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About me

A warm welcome to you, I am currently at capacity and not now taking on clients at this time.

·       I’m a qualified therapist involving Humanistic and integrative counselling. I have professional and personal experience working in and through Anxiety, Stress, Low Self-Esteem, Depression, drug and alcohol addiction, issues around bullying, as well as PTSD and trauma. I also have experience working with those in Nerd/Geek and Alternative Culture.

·       I believe that therapy can be the excavation of ourselves, that it can be as rewarding as it can be painful. Because of this, I feel it is essential you are treated with care, respect and move at a pace with which you are comfortable. However, I also feel we both must be involved with what you bring, for you at times to be challenged and be willing to focus on the work.

·       I feel it is vital that we work together in establishing a supportive and empathic relationship, through building trust and both of us creating a space in which you can explore and grow.

·       I work both fixed, short, or long term and open-ended and have slots available in and out of standard working hours.

·       I can work online and will soon be back to face to face.

·       I practice by the BACP ethical framework.

·       If you feel that it is time to begin or continue with counselling and think that I would be a good fit for you, then you can give me a call or send me an email, and we can arrange an initial session.

·       When we meet for the first time, it will be an opportunity to get to know each other, and we can discuss what it is you would like to bring to therapy and what you would like to achieve. Then if you decide to continue, we can agree on a regular weekly slot.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a level 5 professional diploma in humanistic and integrative counselling from the City of Bristol College as well as further training in Addiction, co-dependency, motivational speaking, shame, and grief & loss.

I have experience working in and through anxiety, chronic or generalised anxiety disorder, stress, low self-esteem, depression, phobias and addiction. I also have experience working with vulnerable people, people who have suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse, eating disorders, addictions to alcohol, drugs and prescription medications, compulsive behaviours and processes.

I have experience addressing various issues such as domestic violence, bullying, relational issues, and working with clients who have experienced emotional trauma.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Additional information

My fee is £50 per session

When I work

I have time slots from:

• Mondays 9 am till 9 pm

• Thursdays 12 pm till 9 pm

• Fridays from 1 pm till 7 pm

• Online times are flexible subject to availability.

Further information

"Ian Hughes is a counsellor with great caring and empathy. I worked with him during a vulnerable stage in my life and he offered me a safe, friendly and insightful place. He approached me without judgement, allowing me to examine my thinking and behaviour at my own pace. I highly recommend him as a counsellor."

Natalie Farr, 2015

1 Fairlawn Road, Bristol, Somerset, BS6 5JR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
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