Hugh Trethowan

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Bath, Somerset, BA1 3JS
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About me

"If nothing changes, nothing changes".
I have extensive experience working with those brought up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes (ACOA or ACA) and others with addictions of their own.

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I am now have availability in 2024 so please feel free to email or call me and we can set up a brief phone chat before hopefully arranging sessions either face-to-face here in Bath or online. A first session, in complete confidence and with no commitment to continue, gives us both the opportunity to talk and to see whether you feel my person-centred counselling suits you or not.

I am NCAC Accredited - meaning I have jumped through all sorts of hoops for my counselling governing body ( to become a better counsellor and therefore better able to help you. I meet with a trained supervisor regularly for the same purpose.

For those experiencing the onset of Tinnitus, I can offer a one-off counselling session offering simple techniques and a practical toolkit to help overcome the anxiety associated with the onset of the condition. See fees below. I've written two articles on tinnitus at the bottom of this profile: "Tinnitus - adapting and coping techniques" & "Tinnitus - learning to live with it".


  • Adult Children of Alcoholics issues (ACOA)
  • Giving up Smoking
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low Self-Confidence/ Low Self-Esteem

I run a private practice and have worked in both daycare (DHI, Bath) and residential (Clouds House/Action on Addiction) centres and have long experience in 12 Step methods (abstinence) and Harm Reduction models of treatment (cutting down). I will work collaboratively with you to seek solutions and in the case of an addiction, help in overcoming a problem over which you may feel you have little or no control.

Face-to-face sessions are available to those living in the Bath, UK area.
Many clients are seeing me through 50 minute Zoom sessions.

I hold National Counsellor Accreditation (NCAC), am an Accredited Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, and an Advanced Practitioner Member of Addiction Professionals.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Addiction Professionals (Formerly: SMMGP/FDAP Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals - Advanced Practioner) Accredited NCAC.
  • FDSc in Addictions Counselling (University of Bath/ Action On Addiction).
  • Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills. (Bath College)
  • Models and approaches used:
    Egan's Skilled Helper Model
    Person-centred counselling (Rogerian Approach)
    Abstinence Based Approach (12 Step)
    Harm Reduction (Relapse Prevention)
    Motivational Interviewing MI (Miller & Rollnick)

    As counsellors, we are strongly encouraged to advance our own professional and personal development on a continuing basis These are some of the CPD modules and courses that I have attended since qualifying:
  • Transactional Analysis - TA 101 (Iron Mill College, Exeter)
  • Understanding and Recognising Sex Addiction (ISAT Training)
  • SWEDA: Eating disorders training for professionals.
  • Boarding School Survivors Workshops, London.
  • Introduction to Use of EMDR in Traumatic Experience (Iron Mill College, Exeter)
  • Introduction to Pesso Boyden Psychotherapy - A New Approach to Healing the Past.
  • Security (re)gained - Attachment as a therapeutic modality.
  • The Music of Being - Becoming a self through the therapeutic qualities of music.
  • The Long Goodbye - A Psycho-social investigation of endings in life and therapy.
  • Group Analysis Today.
  • The Rescued Fragment – What underlies shame?
  • Between the Given and What Gives.
  • Co-Morbidities: What is the Future Direction?
  • The Buddhist Wheel of Life - Six Realms of Existence - Their place in the therapy room.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

12 Step programmes of recovery.
Motivation to change (Motivational Interviewing).
Tinnitus support (ringing in the ears).

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£50.00 per session

Additional information

I offer a free initial telephone brief chat (15mins).
I charge £50 per 50 minute session and £80 for couples.
I can offer some concessionary rates where appropriate. Please ask.

A one-off counselling session for onset Tinnitus offering simple techniques and a practical toolkit - £80.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please contact me directly through the Counselling Directory or by email to make a booking.

Further information

Hugh has worked for many years in the music industry as a musician/composer with a West End show to his credit and another running at London's Roundhouse. He spent 20 years in Hong Kong writing music for Chinese Theatre and TV Advertising before returning to live and work in the lovely city of Bath.

His counselling studies started at Bath College under Cynthia Barker followed by a two year Addictions Counselling course at the University of Bath under the auspices of Action on Addiction. He has experience supporting the counselling team at Clouds House and has been running his own private practice since 2013.

He also still finds time to compose, create ceramic designs, and produce audiobooks for the BBC and can be found at 30,000 feet on Thursday evenings flying around the world with the Bristol Flight Simulation Group.

Flat 4 Riverside House, 19 Osborne Road, Bath, Somerset, BA1 3JS

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

My practice room is on the first floor. Parking is free in the street outside.


Hugh Trethowan
Hugh Trethowan