Ivana Hardy

Bristol BS15 & Chepstow NP16
07961 006083 07961 006083
Bristol BS15 & Chepstow NP16

About me

Seeking a counsellor can be a daunting process. Maybe you’re struggling to maintain nourishing connections or you’re feeling overwhelmed or have experienced a recent loss. Sometimes, it’s difficult to understand what may be at the root of feeling depressed, conflicted or unfulfilled. I can work with you to find your own insights and strengths, enabling you to move towards more freedom in your life. I recognise and value the importance of feeling met within a safe and trusting relationship. Having a sense of safeness within the relationship, between us, is at the core of effective therapy.

Similarly, I understand there are times throughout our lifespan that a kind and supportive relationship, can help us understand ourselves more deeply. If we start by being easy and gentle with ourselves, caring for and being able to understand ourselves more fully, can pave the way for more fulfilment. My aim is to facilitate a path that leads you to new discoveries, within an unbiased and confidential setting.

Although I can help with many challenges, I’ve specific experience and training working with trauma and sexual abuse, and I work at a pace, led by you. I understand the impact of these experiences and I work supportively and sensitively, to gently explore together. It maybe that you’re feeling anxious or low, and old patterns or habits that no longer seem to work for you, need some reflection. Working collaboratively, I cultivate a mindful and inquisitive approach along the way.

Originally from Ireland, I’ve lived here in the UK for 20+yrs now, having previously lived in North America and in the Middle East. It’s from my own life experience, living in different countries, that I’m able to connect with a wide range of diverse and interesting people.

In addition to my private practice, I work for Kinergy in Bristol and Newport Mind and I’m a registered member of Sporting Chance, a therapy network offering specialist support for ex-professional sportsmen and women.

I offer short and long term counselling sessions, working from therapy rooms in Kingswood, within a private setting.

Please feel free to send a brief email or text, or call to make initial contact.

Training, qualifications & experience

With training rooted in humanistic, psychodynamic and gestalt models, I offer an empathic and warm welcome alongside these resources.

  • Dip. Couns, MBACP
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • MBACP member

Additional training and workshops:

  • IFS Internal Family Systems UK; trauma and loss
  • Group Facilitation and co-facilitation training workshop
  • I have specialist training and knowledge in working with adult survivors of rape and sexual assault.
  • Working with Shame (PODS)
  • Working with Couples

I’m a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I attend regular supervision sessions and continued professional training. I carry full insurance and hold a current DBS certificate.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have an interest in working with people experiencing difficult life transitions from grief to existential and transpersonal issues.


I offer a one-off, free initial meeting (30 minutes), and my fees are £45 per hour. These can be discussed when we meet.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I have availability on Thurs & Fridays.

Types of client

Older adults
Ivana Hardy

Ivana Hardy