Rachael Sawyer BSc, PG Dip. Counselling, NCS(Accredited)

Rachael Sawyer  BSc, PG Dip. Counselling, NCS(Accredited)

South Gloucestershire


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About me

I offer a friendly and professional, counselling relationship, service and environment.  My approach is open, warm and non-judgemental; offering a safe, calm, supportive and confidential space for us to work together. I will completely value your experience and will be thoughtful in exploring your issues.  I will utilise my skills and experience as a counsellor of more than thirteen years, to find meaningful ways of working together, that are right for you and at your pace.

I will support you in finding your way through whatever difficulty you are experiencing or problem you are facing.  Together we will work towards making sense of what feels overwhelming, confusing or difficult. We can work on issues involving your self esteem and on deepening your self awareness. Through increasing your understanding of your issues and building your confidence, you will be able to face your challenges. We will work together to find a strategy that works for you, to successfully navigate crisis and to better understand how you relate to those around you.

I believe we can find a way forwards for you and from within you, drawing on all your knowledge and experiences. We will find resources that you have both within and outside of the counselling room. It can be the simplest things which help us, offering time to reflect and give us balance and perspective in our lives. I love to read, dance or watch a movie to take time out. A walk in the trees or being in or near to water is calming for me and allows me to rest, reflect and restore. We can talk about the ways in which you can support yourself.  It is important for us in our daily lives and especially when undertaking counselling, to be safe and supported both inside and outside of the therapy room.

Clients that I work with bring many issues such as; anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, relationship problems, separation and divorce, trauma, dissociation and post-traumatic stress, physical and mental health issues, self harming behaviours, eating disorders, parenting and parents, work issues and emotional overwhelm and underwhelm.

I attend regular supervision to support my work and actively seek out training and reading to keep my practice informed and ethical.

I understand that it can be difficult to ask for help and believe that it takes courage to enter into having some counselling. If you have any questions or are curious about anything, please feel free to make contact and ask. I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Professional Studies Counselling, 2005-2007 University of the West of England and Certificate in Counselling, 2001 University of the West of England
BSC(Hons) Sociology, 1994 Plymouth University

I have many years experience working as a counsellor with survivors of sexual abuse and rape, for a specialist agency in Bristol and within the NHS IAPT and HM Prison Service.
I welcome people who are looking to work on the many issues involved in sexual, physical and emotional abuse and also with the wider impacts that abuse can have on a person.  I recognise the deep and far reaching affects people experience, across and throughout their lives, in normal response to and survival of traumatic events. I can work through the issues involved, safely and hold you through the difficult and challenging work that is involved.

I also welcome people who are dealing with a loved ones disclosure of sexual abuse and are managing the many issues arising and affecting so much within their families or relationships. People who are looking for support in exploring their feelings and difficulties and all that can come with disclosures and how to best support the survivors of trauma.

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£40.00 per hourly session.
£20.00 for an initial 30 minute appointment, to meet and discuss the support you are looking for and to find out if you would like to work together. 
The session rate is negotiable depending on your circumstances. I can offer a concession rate of £30 per hourly session.
I offer short and long term work.
We will review our work together regularly, to check in with where you are and how you are doing and to ensure that you are getting what you need from working together in the counselling sessions.

Further information

Testimonials from some clients I have worked with:

'Rachael. I am ready for a fresh start. I feel like you've given me the tools I need to cope with stuff now. Thank you so much for your help, you have been more than I hoped for.'

'Rachael, it has been so helpful meeting with you and making sense of what I was thinking and feeling. It was just too much to sort out on my own. I get it now and know that I can deal with it and move on in my life. Thanks.'

'Seeing you has helped me to let go of the past and actually enjoy myself and look forward to the future. I feel more confident in myself, so meeting new people isn't so hard. Thank you so much for your help. I don't think I could have reached this stage without you.'

'Thank you Rachael for the help you've given me to get quality out of my life.  I'll never forget the kindness and compassion you showed me.'

'After counselling sessions I can now dream nice things.  It was hard to let hate go but now I can start to love again.  You have helped to unlock my hidden pain.'

'Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement over the past weeks.'

'Thank you for clearing away my issues.  Brushing them away to make me feel brand new.'

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS36

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


I work from a comfortable, private and peaceful room in my garden and am flexible with the times I can offer. Day times Monday to Friday, with some evening sessions available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults