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About me

If you have found yourself here you are probably thinking about finding someone to talk to about something that is troubling you. You may have feelings of anxiety or depression, experienced an event in life either recently or in the past that has caused you distress, have difficulties in your relationships with others, or you might not know why you are feeling what you are feeling, all of it is welcome here. I offer compassionate, non-judgemental, experienced counselling in the Bristol area at my practice in Horfield, just off Gloucester Road.

I believe that making the decision to begin addressing things in your life that you are struggling with is an act of courage. You may have been finding things difficult for a while, hoping that things would get better, or the thought of coming to counselling and speaking to someone you don't know about very personal things, may feel daunting.

Having someone outside of your family and friends can be really helpful to explore how you feel about something, without worrying that what you are saying may upset them.

​When we are experiencing distressing feelings and emotions with no where to safely process them, it can all become overwhelming, and we lose the ability to be able to cope with everyday life. You may even find yourself turning to other ways to cope, like drinking more than usual, excessive exercise, prescription and non-prescription drugs, or over/under-eating.

Counselling can help by having a space outside of your everyday life to really think about how you are coping with things, helping you to navigate difficult emotions and have them heard in a non-judgmental space. Not being alone in those feelings can reduce the intensity of them and help you gain a new perspective, whilst helping you find a way forward.

​​There is no doubt that our past experiences has an effect on how we think, feel, and believe about ourselves. As we get older these beliefs can stay with us and this can often be unhelpful and difficult to be conscious of. Patterns of thinking are like well worn paths in the circuitry of our brain, it can be hard to see that there are other paths we can take, especially as we are often not aware of them. This means that the way we see ourselves and the world can start to feel limited.

Each individual person is unique, so I use a different approach to therapy depending on the person, but at the heart of my work is the relationship, I get to know you first and foremost. I work mainly from an integration of Person-centred, Psychodynamic, and Existential approaches, this means I use different types of counselling theory to help you make sense of things.

I work with several organisations in Bristol providing supervision, see clients and supervise in my private practice, lecture on a level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, and hold workshops in Stroud on equine assisted therapy. 
I have managed a low-cost, long-term, addiction specific counselling agency for several years in the past.

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

Therapy is best delivered face to face, but during the pandemic, and if you live outside of the Bristol area I am now able to offer Zoom or 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, provide continual professional development workshops for others in the helping professions, and providing supervision for several organisations in Bristol. I also lecture for a local College for the CPCAB level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. 

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have specialist knowledge and/or training in: Autistic Spectrum Disorders, post-Natal depression and trauma through birthing, Early/Peri/Post Menopause, and Addiction  

Therapies offered

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

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Fees

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 have some limited concessional spaces.  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 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.

Availability

Daytime and some evening availability

Bishopston
Bristol
BS7

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

In person supervision
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)