Rachel McGovern

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MA, BSc (Hons), MBACP (Accred), UKRCP, STR-C, STR
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Darlington, Co Durham, DL3
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About me

Thank you for looking at my profile.  As a fully qualified, registered, and experienced BACP Accredited counsellor, my aim is to make clients welcome and at ease in a comfortable room in Central Darlington, where I offer a genuine, non-judgemental experience. I recall going to counselling myself, remembering what a scary yet brave step that was. It was inspiring and beneficial enough to make me become a counsellor myself so that says something! It wasn't always easy; some days I would wonder what to talk about, others I would never shut up. That's just how it goes, and that is fine. There is no "right way" to be in counselling, just "be". As a working mum, I can relate to the ups and downs of family life, and have dealt with a number of significant traumas and bereavements through my lifetime. This doesn't mean I know exactly how things are for YOU, but does mean I know the benefit of a non-judgemental ear.

I offer appropriate Counselling/Psychotherapy depending on my client's needs, working at relational depth. This might be just one or two sessions, or sometimes we enter into a longer term therapeutic relationship...everyone is unique and we work in whatever way is most advantageous for the client.

No problem is too big or too small, and you can be assured that we would work to give you the best experience.  And if we are not-you can tell me! I firmly believe my clients hold the answers within themselves. I can walk alongside and share in the laughter and the tears-both are fine.  Yes, therapy can be hilarious as well as hard work.

With over 22 years experience I offer an ethically bound service. Being Accredited means I have met the exacting requirements for BACP which is our major UK professional body. I have monthly supervision to ensure I am always working at my best for the clients in my care, and am committed to always inform and improve my practice, and hold Professional Insurance.

I am also a Consultant in Sandplay Therapy (STR-C) and a Registered Sandplay Therapist (STR), indicating that after many years of study and experiential work I have met the exacting standards of the Association Sandplay Therapists. I offer Sandplay and my extensive collection of miniatures for clients to create their own "Stories in the Sand". This might be a "one off", or as part of therapy-the choice is always yours.  You might be surprised at its' simplicity and potency. I work in whatever way is appropriate for my clients, and am open to the use of other creative methods, paint, crayons, clay, toys, stones etc.

Mindfulness is very popular these days, and I have studied for a Professional Training in the Therapeutic use of Mindfulness with British Mindfulness Institute, as well as studying The Mindful Therapy Programme with Graeme Armstrong.

Within a busy private practice I work with self-referral, for a number of EAP's and offer counselling/supervision  to students on courses throughout the country. I have previously worked as a Counsellor at Durham University.  Part of my current work is also in the Diocese of Durham, working with clergy and their families, and also with the Salvation Army,  the Churches Ministerial Counselling service, and with the Methodist Church.  I welcome working with those of all Faiths and none.

I have previosuly been a Trustee of Bridge Pastoral Foundation (Clinical Theology Association), where I was an Authorised Tutor, delivering their Modular Pastoral Care and Counselling course.  At conferences, I co-faciliated small psychotherapeutic groups.

Much of  work is underpinned by a training in Psychoanalytic Group Work with Institute of Group Analysis.

I am happy to answer e-mails and supply a CV if you require any more information.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA Counselling (Leeds University)- Distinction and Postgraduate Prize.
Training with PODS; (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors); "Trauma, Dissociation and the Body", "Working with Relational Trauma".
I regularly attend Conferences and training conferences run by Bridge Pastoral Foundation.
Professional Training in Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness
Mindful Therapy Programme with Graeme Armstrong at Jesmond Therapy Centre.
Foundation training- Institute of Group Analysis
Qualified Supervisor
Intermediate and Foundation Certificates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Teesside University)
Accredited Cruse Bereavement Counsellor-Adults and children
Training Modules with Bridge Pastoral Foundation
Diploma Counselling
Further Education Teaching NCFE 7407.
BSc (Hons) Botany Manchester University

Registered Sandplay Therapy Consultant STR-C with Association Sandplay Therapists, offering consultation to experienced and trainee Sandplay Therapists.

Registered Sandplay Therapist-Association of Sandplay Therapists offering Sandplay Therapy to those requiring process, as well as many who love to use Sandplay in their work.

I have many years experience, working with clients of all ages in diverse areas; Universities, Schools, Private Practice, EAP's, Organisations, and in Diocesan/Pastoral settings.

I have seen clients of all ages presenting with diverse issues including anxiety, depression, loss of all kinds, work and home stress, abuse-all kinds of issues.
As I trained with Cruse, I provide bereavement counselling for children and adults. 
As an Authorised tutor with Bridge Pastoral Foundation I was authorised to deliver training in Pastoral Care,and I also co-facilitated Psychotherapeutic groups with the same organisation.

My core counselling training is Person Centred, but I have enriched my work with considerable additional training including; Group Analysis, CBT, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Human Relations, Pastoral Care and Pastoral Counselling, Bereavement and Loss, Working with Children and Young People.
I worked for some time as a Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer with Cruse Bereavement Care where I was also a Young People's/ Children's Counsellor and set up a play therapy room.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 - £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

A counselling session of around 50 minutes is £50 per hour

Supervision for qualified Counsellors is £50 an hour or £75 for the required 1 1/2 hours per month.

Students pay £40 an hour for personal therapy, and £40 for an hour's supervision and £60 for an hour and a half's Supervision.

Costs are always under review, so please check.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mainly daytime as above, and I occasionally include Tuesday, Friday and some weekends.

Darlington, Co Durham, DL3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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My room is up two flights of stairs so I regret my Sandplay is not available to all. If you are unable to manage stairs I can make provision to meet on the ground floor, but could not manage the Sandplay in those circumstances.

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I offer clinical supervison to experienced and trainee therapists, as well as Consultation to Sandplay Therapists .

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Rachel McGovern
Rachel McGovern