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About me

At different points in our lives we can become overwhelmed with what is going on inside or around us, with little space to reflect on how we might want things to be different.
I provide a warm, friendly, safe, and confidential space without judgment for you to explore whatever you are facing in life. Whether it is a particular event(s) that has caused you distress, or something which is perhaps unknown to you, all of it is welcome here.

Therapy can help you to see things in a different light, bringing you more in touch with what you want from life, giving you the courage to be more creative in your thoughts, braver in your decisions, and more confident in who you are.

There is something incredibly healing about having your worst fears and darkest experiences heard by someone with compassion, even if the thought of saying these things out loud may seem daunting at first, we will go at your own pace until you feel comfortable.

I am an Integrative/Relational Counsellor. ‘Integrative’ meaning I combine different modalities of counselling theory in order to provide a therapy which feels like the right fit for each individual, and ‘Relational’ meaning I use myself and my experience as another human being in the world, to relate to you. Most difficulties arise from not being able to be in relationship with others and can manifest in a variety of ways, from addictive behaviours like under or over eating, substance misuse, or excessive exercise, avoiding being in relationships, or staying in relationships which don’t fulfil our needs.

I offer various different forms of therapy including: traditional room based therapy, 'Walk and Talk' therapy (we will find a mutually convenient place to walk in nature whilst we talk about whatever you wish to bring to therapy), and equine assisted therapy. I combine mindfulness techniques and a little bit of neuroscience to help you explore body sensations (somatic experiences) which are a great source of information to help you get in touch with your needs, as we often disconnect to this vital part of us, especially when we experience traumatic events. My approach allows for a creative therapy plan to match your specific needs, which can be reviewed at regular intervals to ensure you are getting the most from our sessions.

I am also able to hold sessions over Skype and Zoom.

I work with several organisations in Bristol providing supervision, and in private practice,, have managed a low-cost addiction specific counselling agency for several years in the past, and lecture on a level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

I have experience of helping people with a wide range of issues including, but not limited to:

  • PTSD
  • abuse
  • addictive behaviours
  • difficult childbirth experiences
  • depression/post-natal depression (men and women)
  • anxiety
  • life transitions
  • loneliness
  • relationship difficulties
  • trauma
  • parenting children and young adults with ASD/ADHD
  • self-esteem/self worth

If you’re worried you may be using alcohol, food, or another substance as a way to cope with life, I use a non-12 step approach to help you get things back under control whilst looking at the underlying causes.

Therapy is best delivered face to face, but if you live outside of the Bristol area I am now able to offer Skype sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training background has been with Bristol University and Severn Talking Therapy. I hold a Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling (with Distinction) and an Advanced Diploma in Relational Supervision with Karl Gregory and Sheila McCarthy (validated by National Counselling Society). I am also an EAGALA certified Therapist offering Equine Assisted Therapy in Stroud.

I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred), and a registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Reg), and adhere to both of these ethical frameworks.

I have previously managed a low-cost therapy centre in Bristol, providing continued professional development workshops for others in the helping professions, and providing supervision for several organisations in Bristol. I lecture at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College for the level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. .

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

  • All 1:1 therapy sessions are 50 minutes at a cost of £45.
  • If you are on a low income/benefits or a student I offer concessional rates at £35 a session. Please get in touch to discuss session rate.
  • I have daytime and limited evening slots available
  • Equine Assisted Therapy is booked in 1 or 1.5 hour slots at Red Horse Foundation in Stroud.
  • I am currently practicing from Elm Road Studios, 1 minute walk from the very accessible Gloucester Road in Bristol, which is served by many bus routes

Please give me a call or drop me an email, I will be happy to talk to you about your needs and arrange an initial appointment.


Daytime and some evening availability

Further information

I am currently offering concessions for anyone affected financially by the Covis19 crisis who would like to access support.
I would also like to hear from keyworkers - porters, nurses, doctors, carers, cleaners etc; for one-off, long-term, or short - term counselling support, and offer this for a concessionary rate depending on what you can afford.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Having a space to reflect on our practice is not only essential to the work, but essential to the practitioners well-being.

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Hayley Rivers Counsellor & Supervisor MBACP (reg), MNCS (Accred)

Hayley Rivers Counsellor & Supervisor MBACP (reg), MNCS (Accred)