Sophie Bayley

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Reg MBACP (Accred.) Dip Counselling, BA Hons
Limited availability
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

Bristol, Avon, BS1 6SW
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Whether you're having difficulties at work, have anxiety or depression, are feeling sad, had a major life event, have experienced a loss, have changes going on or just need to make sense of the current situation, I can offer a safe space to do this.

Counselling offers somewhere to be yourself outside of your regular life, to connect to what is going on for you emotionally.

I provide a warm, confidential and welcoming space for you to look at the issues you need to bring and support you to work out your thoughts and your feelings. My role is to build a relationship where you can fully be accepted, feel safe, explore your feelings and be heard. See what others think of me

As a qualified integrative, accredited counsellor I offer long and short term counselling and use many methods and processes to work with you to look at what you want to look at - the work is led by your needs but with my support.

Although I can work with anything you bring, I specialise in trauma counselling. This will support you to find a way to minimise trauma symptoms such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, panic attacks and help build resilience and resources for you to help you feel more safe in the world.

I offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation to see if I'm right for you and to see how we can work together.

I offer Zoom, phone and face to face counselling.  

Even if my skills don't match your needs, or I don't have the time slot you're looking for, I should be able to signpost you to other professional counsellors or agencies who meet your needs as I know how hard it can be to find the right person. Do get in touch, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Accredited and Registered Member of BACP
  • Diploma In Professional Studies - Counselling at University of West of England
  • Diploma in Relational Supervision 
  • Trauma Somatic Experience training with Babette Rothschild
  • Leadership Training with Celebration of Being
  • Child Protection Training
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTTLS)
  • BA Hons from University of Portsmouth.
  • Experience of working short and long term with clients with a wide range of issues and from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Experience of working with cancer
  • 10 years' experience of working with addiction and trauma (sexual, emotional, physical abuse and neglect).
  • Counsellor at Southmead Project for 7 years
  • 20 years' experience working as a volunteer, trustee, worker and trainer in the voluntary sector
  • Diversity training
  • Pre-Trial therapy training
  • Experience and training around self-harm
  • Mental Health and the Body
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Meditation practitioner 
  • Enhanced DBS 

I am deeply committed to my personal development and have been in therapy myself on and off for around 20 years.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Anger work
  • Nightmares/Flashbacks
  • Involuntary Childlessness
  • Panic Attacks
  • Inner child work
  • Constellation work
  • Parts work


£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I charge £60 per session (50 mins). Unfortunately, I am unable to offer discounts.

For supervisees I charge £70 per hour.  

When I work

Please contact me. I currently have some availability on my waiting list.

Further information

Unfortunately I am unable to offer conecssions for my private therapy.

I am able to offer a concession to supervisees of £40 per hour as I am in training.  (This will rise to £60 per hour July 2022)

The Harbourside Practice, 3 Redcliffe Parade East, Bristol, Avon, BS1 6SW

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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There are steep stairs in the Harbourside Pratice. Both entering the building and going up to the room.

Additional languages


Spanish (to be discussed)

Online platforms




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