Rachel Wesley, BSc (Hons), PG (Dip) in Counselling, Reg MBACP and EMDR UK
I am a qualified mental health therapist/trainer who runs a private practice in Bolton, Chorley and Preston. Before starting private practice, I worked in psychological therapy for 16 years in the NHS in both occupational health and primary care mental health services. I work in a client-centred and holistic way with individuals and couples, irrespective of religious belief, sexual orientation or race.
I offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Therapy) in addition to CBT, as an integrative person centred therapist. I work with single incident trauma such as assaults and accidents, more complex PTSD due to abuse or being exposed to life threatening or horrific events. I have experience of working with:
trauma eg domestic violence, long term abuse, health related
relationship issues (both with couples and individuals), separation/divorce
low mood/depression including peri and post natal depression (for men and women)
general and social anxiety, stress
low self-esteem and body image issues
bereavement/loss and life adjustment
anger and managing emotions
family and parenting difficulties
work related issues eg bullying, redundancy, career changes, facing retirement
long term ill health and chronic pain (I am a retained counsellor for the MS Society)
I have particular experience in helping parents/carers who have children on the autistic spectrum.
I also run 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, l also offer telephone and Skype counselling. The Preston clinic has good access for mobility impaired clients and I also conduct home visits when a GP makes a private referral for clients who have long term health conditions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, EMDR Association of UK and Ireland and UK Psychological Trauma Society, have 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. I also have a BA (Hons) in Human Resources which was my first career before moving into therapy. I work in an integrative framework incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) and mindfulness approaches into a person-centred model. The tools are not the most important part of therapy - rather the relationship is, being understood and accepted.
From my HR background I also offer coaching particularly around redundancy and career change issues. I run workshops for therapists and staff within the care professions covering ASD/ADHD, managing anger and conflict, psychopharmacology, PTSD/Trauma, compassionate mind, good clinical care practice within the care sector.
I have worked as independent therapist for a local secondary school with adolescents (12 year olds and upwards) who have behavioural issues and regularly runs workshops for staff in the education sector on mental health issues. Recently the workshops have included subjects such as anger, stress management, mental health in adolescence, attachment disorders and self-harm.
I am a clinical supervisor and coach for both student and qualified counsellors, staff involved in education, social work and mental health eg teachers, foster carers and social workers.
As a Reiki master teacher, I am also able to offer bio-energy healing and relaxation, mindfulness meditation.
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."
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Aspergers - help for parents and carers
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Individuals - £45 for counselling therapy, £55 for EMDR per session. Discounts available for clients on low income
Couples - 60 minute session on a sliding scale (income dependent) from £60 to £45 per session
Teens (age 12 years and upwards) - 30-45 minute session - £35
Telephone/Skype - sessions up to 60 minutes £40 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.
If you wish to discuss your issues informally, please give me a call before arranging an initial session. Daytime and evening appointments are 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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day time and evening sessions available from clinics in Bolton, Chorley and Preston (Fulwood area)
Types of client
|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.