Hayley Watkins

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Dip. Couns. (MNCS Accred)
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Bristol BS8 & BS3
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About me

**Currently accepting new clients**

I am a creative, enthusiastic, yet boundaried psychotherapeutic counsellor based in Bristol, and specialise in a form of talking therapy called transactional analysis.

I run Cactus Counselling. Why "Cactus"?, Well, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, and family issues tend to make us feel prickly on the outside but soft and vulnerable on the inside, and even if that means we're well adapted to our current situation, many people recognise that a change is needed to live in somewhere more clement than the deserts of life. I offer psychotherapeutic counselling to help people explore beyond their thorns.

I work well with teenagers aged 16+ and am currently building a therapy group for childfree people. See my web site for further details.

I offer sessions in person in a comfy room in Clifton / BS8, in one of Bedminster's beautiful parks, via Zoom or by telephone. 

So, what can you expect from a transactional analysis style of counselling? Well, TA, as it's affectionately known, lends itself both to short-term work to help you make helpful behavioural changes, and long-term work if you need to delve into your history to better understand your past or make peace with your past.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my training in 2010, starting with a series of courses in person-centered counselling. The final course introduced me to several therapeutic disciplines, including transactional analysis, which I enjoyed so much that from then on I knew which area I wanted to specialise in! After that I took a Diploma in Counselling at The Link Centre specialising in TA, and qualified in January 2022. 

I enjoy learning about new aspects of therapy and continue to expand my knowledge.

As of September 2022 I am training to earn my Certificate in Transactional Analysis to qualify as a psychotherapist.

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I run a therapy group for people who are childfree by choice. See my web site for further details.

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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

My sessions last 50 minutes. 

If you have any further questions, you may find the answers on my web site (see the Visit Website button at the top of this page). If not, by all means call me.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My schedule tends to be somewhat irregular so if you don't see a time on my schedule that works for you, feel free to reach out anyway and I'll be happy to discuss what works for us both.

Further information

Find information about my childfree group here: https://www.cactuscounselling.co.uk/childfree.php

Lucy Chinese Herb & Acupuncture, 64 Alma Road, Clifton, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS8 2DJ

Victoria Park, Hill Avenue, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4QE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

Wheelchair user access
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Barton Hill Settlement has wheelchair user access and disabled toilets.

Online platforms

Google Meet


Hayley Watkins
Hayley Watkins