Rachel Philbrick. PG Dip Therapeutic Counselling. BACP.

Rachel Philbrick. PG Dip Therapeutic Counselling. BACP.

Hay On Wye
HR3

Brecon
Powys
LD3

07963 936176

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Hay On Wye
HR3

Brecon
Powys
LD3

07963 936176

About me

Whether you're going through a difficult patch, or want to understand yourself better, therapy gives you the chance to talk about how you're feeling. If you're stuck or overwhelmed by relationship problems, family issues, depression, anxiety, illness or disability, or if life has become difficult for other reasons, I can offer you a safe, confidential space where you can talk. Being listened to can be a healing experience in itself. I offer you place where you can work things out and look towards the future. I will not judge you, or your situation, and will listen and support you to reflect on your issues and gain a new perspective. I want to develop a relationship of warmth, trust, and openness with my clients where healing and change can happen. I firmly believe in my clients' basic drive to live a full and happy life. However this basic drive can be knocked off course by difficult or traumatic life experiences, and sometimes we need the space to work through these experiences to get ourselves back on course. I will place your hopes and needs at the centre of our session, working with whatever you wish to bring.

The first thing we will do when you contact me is arrange a time for our first session. I normally see clients once a week, for 50 minutes. Our first session is an opportunity for you to start telling me what has brought you to counselling. I will provide you with the space to begin to untangle your thoughts and feelings. Together we can look at what is going on for you. It is also a chance for you to decide whether you think you can work with me.

I place no restrictions on the amount of sessions a client has, as I believe you will know when your work in the counselling space is done. For some people, particularly if they are facing an immediate crisis or a bereavement, a few sessions to focus on what is going on in their lives, and what might help them to cope better and move forward, is enough. Some clients want to delve deeper into their thoughts and feelings, to try and shift patterns of behaviour and unhelpful ways of relating to people and to their world. I encourage my clients to explore the past, and the way early important relationships and experiences have affected the present. This kind of work tends to need more time.
I will check in with you regularly to see if you are happy with the way our sessions are going.

When appropriate I offer clients the option to Walk and Talk, either walking in the grounds of a beautiful country estate near Brecon, or taking to the local countryside and waterways. This may suit you if the thought of sitting face to face with a counsellor stops you from going into counselling. Or you may be someone who gains comfort and perspective from nature, and feel it would enhance your therapeutic experience.

I practise from rooms in Brecon and Hay on Wye, and will also counsel over Skype after at least one initial meeting, if a client has difficulty with meeting up. Walk and Talk sessions take place in the locality of Brecon and Hay.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling from the University of South Wales, and am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I work for part of the week in private practice. I am also employed on a part-time basis by the NHS to offer counselling in GP surgeries in South and mid-Powys.

I have integrated a person-centred approach with psychodynamic theory, within a relational integrative model. I have described my approach in more detail in the General Information section above.

Mindfulness is also a part of my integration, ie relaxation and meditation techniques which aim to lessen some of the distressing symptoms of anxiety that can make coping so much harder.

I am a qualified drama therapist and am comfortable using drama techniques as well as music, art, and written word if it enables you to express your thoughts and feelings more clearly.

I have extensive professional experience of working therapeutically with people with learning disabilities, and passionately believe counselling should be accessible to the learning disabled community, where it's therapeutic value can be of huge benefit. To this end I keep one discounted space for a person with learning disabilities.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have extensive professional experience of working therapeutically with people with learning disabilities, and passionately believe counselling should be accessible to the learning disabled community, where it's therapeutic value can be of huge benefit. To this end I keep one discounted space for a person with learning disabilities.

Fees

I charge £42.00 for a 50 minute session.
I also offer therapy for counselling students at a discounted rate.

Maps & Directions

Hay On Wye, HR3
Brecon, LD3

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

I am available for daytime and evening sessions.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme