Hayley Rivers Counsellor & Supervisor MBACP (reg), MNCS (Accred)
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. You might not know why you are feeling what you’re feeling, or there might be a specific event that has happened in the past or recently.
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 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 with experience of using a variety of Counselling approaches which are firmly rooted in creating the right kind of relationship with you to allow for change to take place naturally.
I offer various different forms of therapy including: traditional room based therapy, Walk and Talk therapy, and equine assisted therapy. I combine mindfulness techniques and a little bit of neuroscience to help you explore body sensations 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 have experience of helping people with a wide range of issues including, but not limited to:
- addictive behaviours
- difficult childbirth experiences
- depression/post-natal depression (men and women)
- life transitions
- relationship difficulties
- 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 experience of managing 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 including; Women’s Aid & Oasis-Talk. I lecture at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College for the level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. .
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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- 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and some evening availability
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Having a space to reflect on our practice is not only essential to the work, but essential to the practitioners well-being. .