Rhea Hughes MBACP Reg. Counsellor
The Practice Rooms
26 Upper Borough Walls
07751 777 701
You may be going through a difficult time, want to work on longstanding issues, need somewhere to talk about your feelings or concerns openly outside of your usual social circles or you may want to develop your self awareness and potential.
I believe in the power of being really heard and understood, giving you the space to find the way forward that is right for you, at your pace. I aim to offer a confidential and non judgemental space to explore the nature of your difficulties. Counselling may help you to find new ways of coping and to make positive changes to thought patterns or behaviours. It can help you to understand how and why you feel as you do. You may experience an increase in self-acceptance and confidence, with an increased ability to make decisions.
I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics. I have a Level 6 BACP accredited Diploma in Counselling from the University of the West of England, am DBS checked and have liability and indemnity insurance.
As well as having much experience working with anxiety, depression and low self esteem & confidence other experience and areas of interest include:
- Working with students at University or College (see below for more info)
- Working with young adults aged 18-30 (see below for more info)
- Loss of direction or life transitions
- Loss and grief
- Relationship difficulties
- Feeling suicidal
- Self harm
- Health Issues
- Work related issues
This is not an exhaustive list so please do contact me if what is bringing you is not listed here.
Alongside my private practice I work for BUPA as an Employee Assistance Programme Counsellor for employees experiencing difficulties at work or in their personal lives. I also work as a freelance tutor for a counselling skills course.
To be flexible to your needs I offer short and long term / open ended counselling and we can discuss what would be beneficial for you in our first meeting. You may have had some initial limited counselling or support through your GP or a student counselling service but feel you need some longer term support in place.
I understand it is important to find the right person to work with and so the initial appointment is an opportunity to see if we are well suited to work together and look at how counselling can support you. Sessions are 50 minutes long and are on a regular day and time each week. Please get in touch via email or phone to arrange a first appointment or to ask any questions that you might have.
I offer daytime & evening appointments and am based in the centre of Bath. I have some low cost spaces for students and those on a low income - please enquire.
As an integrative counsellor I draw on a variety of counselling theories to inform our work. I believe that given the right environment we have the ability to find our own ways of moving forwards and I facilitate this through a genuine, empathic and non judgmental space. I draw on psychodynamic theory to understand how previous experiences and relationships are influencing us in the present which can help to make sense of experience. I also consider how present circumstances are impacting and can offer creative ways of working if desired.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 6 Diploma in Professional Studies: Counselling - The University of the West of England (BACP accredited training).
- Certificate in Transactional Analysis - TA101 qualification.
- 1 years training in 1 Person-centred counselling - The University of Warwick.
- Counselling skills certificate - Wiltshire College.
Private Practice in Bath working both short and long term with a variety of issues.
BUPA Employee Assistance Counsellor - Working with employees struggling with issues at work or in their personal lives that may be impacting on their work.
If your employer has this programme with BUPA and you are eligible you are able to request to see me as your counsellor if you wish: www.bupa.co.uk/business/business-employee-assistance
Students and Young Adults I have experience working with Students who are at University and College experiencing:
- Feeling isolated and lonely, depressed or anxious
- Feeling lost or unsure about your future
- Working out who you are and who you want to be
- Difficulty with relationships
- Mental health issues
- Social pressures
- Difficulty adapting to living away from home or being in a shared house
- Body image concerns or exploring your sexual identity
- Stress from exams or deadlines, which could be amplifying existing issues
- Fear of not being good enough with expectations building up around you
- Feeling confused and overwhelmed
- Amongst other issues...
I previously worked as a student counsellor at Bath College with young adults.
Before working in Private Practice I worked at:
Help Counselling Services in Trowbridge offering short - mid terms counselling for a variety of issues
The Swan Project in Bristol offering low cost long term counselling for mental health issues and alcohol use amongst other issues
Having a background in social care I also have insight into the impact of disability and health conditions.
I also participate in Continued Professional Development (CPD):
Understanding Sexual Violence
Understanding Domestic Violence
Child Sexual Abuse Training
Models and theories for working with alcohol dependency
Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Short term counselling
Working with Diverse Cultures
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
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Sessions are £40. I do offer some low cost spaces / concessions for students and those on a low income - please enquire.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and abide by their code of ethics. I am fully insured and participate in ongoing professional development.
If you have any requirements to make my service accessible to you please contact me and I will do my best to meet your needs or refer you to someone who can. Some low cost spaces available, please enquire.
You can also see my website for more information. Feel free to contact me to arrange an initial appointment or to ask any questions that you may have.
I am based in the Centre of Bath on Upper Borough Walls, opposite Sam Wellers pub and next door to Ladbrokes betting shop. I am about 10 minutes walk from Bath Spa train station and bus station. The nearest car park is Waitrose Car park, about 5 minutes away. Great Pultney Street has pay and display parking and is about a 5 minute walk. After 7pm you may be able to find free on street parking around the town centre.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||I have level 1 British Sign Language|
Daytime and Evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|