Rich Hayden - Counsellor & Creative Arts Therapist, MBACP

Rich Hayden - Counsellor & Creative Arts Therapist, MBACP

The Practice Rooms
32 Cambray Place
GL50 1JP

07565 679081

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The Practice Rooms
32 Cambray Place
GL50 1JP

07565 679081

About me

Hi and welcome! My name is Rich Hayden, I am a fully qualified, BACP registered counsellor and creative arts therapist; I work with both talking and creative therapies. Words can sometimes be hard to find and creative work offers an alternative form of expression. My approach to therapy itself is creative; I prefer to work ‘in the moment’ and with what the client brings to the session. I am easy to talk to and people describe me as open minded, non-judgemental, compassionate and curious.

What I Offer

I offer one-hour sessions to adults from a safe, welcoming, comfortable and relaxed space. I have experience of supporting clients through a wide range of issues and welcome people from all backgrounds and walks of life. It can be difficult trying to choose the right counsellor without being face to face. That’s why I offer a reduced rate first session to give us the chance to meet before deciding to work together. I am happy to work with both long term clients and also with clients who prefer a more focussed, specific and time-limited approach.

How Counselling Can Help

In modern terms, the words counselling and (talking) therapy are often used to mean the same thing. However, it is a process that anyone can seek when they are experiencing difficulty in life, with emotions or in relationships. Counselling is also suitable for anyone who wants to understand themselves better or explore how they are affected by past events.

I feel that most of us in modern society regularly don’t have enough space for ourselves with family commitments and hectic work schedules. Life can seem even more chaotic and cluttered if we are weighed down with the burden of our issues. Making an hour a week for counselling can be a step towards learning to make more space for you and navigate life more effectively.

I welcome enquiries, which are treated confidentially and with no obligation. Please see my website for more information.

What To Expect From Your First Session

The first time we meet will be an introductory session; an opportunity for you to ask me any questions you have, discuss how you would like to work and see if you feel comfortable with me and my counselling space. I will go through my contract with you and briefly discuss what it is that you wish to gain from counselling. We won't be diving in deep straight away, this is more like a 'get to know each other' session which generally takes around 45 minutes.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate in Counselling – Iron Mill College, Exeter
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Iron Mill College, Exeter
  • Post Qualifying Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies - Iron Mill College, Exeter
  • Volunteer Student Counsellor (2 years) – Listening Post, Gloucester
  • Youth & Family Services Mentor (3 years)- The Door Youth Project, Stroud

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£25 initial consultation (45 minutes)

£45 per 1-hour session, payable by cash or bank transfer on the day.

Maps & Directions

Cheltenham, GL50 1JP

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wednesday: 2.30pm-8pm Thursday: 10am-6pm Friday: 10am-4pm Other times may be available by arrangement

Types of client

Older adults
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