Hatty Hughes

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Bristol, Avon, BS6
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Welcome!  If you are reading this, you are seeking something, and it's so important to find the right therapist or counsellor for you.  With that in mind, it is necessary for me to let you know that I will be retiring at the end of this year, in December 2024.  This could work well if you are seeking short term, focussed work - perhaps you have a particular issue that you would like to talk through; or have already done some work with counselling and therapy and want to revisit something. Much can be achieved with short term work - you may even just want one session as a consultation, or exploration of something specific.  What I can't offer you is open-ended work.

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 bring over 30 years experience to the work.  As a psychotherapist and music therapist, I engage with people throughout the lifespan, from children through to young people, adults, and older adults.  I work within an attachment based framework and an awareness of an ecopsychological viewpoint that recognises our relationship in and with nature. This puts all relationships in a central position in our 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.

Psychotherapy is a talking therapy, and as such talking is what we do.

Using the creative arts in therapy as well, can be a catalyst for change.  You may not be interested in this - that's fine!  If you are though, 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.

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.

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 hold an enhanced DBS Certificate.

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). 

I work with individuals in both short and longer term therapy and counselling; also with counsellors and therapists in training.

I offer supervision and am registered with the UKCP as a supervisor.

I follow the UKCP code of ethics, diversity and equality. This is committed to addressing issues of prejudice and discrimination in relation to the
mental well being, political belief, gender and gender identity, sexual preference or
orientation, disability, marital or partnership status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, heritage identity, religious or spiritual identity, age or socio-economic class of individuals and groups.  This information can be accessed on the UKCP website.

Please feel free to contact me by 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

B.A.Hons. (1st) Gender Studies, University of East London. 1990.

Postgraduate Psychotherapy Certification,  UKCP.  The Bowlby Centre, London.  1989 - 1993.

M.A. Music Therapy.  (Distinction). The University of the West of England.  2018.

Foundation Certificate in Ecopsychology and Nature Based Practice.  Natural Academy. 2022.

I have participated in many continuing professional development training courses over the years.

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

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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£55.00 per session

Additional information

£55 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.

Bristol, Avon, BS6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to bathroom facilities.

Additional languages

Some spanish


In person

Supervision available.

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Hatty Hughes
Hatty Hughes