Raychel Hills

Sometimes the storm rages around us so much, we need a calm and holding space to really get in touch with ourselves and what we are actually feeling and experiencing.

I liken psychotherapy as a ship or lighthouse in that storm providing a safe space to explore whatever may be troubling you.

There are many reasons why someone feels they need or want to come to therapy.  Challenging personal or professional circumstances, a realisation that habits and lifestyle are not helpful or healthy, an unhappy or difficult past. Sometimes it can be that little nagging voice inside seeking change or support.

My aim is to offer a safe space for you to explore past and present life events and create your own narrative of what they mean to you and help emotional wellbeing.

My psychotherapy training is based on a Humanistic and Integrative approach which means I can draw upon different theoretical strands in my work as well as the relationship between us. I am interested in using metaphor and imagery in the work to further develop themes or feelings that are brought to the space. I also use bodywork: noticing where in the body things can be felt, using a body-mind connection to again, help develop and understand what is going on for you.

About Me

I came to train as a Psychotherapist after many varied and interesting lives. I have been an actor, a stage manager I ran my own theatre company in 1990’s.  I have also worked in theatre, retail, and care eventually settling in Bristol in 2000 I became an Administrator and PA.

I began my training as a psychotherapist after being made redundant from The Centre for Deaf Studies in 2013, deciding that I never wanted to sit behind a desk again and after some ‘careers counselling’ felt the call to the ‘Helping Professions’. Knowing that my own therapy had been invaluable in helping me find my voice I heeded the call and started to train as a psychotherapist at Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling and graduated in 2023.

I am a UKCP registered and accredited Psychotherapist, I am fully qualified with a Diploma and Masters in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. I am in regular supervision to support my work and I have had my own private practice since 2015. I also hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.

In the past I have been a volunteer therapist at The Swan Project in Bristol working with clients with addiction, and The Rosa Burden Centre for Neuropsychiatry at Southmead Hospital, working with patients in need of support with their mental health associated with neurological diseases.

I have a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) and I am interested in working with adults with Heart and Congenital Heart Defects that maybe required surgery or hospitalisations in childhood or early adolescence. Who may be struggling with these events in adulthood and feel in need of therapeutic support.

Previously I worked within the Deaf Community at the Centre for Deaf Studies at Bristol University before its closure in 2013.  Please note – though I have knowledge of BSL and Deaf Culture I cannot offer sessions in BSL.

As a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist I must adhere to the UKCP code of ethics. I also continue my learning with regular Continued Professional Development.

Sessions are weekly and last for 50 minutes. My fee is £50 per session.


 Training & Qualifications

  • MA/Diploma in Humanistic and integrative Psychotherapy 2023.
  • Foundation Counselling Certificate – Bath Centre for Psychotherapy & Counselling 2014.
  • NVQ British Sign Language Level 2 2004.
  • MA, Dip HIP


Tel: 07766 918 927