Barry Hill BS3 (MBACP, Mindfulness, Stress, CBT, Dip.Couns, Bereavement)

Barry Hill BS3 (MBACP, Mindfulness, Stress, CBT, Dip.Couns, Bereavement)

About me

NEW FOR 2017
Sliding scale for fees:   £25 - £40  (see fees below)

I am 66 years old and live and work in Bristol, UK. I have spent most of my life working in teaching and training roles of various kinds.

I am a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and a registrant on the BACP accredited voluntary register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I am accredited as a Breathworks Mindfulness Trainer, qualified to teach Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Health courses.  Details:  

I am listed on the UK Mindfulness Teachers register;

I am now running 1 to 1 and small group Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress 8-week courses in South Bristol, send an email to enquire.

I am a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order (ex-Western Buddhist Order) and teach Buddhist meditation classes and retreats in and around Bristol.

I work away from home in a comfortable and very peaceful counselling room in Bedminster, Bristol, UK within easy reach of buses, trains and good parking. It is possible to safely store a bicycle.

I can offer reduced rates to anyone wanting counselling but in difficult financial circumstances, and will consider offering fortnightly sessions to ease payment.  I offer a lower hourly rate for the initial introductory session.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified in 1993 as a Counsellor with a Certificate and Diploma in Counselling from the Central School of Counselling and Therapy and have worked regularly as a Counsellor since then.

I have studied CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and have a CBT Practitioner Certificate from the University of the West of England.

I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a registrant on their accredited voluntary register of Counsellors and Pyschotherapists.

I have passed the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Certificate of Proficiency

I am an Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher

I am a Member of CAPPP (Counsellors & Psychotherapists in Private Practice) Network - South West UK

I was accredited in 1994 as Cruse Bereavement Counsellor.

I am an accredited Co-teacher in Co-Counselling.

The past 5 years I have been studying Marshall Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication teachings. I have an NVC Foundation certificate and am currently working toward becoming an accredited NVC trainer.

I have been a Buddhist for 30 years, and an Ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order for 14 years. I enjoy exploring the spiritual dimensions of therapy and counselling.

I have an Advanced Diploma in Speech and Drama from the Central School of Speech and Drama in Swiss Cottage, London.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress/Anxiety, Pain/Illness

CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)

Mindfulness in Health Care

Meditation and Relaxation

Non-Violent Communication (NVC)


I am committed to providing the best, most professional Counselling support I can for anyone who wants to make the Counselling journey with me.  I value parity of access to Counselling and feel unhappy when someone chooses to not do this journey for financial reasons.  I want to operate a fee system which takes a range of financial situations into account and makes Counselling accessible to all, whatever the situation. 

From January 2017 I am operating a sliding scale of fees;
£25ph;  for people who are unwaged and living entirely on income support, educational grants or pension.
£30ph;  for people who are waged but mainly living on income support
£35ph;  for people who are earning a wage but their living situation often makes it difficult to make ends meet
£40ph;  for people who are employed full time and earning a full living wage

Relationship Counselling is an extra £10ph.  We can discuss your shared financial situation.  

After an initial period of weekly Counselling, it may be possible to offer an option to attend fortnightly to ease financial outlay.  The cost of fortnightly sessions would be negotiated.

Further information

My counselling style draws from all of my qualifications and interests - it is very person-centred. I encourage clients to shape and direct sessions themselves in order to create a safe and creative space.

When you come for Counselling we are making together a special space where you can safely explore your concerns and difficulties. This space is held by building a strong and trusting relationship.  This is why connection and safety are important factors when choosing a Counsellor. The choice is very important and, for this reason, I like to see a prospective client twice before we each sign a formal, written Counselling contract.  Once we are sure we can work together, then the Counselling can begin.

I also work as a Supervisor, either individually or in teams at a special hourly rate.

Sessions are 1 hour, ideally on a regular, weekly basis and I follow the BACP Code of Ethics.

I have regular Supervision with a UKCP accredited Psychoanalyst and regular Mindfulness Supervision

Online, email or telephone counselling available

Member Organisation(s)

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Breathworks Mindfulness
CAPPP (Counsellors & Psychotherapists in Private Practice) Network - South West UK)

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS3

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Monday evenings, all day and evenings Tues, Wed and Thurs

Types of client

Older adults
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