Rachael Radford - Dip. Couns.
I’m Rachael, a qualified person-centred Counsellor and individual member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). My professional background is in supporting people experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and long term illness to improve their health & wellbeing and to feel good about themselves and the people & places around them. I've also spent a number of years supporting people affected by an acquired brain injury and carers of people living with Dementia. In my counselling practice, I am experienced in working with a wide range of issues such as loss, trauma, sexual violence, suicidal thoughts and self harm, to name a few. I understand that difficult experiences can often lead to feeling disconnected from those around us and can effect our relationships and self-esteem, which can often then lead to depression, anxiety, stress and problems with our health.
I work from a person-centred framework, which means that I believe you are the expert on your life and will collaborate with you on how to make the hard stuff easier to sit with. The process of Counselling can lead to new perspectives and self-awareness that can be both exciting and scary so it’s important that you feel listened to, respected and understood by your counsellor. Through my own experience of counselling, I have been given the space to heal and have felt empowered to make positive changes in my life, this is what drives me to offer person-centred counselling to others, as I know how transformative it can be - with a lot of hard work, frustration, tears and even laughter along the way. My clients have often said that counselling helped them to untangle their thoughts and feelings so that they were able to live healthier and happier lives - I feel privileged to be a part of my client's lives in this way, witnessing times of darkness and light! Working together, we can explore where you are now and where you would like to get to. The person-centred approach means that I will offer support and encouragement in a genuine, empathic and non-judgemental way.
It can take a lot of courage to ask for help so I will do what I can to help you to feel comfortable and answer any questions you have. This is why I offer a free no-obligation consultation over the phone, usually lasting around 15 minutes. This is an opportunity to ask any questions you may have, decide whether counselling is right for you at this time and whether I am the right counsellor for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Therapeutic Counselling Diploma Level 4 (ABC)
Other training & CPD:
- Self Harm Awareness
- Domestic Abuse Awareness
- Narrative Approaches and Inner Child Work
- Working at Relational Depth
- Introduction to Pluralistic Counselling
- Equality & Diversity
- Bereavement and Loss
- Dementia Awareness
- Stroke Awareness
- Mindfulness: Introduction to facilitating groups
- Understanding Trauma
- Sexual Trauma: Neurobiology of intimate interpersonal trauma
- Trauma related self harm & suicidal ideation
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£35 for the therapeutic hour.
I ask that fees are paid either by bank transfer prior to the session or in cash at the session. Cancellation of appointments is to be given within 24 hrs notice. If a session is missed without notification or on the day of the session, the full fee may be charged.
I have limited availability for concessionary sessions, please ask for details.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical framework. I hold personal indemnity insurance from Holistic Insurance and an enhanced DBS check.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have availability on Monday afternoons, Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons/early evening.
Types of client