Katharine Rider Psychotherapy

Core Process Psychotherapist in North Bristol



Psychotherapy/Counselling in Ashley Down, close to Bishopston and Clifton

Due to Covid-19 I am currently working online or by phone. I intend to return to working in person when it is safe to do so. For this reason I am mainly taking on clients who would be able to come to my practice room once it is possible. There are some exceptions to this: see FAQ for more detail.

The decision to have therapy is a personal one and can be prompted by many things:

  • specific life events in childhood or adulthood
  • general feelings of struggle, unhappiness, dissatisfaction or unease
  • feeling stuck in unhelpful patterns
  • difficulty creating and maintaining relationships
  • a search for a spiritual dimension or meaning


    How I work

    I am an experienced, accredited psychotherapist with the UKCP and work one-to-one with adults. I am based near Bishopston, within easy reach of Clifton and the city centre and on the Concorde Way cycle route.

    Psychotherapy/Counselling can be a mid- to long-term process on an open-ended basis. It is also possible to do very effective short-term work focussed on specific issues.

    I offer a free first meeting, lasting up to 45 minutes, which gives you the chance to ask any questions and perhaps more importantly to get a sense of who I am and how I work as a psychotherapist. If we decide to work together, we will usually contract to do six sessions. In the 6th session we will review the work and see whether it feels right to continue. These reviews take place from time to time and offer a chance for us both to reflect on the sessions.

    Issues that I work with include:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Relationship issues
  • Low self-esteem
  • Grief, loss and bereavement
  • Depression
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Life-threatening illness
  • Challenges of being a carer

    I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for what can be a challenging and also a very joyous experience of learning to live more fully and with more freedom. Joy can come from changing deep habits of mind and negative self perceptions and replacing judgment with compassion. The therapy space contains a welcome for all expressions of emotion: anger and sorrow, laughter and lightness.

    Core Process work has at its heart the idea that we are all inherently healthy and that however much it may have been obscured by painful or difficult life experiences, our health is always available to us (in Tibetan Buddhism this inherent health is called 'Brilliant Sanity'). By looking deeply at suffering we can change our relationship to it and acknowledge that as well as pain it can also bring strength.

    My practice is located in Ashley Down, close to bus and cycle routes to the city centre and within easy reach of Bishopston, Clifton, Montpelier, St Werburgh's and North Bristol.

    I work to the Karuna Institute code of ethics, and my work is fully supervised and insured.
    To read more about the terms 'psychotherapy' and 'counselling' see FAQ.

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