Hayley Rivers Counsellor & Supervisor MBACP (reg), MNCS (Accred)
Elm Road Studios
Sometimes life can become overwhelming with little space to reflect on what we truly want.
I provide a warm, friendly, safe, and confidential space without judgment for us 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 which is causing anxiety or depression, I aim to help you begin the life you want and deserve to be living.
Therapy can help you to see things in a different light, bringing you more in touch with your innate uniqueness, 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 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 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 a 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 (awarded 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 their ethical framework.
I have previously been the Counselling Services Manager of a low-cost therapy centre in Bristol managing around 60 therapists at different points in their training, provide supervision and facilitate continuing professional development workshops I provide counselling supervision for several organisations in Bristol including; Women’s Aid, Oasis-Talk, and lecture at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College teaching counselling skills.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
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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.
- 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|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Getting the right support for your clinical work is vital to preventing compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatisation and burn-out.