Suspension of services until August

From May 1 to July 31, 2021 this service will be closed. Emails and other communications will be responded to from August 1, when normal services will resume.

Update on services offered during COVID-19

Face-to-face appointments are now on offer if this is your preference, and you are well. Cleaning is carried out between each appointment. If the situation changes in Bendigo you will be contacted and offered alternative arrangements. [Usual Fee: $90 per 55 minute session or $60 for people with a valid concession card].

I am offering the following telehealth counselling services if this is your preference.

  1. Telephone counselling – I call you at the time of the appointment and I send an invoice by email/text. [Fee: $80 per 55 minute session or $60 for people with a valid concession card.]
  2. Video call – I call you at the time of the appointment using your videoconference app of choice – FaceTime, Skype, Whatsapp, Zoom, etc. and I send an invoice by email/text. [Fee: $80 per 55 minute session.]


Individual, couple and family therapist


Clinical supervision for counsellors, school chaplains and those in pastoral ministry.


  • PACFA (Clinical) Reg. 21741
  • CCAA (Clinical) Reg.17283
  • ARCAP Registered

More than 40 years experience as a counsellor and teacher

RuthThorne Counselling has been operating in Sedgwick for 9 years, offering a confidential and affordable counselling service to men, women, adolescents, children, couples and families in Central Victoria.

Clinical supervision for counsellors, school chaplains and people in ministry (e.g. The Anglican Diocese of Bendigo) is also offered.

This service offers counselling for people about the issues that get us down, and threaten to overwhelm us.

Along with counselling, Ruth lectures and mentors students in counselling, writes and presents seminars and workshops. 

Qualifications and accreditation

Ruth has a Masters degree in Counselling from CHC and a PhD in Counselling and Psychology from ACU. She is on the Australian National Register of Counsellors, and holds clinical registration with the national registration body PACFA. Ruth is accredited by the CCAA, a national counsellor certifying agency with strong ethical guidelines as a clinical member. Her focus is on counselling for women, men, couples, families, young people and children around issues of relationships, grief, abuse, depression and anxiety and the challenges that life throws at us.

Ruth is a founding member of the Central Victoria Narrative Network, and an active member of the Mental Health Professional Network, and continually works to update her knowledge and skills.

What others have said

Ruth’s exceptionally patient and generous counselling enabled me to calm my anxious mind, and live meaningfully according to my core values. She helped me see myself and my relationships with greater compassion and objectivity. Ruth’s approach combined extensive knowledge, keen insight and deep respect for my autonomy and individuality.

Highly Recommended. I’ve known Ruth for over 40 years and I believe you will not find a more sensitive, informed, compassionate counsellor.

A very kind, deeply reflective and thoughtful person.

I’ve known Ruth through professional supervision for several years and come to appreciate the care she takes in reflecting on her practice. She is always on the look out for creative ways to improve her work and does loads of thinking and reading between visits with clients. I would recommend Ruth as a counsellor of reliable integrity and professionalism.

Ruth has a wonderful calming nature, guiding gently with patience and professionalism.

Ruth contributed significantly to the Centre’s evaluation projects, leveraging both her theoretical knowledge and practical experience to help improve practices and outcomes. Her calm, thoughtful and professional approach made her an invaluable team member.

Working with Ruth made me think deeper and consider new possibilities.