Hatty Hughes UKCP Reg.

Hatty Hughes UKCP Reg.


0117 954 1843

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About me

We can all experience times in our lives when things become very difficult, or needing of attention and understanding, causing us pain and unhappiness.  This could be due to things that happened a long time ago, more recently, or current unexpected life events.

Talking about things in a confidential setting, and finding expression, without judgements or expectations that you should be any particular way, can help to relieve difficult, confusing and painful feelings.  The awareness gained can help you to make creative choices and move on with your life.

I am a fully qualified attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor and music therapist.  I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

I work within an attachment based framework.  This puts relationships in a central position in human experience and development.  We all need attachment figures throughout the lifespan, and this is considered both in the light of current needs, and past experiences that may have involved trauma, rupture, loss and neglect.  The exploration of both your past and present experience is a joint venture between therapist and client. I respect your unique experience and the ways that you have managed it, and treat all information with confidentiality.  As the narrative builds, we may use dialogue and talking, sometimes writing too, and if it feels appropriate to you, music improvisation which can be a powerful medium for expression and experiencing oneself in a different way.

Using the creative arts in therapy can be a catalyst for change.  Music therapy is not about being a musician or being able to play an instrument – it is the use of sounds and music, (song writing, improvisation, perhaps listening to a favourite song) within the developing therapeutic relationship.  Music engages the whole brain and is multi-sensory – as such it can a powerful tool to help repair damage caused by developmental trauma.

You may choose to go with psychotherapy, without the music element and that is fine.  Each individual has different needs and different ways of working, and all are equally valid.

I have been working as a psychotherapist in Bristol for the past 27 years, in a wide variety of settings. These include natural health centres, occupational health, a Bristol- based charity, and independent practice.  I more recently qualified as a music therapist, as I am always deeply interested in developing therapeutic interventions that are effective. I have an enhanced DBS certificate and HCPC registration.  In this context I have worked with children at a trauma centre and adults with severe and long term mental health issues in group work, as well as with individual clients in private practice.

The therapeutic relationship that the client and therapist engage in can provide a secure base from which difficulty of all sorts can be explored and understood. Difficulty may include, for instance:

  • depression
  • loss and bereavement
  • anxiety
  • obsessive difficulties
  • eating problems
  • parenting
  • relationship issues
  • sexuality
  • trauma
  • chaotic or disturbing feelings and experiences
  • work stress
  • feeling that your life is out of control
  • feeling lost, directionless.

I work just off Stokes Croft, near the centre of Bristol, easily accessed by bus.  There is parking within a couple of minutes’ walk. (Tickets available from machine).  You are welcome to bring your bike into the hallway.
I work with individuals in both short and longer term therapy and counselling; also with counsellors and therapists in training.

I also offer supervision.

Please feel free to contact me by phone (0117 954 1843) or email if you would like to find out more, or to arrange an initial session. I will respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at the Bowlby Centre in London, (Post Graduate Psychotherapy Qualification) and the University of the West of England in Bristol (M.A. Music Therapy)
I am particularly experienced in working with the legacy of abuse and trauma, bereavement, relationship issues, loss, depression and anxiety.

Member Organisations:

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The Bowlby Centre (London)

British Association for Music Therapy  (BAMT)

Health and Care Professions Council  (HCPC)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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£50 per session. I try to be as flexible as possible in accommodating your needs and making counselling and therapy accessible and available.

Sessions are 50 minutes long, usually once a week; sometimes clients may wish to increase frequency to twice a week for periods of time.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS6

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

Supervision available