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Hi, my name is Hayley. I'm passionate about using my skills and passing on knowledge to help others, and this is why I chose to train as a counsellor. Colleagues and previous clients have described me as direct, open-minded, and creative in my approach to working with my clients.

I was born a few miles outside of London and moved to the South East coast in my teens, before moving to Bristol where I've lived since 2015. My first career was in office administration. As a younger 20-something I started volunteering on teen help forums, supporting teenagers with issues around anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and family issues, and in 2008 when I was made redundant as a result of the global recession, I decided to train to do something similar professionally.

I started training in 2010 in person-centered counselling. After I learned the basics I was introduced to Transactional Analysis. From the first time I read about it I knew I'd found the right style of counselling for me, and decided to specialise in it. I attended The Link Centre to take the Diploma in Counselling course specialising in Transactional Analysis, and qualified in January 2022.

I hold a UKATA (United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis) Diploma in Transactional Analysis offering therapeutic counselling, and am on an Accredited Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, with the relevant professional body being the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS).

Aside from being interested in supporting people in taking the childfree route, I also enjoy working with older teenagers and survivors of narcissistic abuse. Outside of therapy I love spending time in nature and reading and developing fantasy and sci-fi worlds.