Rachael Elliott MBA, Dip. Couns., MBACP
Life can be tough at times. Whether it's issues at work, issues with family and relationships, illness, loss, abuse, sexuality, phobias, anxiety, addiction or just general confidence in ourselves, we all need help from time to time.
I spent years thinking that the best way to deal with the feelings brought about by life's challenges was to 'bottle them up' and not talk about them, hoping that eventually they would go away. The reality was that this led to issues with anxiety, low mood, frustration and in extreme cases, panic attacks. Sound familiar?
Just as it did for me, counselling could be the key to helping you unlock the root cause of how you are feeling and to help you address the consequences of those feelings once and for all.
What is Counselling?
Counselling can take many forms, for example Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Integrative, Psychodynamic and Holistic.
I offer person-centred counselling, which is essentially talk therapy. This approach allows you to explore your problems, difficult feelings and past experiences in a non-judgemental and confidential environment on a regular (ideally weekly) basis. Since qualifying in this approach, I have undertaken regular training and development and as such I am also able to draw upon tools and techniques from other counselling approaches; all the while making sure that you, the client, are entirely comfortable.
What is it suitable for?
Counselling can help you to understand and resolve the feelings associated with a whole range of issues: Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), panic disorder, phobias, sadness, depression, suicidal thoughts, separation and divorce, low self esteem, bereavement, addiction, stress, abuse, trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, past issues, illness, loss and many more (please see below for the full range of areas I deal with).
I am a fully qualified counsellor (since 2013), with extensive experience of working with a whole range of issues. In addition to working privately, I also work with Police Officers on issues such as trauma, PTSD, relationships, anxiety, stress and confidence.
Prior to qualifying as a counsellor, I held several leadership roles in various organisations until a health issue forced me to rethink my priorities. I therefore have a deep understanding and appreciation for both the distress brought about by illness, along with the challenges presented by the workplace. I have extensive coaching experience and am particularly adept at helping people to achieve their personal and career potential.
My counselling practice is home-based on the Leeds/Wakefield border in Methley, LS26 where I live with my husband and son, along with our dog, Ralf (don't worry, he doesn't intrude on our sessions!).
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications are:
- ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
- Basic Counselling Skills Levels 1 and 2
- Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
- Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- I also achieved a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and offer coaching to under/post graduate students.
I have attended training in the following areas:
- Working with survivors of rape and sexual assault
- Working with suicidal clients
- Working with Narcissism
- Introduction to CBT
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Level 1
- Inner Child Therapy
- Working Creatively with Clients
- Will I ever be good enough?
- Transactional Analysis (how we communicate with each other)
- Existential Issues in Counselling
MBACP - I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and am therefore bound by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I have full professional indemnity insurance and an up to date CRB check.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Initial assessment: £25 (up to one hour)
One hour session: £40 (one to one counselling)
Home Visits (within 5 mile radius of LS26): £50 (up to one hour)
I also offer a discounted rate of £25 per hour to student counsellors - please ask for details.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Two small steps into property. Counselling will take place on the ground floor.
I am available on the following days/times:
Monday and Tuesday: 09.00 to 20.00
Thursday: 17.00 to 20.00
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|