Ian Hughes

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Bristol BS9 & BS6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

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·       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, Sex, Sexual Issues, Intimacy, Nero-diversity, addiction, and issues around abuse. I am ENM and kink-friendly, having experience working with those in non-traditional relationships and Geek/nerd, Goth, Punk, Emo, Kink and ENM communities.

·       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 you must be treated with care and respect and move at a pace with which you are comfortable. However, we both must be engaged with what you bring for you sometimes to be challenged and willing to focus on the work.

·       I feel it is vital that we work together to establish a supportive and empathic relationship through building trust, and both of us create a space where you can explore and grow.

·       I work 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 be back to In-person work soon.

·       I practice the BACP ethical framework.

·       If you feel that it is time to begin or continue with counselling and think I would be a good fit for you, then you can call or email me, 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 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 and further training in Addiction, co-dependency, motivational speaking, shame, and grief & loss. I have further training with the Grove practice, working therapeutically with psychosexual issues.

I have experience working with and through Addiction, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, depression, phobias, sex issues, kink issues and various other issues. 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, and compulsive behaviours and processes.

I have experience addressing domestic violence, bullying, and relational issues and working with clients who have experienced 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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£40.00 - £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

When I work

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Further information

Hannah Duncan
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
"Ian has an extremely creative way of working, integrating story, image and metaphor frequently into his work. He is trauma-informed, very experienced and a very safe pair of hands. I have had the pleasure to supervise Ian through his career as a therapist."

Lianne Gilmour
Counsellor, BACP
"A kind and open minded counsellor, who understands difference. Ian is a treasured colleague."

Bristol, City of Bristol, BS9

Bristol, City of Bristol, BS6

Type of session


Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Google Meet