Trish Bruce, MSc, Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

Trish Bruce, MSc, Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

99 Hovingham Drive
North Yorkshire
YO12 5XT

01723 353682

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About me

The experience of being listened to, with empathy and compassion, can be surprisingly powerful. I have found, both personally and professionally, that counselling can make a significant difference to our lives. I welcome the opportunity of working with you to discover who you are, how you experience being in the world and what you choose for your future.

We can work together for 6 - 10 sessions or on a longer term basis on issues such as

  • generalised anxiety
  • depression
  • relationship issues
  • phobias
  • work issues
  • stress
  • loss
  • family issues
  • emotions caused by physical difficulties
  • spiritual issues
  • or for self development.

Stress and feelings of being overwhelmed can feel suffocating. Loss can include bereavement, divorce or redundancy, for example, and can feel devastating.

Our sessions will allow you to understand yourself and your responses more fully and help you to feel supported to make choices about the future. Sometimes we continue repeating patterns from the past that are unhelpful in the present time. Understanding when you are doing this and where it has occurred previously, can give you insights into why you behave as you do. You may discover ways to make changes in your life or find that you would benefit from accepting things as they are. We will work together to help you to bring about the changes or acceptance you choose.

I find that working with the body can be a very enriching experience. By noticing what is happening in our bodies, we gain information about our emotions and patterns of behaviour. Once we have this awareness, it helps us to make informed choices for the future.

Sometimes, just understanding the way our brain and body's systems work, can help us realise that what we are experiencing is quite natural and we are not 'losing it'.

In this busy world where everyone seems to be in a hurry, we often think that we should feel better more quickly. However, things take time, and having patience with ourselves and people around us can make a huge difference. We need time to recover from illness and trauma and to notice our feelings. In our work together we can practice having patience and notice our resistance to it if this comes up.

I am also a qualified occupational therapist and have worked in the NHS and in the voluntary sector for 30 years. I have experience of how bodies work in a physical sense and this has led to my interest in how emotions affect our bodies and the pain and limitation holding onto difficult emotions can cause.

I am committed to continuing to develop my skills and attend several workshops and training events each year. This keeps me up to date with new research and also allows me additional ways of understanding and exploring issues in my work with you.

My Vision - A Garden of Discovery

I see your life as a garden where you nurture your hopes and dreams. BUT sometimes growth can be restricted by the weeds of anxiety and fear. The nutrients can be leached from the soil by depression. Bereavement and loss can leave a gaping hole.

In our counselling sessions, we will explore the issues which are concerning you and causing difficulties in your life.

Gardening can be hard work, involving digging, pulling weeds and dealing with pests. The pests may be unknown to you or those you have been trying to ignore.

Together, we can discover the best way to nurture your garden and allow it to flourish. Along the way there is a strong possibility that we may find new plants and seedlings of treasured plants you thought you had lost. We may also discover that boundary walls crumble to reveal further areas of fertile land.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Relational Centred Counselling
  • MSc in Professional Health Studies
  • Certificate in Mindfulness
  • Certificate in Mindfulness and Compassion
  • Courses in Bereavement Counselling
  • Courses in Bodywork
  • 11 years experience of working with clients in private practice
  • 9 years experience as a volunteer bereavement supporter at St Catherine's Hospice, Scarborough
  • Diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • 30 years working with the NHS and in the voluntary sector as an occupational therapist

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in bereavement and loss, spiritual issues and bodywork.

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  • Counselling room
  • Counselling room


£35 per one hour session
Concessions are available for people on a low income or for trainees who need counselling as part of their course requirement.

Further information

I also practise Reiki healing and may use this in counselling sessions, after discussion, if we think it would be useful. I am a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, who ensure that I am fit to practise complementary therapies by checking my insurance is valid and I am up to date with continuing professional development.


Maps & Directions

Scarborough, YO12 5XT

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

My counselling room is up one flight of stairs.


Various times are available throughout the week until 8pm.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme