Rachel Wesley, BSc (Hons), PG (Dip) in Counselling, Registered Member MBACP

Rachel Wesley, BSc (Hons), PG (Dip) in Counselling, Registered Member MBACP


Chorley, Preston

07759 516241 / 07759 516241

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Chorley, Preston

07759 516241 / 07759 516241

About me

Rachel is a qualified mental health therapist/trainer and also a Reiki Master Teacher (bio-energy healing/relaxation/meditation tools) who runs a private practice in Bolton, Chorley and Preston and also works part time within the NHS. She works in a client-centred and holistic way with individuals and couples, irrespective of religious belief, sexual orientation or race. 

Rachel works using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Therapy) in addition to CBT, person-centred models and offers integrative therapy.  She works with single incident trauma such as RTAs and work related accidents, and more complex PTSD such as that experienced in abuse. She has a vast experience of working with relationship issues (both with couples and individuals), separation/divorce, low mood/anxiety, stress, eating/alcohol/drug difficulties, low self-esteem and body image issues, bereavement and loss, family and parenting difficulties, work related issues eg bullying, redundancy, career changes, facing retirement; long term ill health and chronic pain. Rachel also has particular experience in working with post natal depression and helping parents/carers who have children with Aspergers.  Rachel has a special interest in anger and also runs an anger group to help people explore how they can more healthily deal with conflict situations

As well as face to face sessions at clinics in Bolton, Chorley and Preston, Rachel also offers telephone and Skype counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

Rachel is a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, EMDR Association of UK and Ireland, has a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and is nearing the end of a Masters in Counselling, in addition to specific qualifications in CBT and EMDR. She also has a BA (Hons) in Human Resources which was her first career before moving into therapy. Rachel works in an integrative framework incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) and mindfulness approaches into a person-centred model.

From her HR background she also offers coaching particularly around redundancy and career change issues.  She runs workshops for therapists and staff within the care professions covering ASD/ADHD, managing anger and conflict, psychopharmacology, PTSD/Trauma, good clinical care practice and mentoring within the care sector.

She also works as an independent therapist for a local secondary school with adolescents (12 year olds and upwards) who have behavioural issues and regularly runs workshops for their teachers and teaching assistants.  Recently the workshops have included subjects such as anger, stress management, mental health in adolescence, attachment disorders and self-harm.  She also provides clinical supervision and coaching for people involved in education, social work and mental health eg foster carers and social workers.

Past clients' comments: "I couldn't even sit in the passenger seat of the car for months without shaking after the accident.  My insurer referred me to Rachel and after just a few sessions the panic feelings started to reduce.  I'm not yet driving as confidently as I was but I can drive and sit in a car again which I never thought would happen."

"I didn't know what to expect from counselling - it was all a bit of a mystery. Over time I started to feel I could trust Rachel and she has helped me understand that by avoiding things my world has got smaller and my anxiety has got bigger.  Although it's been hard and painful at times, my world is slowly getting a bit bigger again and I am starting to live."

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Aspergers - help for parents and carers


Individuals - £40 for counselling therapy, £45 for EMDR per session
Couples - 60 minute session on a sliding scale (income dependent) from £50 to £40 per session
Teens (age 12 years and upwards) - 30-45 minute session - £35
Telephone/Skype - sessions up to 60 minutes £35 per session

Corporate/EAP/employer sponsored for individuals; EMDR - £65 to £50 per session depending on therapeutic model required; reports for insurers/solicitors/other referrers are negotiated on a time basis

Weekly 6 session Anger group is £90 (for 6 sessions)

Discounts are offered for staff in the emergency services/NHS, veterans, students and people on low incomes.

Further information

If you wish to discuss your issues informally, please give Rachel a call before arranging an initial session. Daytime and evening appointments available in Bolton, Chorley and Preston areas.  Telephone and Skype sessions offered nationwide.

You can access my services privately without a GP referral, however dependent upon the nature of the issue, a link into your GP may be beneficial so that we can work together offering a package of care. I also perform therapy for a number of EAPs and private health insurers.

Solicitor and medico-legal referrals related to ongoing claims are also welcome and they are normally managed by the solicitor or insurer looking after your case.

Maps & Directions

Bolton, BL1
Chorley, Preston, PR7

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Day time and evening sessions available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Coaching and clinical supervision offered to individuals working in the education and care sectors ie therapists, mental health workers, teachers, social workers, nurses.

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