Update on services offered

During these days of isolation, when face-to-face appointments are no longer recommended, I am offering the following telehealth counselling services.

  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.]
  3. Instant messaging/Texting or Email subscription service. During the months that we do not meet face-to-face, you are welcome to text or email as often as you like, and I will respond promptly, and within 48 hours. I will send an invoice at the end of each month. This subscription service will end once we meet face-to-face, by telephone or videocall, or when you notify me that it is no longer needed. [Fee: $75 per month]


Individual, couple and family therapist


Clinical Supervision for counsellors and chaplains


  • 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 7 years, offering a confidential and affordable counselling service to men, women, adolescents, children, couples and families in Northern Victoria.

Supervision for counsellors, and school chaplains  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

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 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.