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Cactus Counselling

Therapy for when you're feeling prickly.


Hayley Watkins

I am a creative, enthusiastic, yet boundaried counsellor based in Bristol, specialising in Transactional Analysis. I'm currently accepting new clients, so please email me, send me a message via my contact page, or call me using the number below if you are interested in discussing an initial session with me.

Transactional Analysis (often abbreviated to TA) is a form of counselling and psychotherapy, a theory of personality, and a system for promoting an individual's growth and change. It was originally devised by Eric Berne as a form of therapy that reduced or removed the power imbalance between the client and therapist by working from the assumption that everybody is intrinsically loveable, valuable, capable of change, and by removing or simplifying jargon wherever possible.

I work with a wide range of issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, ADHD, low self-esteem, and family issues including estrangement. I also run a therapy group for people who are childfree by choice, which has been featured in The Times and on BBC2's Jeremy Vine.

Wondering about the reasoning behind my cactus theme? I explain that here!

~Hayley Watkins Dip. Couns. (MNCS Accred)