Rachel Philbrick. PG Dip Therapeutic Counselling. BACP.
18 Castle Street
Hay On Wye
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 experiencing relationship problems, family issues, depression, anxiety or if life has become difficult for other reasons, I can offer you a safe, confidential space where you can talk about whatever problems or difficulties have brought you to counselling. A warm, safe space where we can work things out and make changes for the better. I will not judge you, or your situation, and will 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 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.
I also offer my clients the opportunity to use mindfulness - relaxation and meditation techniques which help to lessen some of the distressing symptoms of anxiety that can make coping so much harder.
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 life experience, to explore why they have found themselves in a difficult and painful place. We will then 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 countryside and waterways of our beautiful country. 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 an 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 have integrated a person-centred approach with psychodynamic theory, within a relational integrative model.
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 also a qualified drama therapist and incorporate a creative approach to counselling when appropriate.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have 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.
I charge £40.00 for a 50 minute session.
I also offer therapy for counselling students at a discounted rate.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available for daytime and evening sessions.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|