support and advice was one of the main reasons I got through it unscathed! Kim's approach made me feel instantly comfortable and relaxed. Her 8 Wise approach really helped me explore all parts of my life, it helped me realise the work I needed on the different areas. I am well on my way after my sessions, motivated, focused and feeling closer to healing some old wounds I'd buried deep. Thank you Kim forever grateful!

Embarking on a new career in a new sector could be a daunting prospect. However, Kim’s support and 8 Wise guidance helped me to thrive in my new role and managing an extremely stressful transition tackling any obstacles head-on. Through Kim's 8 Wise coaching, I began to think more strategically, both about my own career and my life as a whole. I was able to map my personal development towards achieving career objectives and my life milestones. As a result, I felt (for the first time) that I had full ownership of my goals and my wellness and wellbeing.

As a manager I was struggling a lot with work stress, the support I received from Kim through her 8 Wise model was entirely holistic, which was a breath of fresh air within my corporate setting. Although there was a focus on personal development, Kim was always open to coaching me through more personal aspects of my professional and personal life with the 8 Wise model. I felt wholly confident in discussing any issues with Kim, safe in the knowledge that I was firmly in control of the process and the path I chose to take. I would recommend Kim and her 8 Wise approach for any career, business or personal blockers you may experience. I believe that her support and the 8 Wise guidance played a pivotal role in enabling me to change my life and improve my health.

Kim has helped and supported me to become the confident person I am today. She was my mentor and coach for two years at a time when I was stressed and filled with anxiety due to the difficulty of transitioning from university student to corporate trainee manager. Using the 8 Wise approach I found I was able to resolve my issues in an effective way. It helped me to identify who I am as a person and the strengths I have developed through my own life which I have since been able to use to improve areas of my life. I would definitely recommend Kim and the 8 Wise programme as a way of managing and overcoming stressful situations in life.

I contacted Kim for 8 Wise coaching regarding my mental health, career, personal life and how to move forward positively. I can highly recommend the 8 Wise programme; Kim truly understands where I was coming from and offered really good guidance and thought provoking questions. I have never questioned Kim's ability to empathise and fully understanding my career, aspirations or personal issues regarding family. Her experiences have helped her understand where the client is coming from. I gained a huge amount from my 8 Wise sessions and thoroughly enjoyed them as Kim is personable, with good uplifting humour and spirit - she just gets it!

The 8 Wise programme can be summed up in one world – Amazing! I left each session feeling so positive about my personal future but also as a business owner I left with a renewed self-confidence and self-belief in my own ideas and ability to manage and grow my business effectively. I feel there is structure and guidance in what Kim is providing with 8 Wise for all elements of life and I am ready to go! Thank you, Kim, for your help so far and I look forward to a long working relationship and support for the future.

The 8 Wise programmes did not give me the answers, but rather, it gave me the tools to figure out the answers for myself, something which has had a significant impact on my confidence and ability to make progress within my personal life and my career. Being one of a group of ten people on the 8 Wise programme, I was inspired by how the programme could adapt to each of us depending on our mental health issues, individual work-styles and personalities. Overall, 8 Wise and Kim’s mentoring has made a significant difference in my personal development and I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for her – thanks Kim

Kim is a great counsellor, coach and mentor all in one, so it’s not surprising that the 8 Wise programme changes lives, it certainly did mine. It helped me at a difficult time in my life and I discovered that I was suffering with anxiety attacks alongside my depression and suicidal thoughts, which I hadn’t realised. Using the programme, I worked through various limiting beliefs and unhelpful behaviours of mine which have been transformed so that I now show up as my best self for myself, not just other people. Now I’m creating a life and business that I love, and it’s given me the stability I have longed for, all thanks to 8 Wise.

Wow, the knowledge and experience of Kim is second to none, I got so much out of one initial session that I jumped straight onto the 8 Wise programme and I never looked back. It’s a first class programme that helped me to end a very toxic relationship without the overwhelming guilt I had experienced in the past, and feel like my happy self again

8 Wise is a really great programme which provided me with a lot of new ways of thinking about my wellbeing and mental health. I love the 8 Wise model.
Kim, I was thinking about all of the support and guidance you gave me as I started to review my 8 Wise Transition plan for the second time this year. Thank you for the tools and learnings you have given me through sharing your 8 Wise approach, it really did change my life.

Just had an amazing 8 Wise session with my wonderful therapist Kim Rutherford of Dalton Wise. She listens, understands and provides you with the 8 Wise tools to help find the solutions and prevent things getting too much, so I can maintain a healthy mind. As someone who has experienced counselling many times in my life, I can say without doubt that 8 Wise is a strong tool that I wish more therapists would use as it has brought me back to myself. My 8 Wise sessions each month are the same as paying for my hair, my nails or gym membership. They make me feel great and keep me on track. With 8 Wise I have learnt not to let the little things become the big things, and it makes me feel back in control of my mental health.

Sitting and simply having a chat with Kim about the 8 Wise programme has given me clarity in not only what I want out of life but a better understanding of how to achieve it.   Balance is the key, and the unique 8 Wise model is a great way of really visualising all the important aspects of my life that affect my wellbeing. I genuinely look forward to every meeting.

Kim Rutherford is also registered with Life Coach Directory.

54 St. James Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 0AB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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Wheel chair friendly main entrance. Lift access. Local Parking.

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Kim Rutherford
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