Rachel Shattock Dawson BA (Hons), MA, Registered MBACP.
Therapy On Thames
Therapy On Thames
Do you need to talk? If you feel distressed, anxious, depressed or stuck, counselling can help. Sometimes we need to talk to someone who will listen attentively and knows how to help us on the road to feeling better. I aim to be that person for you.
You may have seen my name in Good Housekeeping, Red or Stylist magazines who have all featured me recently. I offer short-term counselling and longer-term psychotherapy, with a warm and supportive approach to enable you to talk over your concerns in depth. I aim to help you explore your emotions, resolve your difficulties and move on from any problems that might be holding you back.
There are many different types of talking therapy available these days. I am an integrative relational therapist, meaning that I bring together certain aspects of different approaches that I believe work better together. I draw on a number of therapies, including person-centred, psychodynamic and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy).
The most common problems I come across are depression, anxiety, addiction, bereavement, anger management, trauma, career problems, and couples, family & relationship issues. Often people say they just feel 'stuck'. Whatever your reasons for reading this far, I’d say don’t sit with your problem and suffer for too long. The comment I hear most often from clients is that they wish they’d started therapy sooner.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (includes Post-Graduate Diploma level)
BA (Hons) Psychology
RSA Assessor Award (NVQ level 4 – degree level)
Registered MBACP (full Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy)
Certificate in Clinical Supervision (British Psychological Society approved course)
REWIND: I have been trained and certified by the founder of Rewind, Dr David Muss, for safe and effective results for PTSD - post-traumatic stress.
I studied Psychology at the University of Hull and then did three years’ postgraduate research at Loughborough University, before joining a consultancy group there, working in occupational psychology.
I left to join Cosmopolitan magazine to set up a courses and careers division for readers, developing and running more than 100 personal development courses. We covered everything from management development, assertiveness training and negotiation skills, to life planning, sexuality workshops and public speaking. I then continued to work in magazine editing and publishing for several years.
I completed my postgraduate training in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy at Roehampton University to Masters level and I have worked in the NHS, at Kingston Hospital, in private practice and in the voluntary sector (in addiction counselling).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- PTSD - Post-traumatic Stress Disorder - the Rewind technique
I use the Rewind technique for safe, fast and effective results for PTSD. I have been trained and certified by the founder of Rewind, Dr David Muss. See the testimonials about the technique here:
- Life changes / life stage issues
- Personal development / personal growth
- Redundancy and career change
£60 for a 50-minute session (in Thames Ditton Surrey, or via Skype or Facetime).
Professional registration and directory
You can find me in the BACP professional directory here:
and on the Register here:
I often write or am quoted as an 'expert' in carefully-chosen press. I do this to spread the word about the benefits of therapy and to tackle any remaining taboos head-on, as well as to widen my client base. However, you can rest assured that I NEVER, ever, write or talk about my clients. See my recent press cuttings here:
Blog - I blog about therapy here:
Facebook - you can find my therapy page here:
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Main location: Thames Ditton, Surrey KT7
My main base is in Thames Ditton village in Surrey. There are direct trains every half hour to and from Waterloo (35 minutes), Clapham Junction and Wimbledon (15 minutes), and other stations on the Hampton Court Line. Free roadside parking is available. The 514 and 515 buses, which run between Kingston, Surbiton, Esher and Cobham stop outside.
Distant and international clients
I also offer appointments in central London by special arrangement and work with distant and international clients on Skype and FaceTime.
Maps & Directions
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Supervision & training
I offer one-to-one supervision in Thames Ditton, Surrey on Monday and Thursday mornings.View supervision profile