Hayley Rivers Counsellor & Supervisor MBACP (reg), MNCS (Accred)
Elm Road Studios
Sometimes our lives can become overwhelming with little space to allow for 'outside the box' thinking. My aim is to provide a 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.
I am an Integrative Counsellor working in a Person-centred/ Relational framework. I have 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. This approach allows me to create 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.
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.
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.
I offer Equine Assisted Psycotherapy at Red Horse Foundation in Stroud, please get in touch or head over to my website for more information.
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 an Advanced Diploma in Relational Supervision and offer supervision either on a 1:1 or group basis, either individually or in an organisational setting. I am a EAGALA certified Psychotherapist offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in Stroud
I am accredited with National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred), and a registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Reg).
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 for counsellors and psychotherapists. I provide Supervision for several Organisations in Bristol, including Women’s Aid and Oasis-Talk.
Some of the issues I have supported people with include:
Addiction (using a non-12 Step approach)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Photos & videos
All 1:1 therapy sessions are 50 minutes
I have one low cost space for those on a low income. Please get in touch for more details.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is booked in 1 or 1.5 hour slots.
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.