Rhea Hughes MBACP Reg. Counsellor
You may be going through a difficult time, need somewhere to talk openly about your feelings or concerns, want to work on longstanding issues, or you may want to develop your self awareness and potential.
I believe in the power of being really heard and understood, giving you the space to find the way forward that is right for you, at your pace. I aim to offer a confidential and non-judgemental space where you can develop self understanding and self acceptance. I can assist you to find new ways of coping and to make positive changes if you are unhappy with how you are dealing with things currently.
I am Accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics. I have a Level 6 BACP accredited Diploma in Counselling from the University of the West of England and am insured to practice.
As well as having much experience working with anxiety, depression and low self esteem & confidence other experience and areas of interest include:
- Loss of direction or life transitions
- Relationship difficulties
- Health Issues
- Loss and grief
- Work related issues
- Working with students at University or College (see below for more info)
- Working with young adults aged 18-30 (see below for more info)
This is not an exhaustive list so please do contact me if what is bringing you is not listed here.
I work for BUPA as an Affiliate Employee Assistance Programme Counsellor and take referrals for the NHS Foundation Trust Staff Support Service. I also work as a Satalite Counsellor for the NHS Foundation Trust Staff Support Service supporting NHS Staff.
I offer weekly appointments which are usually on the same day and time each week and are 50 minutes long.
I understand it is important to find the right person to work with and appreciate you may wish to speak or meet with me before deciding if I am the right person for you to see. Our initial appointment is helpful for this and there is no obligation to continue beyond this. It is an to opportunity to see if we are well suited to work together and look at how counselling can support you.
Please get in touch for an initial phone call, to ask any questions that you might have. You can also contact me by email.
As an integrative counsellor I draw on a variety of counselling theories to inform our work. I believe that given the right environment we have the ability to find our own ways of moving forwards and I facilitate this through a genuine, empathic and non judgmental space. If useful we can explore how past, as well as present experiences, are impacting on your situation and I can offer creative ways of working if desired.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 6 Diploma in Professional Studies: Counselling - The University of the West of England (BACP accredited training).
- Certificate in Transactional Analysis - TA101 qualification.
- 1 years training in Person-centred counselling - The University of Warwick.
- Counselling skills certificate - Wiltshire College.
Private Practice I am currently working online and by phone due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. I will be returning to face to face working at some stage likely in Bradford-on-Avon or Trowbridge. I work both short and long term with a variety of issues.
BUPA Employee Assistance Counsellor - Working with employees struggling with issues at work or in their personal lives that may be impacting on their work.
If your employer has this programme with BUPA and you are eligible you are able to request to see me as your counsellor if you wish: www.bupa.co.uk/business/business-employee-assistance
NHS Foundation Trust Satalite Counsellor - Working short term with NHS Staff
Students and Young Adults I have experience working with students who are at University and College, as well as young adults who are experiencing:
- Feeling isolated and lonely, depressed or anxious
- Feeling lost or unsure about your future
- Working out who you are and who you want to be
- Difficulty with relationships
- Social pressures
- Difficulty adapting to living away from home or being in a shared house
- Body image concerns or exploring your sexual identity
- Stress from exams or deadlines, which could be amplifying existing issues
- Fear of not being good enough with expectations building up around you
- Feeling confused and overwhelmed
- Amongst other issues...
I previously worked as a student counsellor at Bath College with young adults. Please see my webpage about working with students: www.rheahughescounselling.co.uk/students
Before working in Private Practice I worked at:
Help Counselling Services in Trowbridge offering short - mid term counselling for a variety of issues
The Swan Project in Bristol offering low cost long term counselling for mental health issues and alcohol use amongst other issues
Having a background in social care I also have insight into the impact of disability and health conditions. I have worked with DeafBlind Adults with mental health and learning difficulties alongside addition needs. I have also worked as a carer supporting people with life long health conditions.
I also participate in Continued Professional Development (CPD):
- How to do counselling online - a Coronavirus Primer
- Working with Sexual Trauma
- A new approach to working with Bodies Today (nScience UK)
- Understanding Sexual Violence (BAVA)
- Understanding Domestic Violence (BAVA)
- Child Sexual Abuse Training (PODS)
- Models and theories for working with alcohol dependency (SWAN project)
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- Short term counselling
- Working with Diverse Cultures (SWAN project)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me for current fees.
I am currently working online and by phone due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. I will be returning to face to face working at some stage likely in Bradford-on-Avon or Trowbridge.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and abide by their code of ethics. I am insured and participate in ongoing professional development.
If you have any requirements to make my service accessible to you please contact me and I will do my best to meet your needs or refer you to someone who can.
Feel free to contact me to arrange an initial appointment or to ask any questions that you may have.
When working face to face, my Bradford-on-Avon practice is based in the centre of the town and there is usually parking available outside the venue. It is a five minute walk from Bradford-on-avon train station as well as bus stops with connections to Trowbridge and Bath. Please enquire for precise location.