Rachael Oldfield, PG Dip. Couns., Reg. BACP
489 Kingsland Road
Manor Road Doctors Surgery
14 Manor Road
I am a warm and down-to-earth counsellor working in Dalston, E8 and Beckenham, BR3. I can help you with anxiety, depression, low self-worth, relationship difficulties (professional or personal), loneliness and isolation, bereavement, traumatic experiences, life transitions and finding meaning amongst other issues. You may have a more general sense of dissatisfaction or unease and not know exactly what's wrong. Whatever brings you, I am committed to helping you to 'see the wood for the trees,' to working with you to address your difficulties and to helping you to move beyond them.
I am a qualified, registered and experienced Person Centred counsellor, which means that my work will be uniquely tailored to you. I offer a caring, safe and professional therapy relationship which keeps your needs at the heart of our work together.
You will decide what to explore and how long you want to attend.
I will do my best to empathise with you and will be honest and genuine with you, accepting and respecting you for who you are.
What motivates us to begin a therapy journey is as unique as we are and I strive to approach every client without preconceptions, regardless of age, sexual identity, gender, belief systems, levels of ability, ethnicity or cultural and social background.
Locations and availability
I work in two locations:
- 489 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London E8 4AU where I have some availability on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am and 2pm
- Manor Road GP Surgery, 14 Manor Road, Beckenham BR3 5LE (where I work independently) and have some availability on Thursdays between 9am and 2pm.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, The Metanoia Institute
- Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Psychotherapy (due for completion 2019), The Metanoia Institute
- MSc Contemporary Person Centred Psychotherapy and its Applications (due for completion 2019), The Metanoia Institute
I have worked with people of all ages, from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and with a wide range of concerns, at:
- The Centre for Better Health, Hackney
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Greenwich
- The Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service, Ealing
Much of my counselling work has been with anxiety, stress and depression, low self-esteem or lack of confidence, personal or professional relationship difficulties and bereavement and loss (in all its forms).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My initial academic and vocational training was in the performance arts. I bring my experience and understanding of the particular difficulties actors, musicians and dancers can face to my work with them.
In addition, my MSc Dissertation research explores the experience of attending boarding school and the particular reverberations boarders might feel in their adult lives.
Research shows that the relationship between the client and counsellor is the crucial factor in whether therapy will make a positive difference so it's important that you find the right therapist for you. With that in mind, I offer a reduced rate for our initial session. We can meet to discuss what brings you and to find out what you are hoping for from counselling and you can get a feel for how we might work together.
My fees are:
- £50 for our initial session
- £60 per session thereafter
Fees can be paid in advance of each session by BACS or in cash at the outset of each session.
Sessions are 50 minutes long and are usually held at the same time, on the same day, each week.
I ask that you give me 48 hours' notice of cancellation of an arranged session. I will always endeavour to offer you another slot that week but if that is not possible, the full fee will be payable before we meet again.
Safe Professional Practice
As a registered member of the BACP, I work within the 'Ethical Framework for Good Practice in the Counselling Professions' and am subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure it outlines.
I hold a current DBS certificate and my work is fully insured and underpinned by regular clinical supervision. I invest in continuing personal and professional development so as to be able to offer an informed, contemporary and dynamic practice.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I regret that both my practice rooms are unlikely to be accessible to people with mobility difficulties as each is up one flight of stairs.
I currently have availability in Dalston (E8 4AU) on Wednesdays and Fridays 9am-2pm and in Beckenham (BR3 5LE) on Thursdays from 10am-2pm.
Types of client