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Sophie Rhys-Williams

Bristol, Somerset, BS7
07907037798 07907037798
Bristol, Somerset, BS7

About me

The most important element of counselling is the connection you have with your counsellor. I know how important it is for you to feel heard, validated, and aligned with the person you are choosing to trust. I started training as a therapist six years ago, in my early twenties, as I wanted to help people in a more in depth way. I have since then enjoyed helping a wide range of people from all walks of life get to a better psychological and emotional pIace, with most of my experience focussing on working with children & young adults (9-30).

I appreciate how difficult it can be reaching out for help and finding the right person to speak to. It can be a courageous step towards making change and talking can really help - especially when it is with someone outside of your everyday life who can truly listen, ask questions, notice and point things out in a way that can help you reflect in a new way on what is going on in your life.

About counselling and psychotherapy

Counselling is a form of talking therapy where you can talk to a trusted individual about anything you want in a safe, confidential environment without any judgement. There may be something specific you would like to talk about, or you may be unable to identify how or why you're feeling the way that you're feeling. Talking to a counsellor can be helpful in gaining clarity about your thoughts and feelings, enabling you to become more aware of yourself.

Life brings us many individual challenges and can undeniably lead to great suffering. It can be difficult to speak to those close to us for many different reasons such as receiving unsolicited advice or not really feeling understood or properly listened to. Counselling is a different experience; it's a collaborative process where you are met with empathy and total acceptance. It is a space just for you, where you can process your experience and feelings at your own pace with a trained individual.

The way that I work

My style of therapy is Integrative & Humanistic. As we are each our own unique person, therapy is not a one-size-fits-all relationship and drawing on a range of techniques helps me tailor the best approach to help you move forward. This means I work Integratively, working in a number of different ways, seeking to respond to each person's individual needs and their own unique experience. The humanistic element means that I believe we all essentially gravitate towards goodness and that we are ultimately the experts on our own lives. Whilst of course, difficult life experiences can temporarily hinder us, I believe we all have innate capacities for growth and change.

There is also a strong emphasis in providing a strong and nurturing therapeutic relationship; this professional relationship is the one of the most important factors for therapeutic change, and a lot of research points towards this.

What to expect in the first session

Starting therapy can be a daunting process and I understand that 'clicking' with your counsellor is very important. The aim of the initial session is to provide the opportunity for us both to meet, for you to see how I work and to get a sense of what therapy is like. It’s also a space for you to ask any questions you may have about therapy.

For myself, the session provides a place where I can gather just a little more information about yourself, what brings you to therapy, and what assistance you are looking for.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or for a free telephone consultation, I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Bsc (Hons) Counselling
  • Foundation Degree - Counselling
  • Certificate - CBT
  • Certificate - TA101 (Transactional Analysis)
  • MBACP - Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have particular interest and knowledge of health anxiety.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy


Sessions cost £40 per 50 minute session.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Further information

I am fully insured and have an enhanced DBS certificate. I attend regular clinical supervision and participate in continual professional development.

Online counselling

Many counsellors have transitioned to online counselling due to recent events in the world. Speaking to someone over a videocall (Zoom) rather than face-to-face may seem impersonal and strange at first for some people, but I have had great success in online counselling both personally and professionally with clients.

Research has shown online counselling to be as effective as face-to-face counselling and sometimes even more so. For some of us, it can be easier to open up to another online rather than in person. Individuals with anxiety, especially social anxiety may also prefer online therapy. It is also securely encrypted on Zoom Video and convenient, as you can access from home.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
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 Unspecified


I currently have availability on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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Sophie Rhys-Williams

Sophie Rhys-Williams