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BSc, PG Dip. Counselling, NCS(Accredited)

About me

I offer a friendly and professional, counselling relationship and environment.

My approach is open, warm and non-judgemental.  I aim to offer a safe, calm, supportive and confidential space for us to work together.  I will value all your experiences and will be thoughtful in exploring your issues; utilising my skills and experience as a counsellor of more than fifteen 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 challenge you are facing.  Together we will work towards making sense of what feels overwhelming, confusing or difficult.  We can explore issues involving your self esteem, your relationships and on deepening your self awareness.  Together we will find strategies that work for you, so you are better equipped to navigate crisis and you will come to better understand yourself and how you relate to those around you.

I believe we can find a way forwards for you, supported from within you and 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, listen to music or watch a movie.  A walk in the trees or swimming is calming for me and allows me to reflect, rest and restore.  We will talk about the ways in which you can support and nourish yourself.  It is so 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, stress, depression, loss and bereavement, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, relationship problems, separation and divorce, trauma, dissociation and post-traumatic stress symptoms, panic attacks, physical and mental well being issues, self harming behaviours, eating disorders, parenting and parents, work issues, 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.

I look forward to hearing from you.  Rachael

Training, qualifications & experience

-Diploma in Professional Studies Counselling 2005-2007 with Certificate in Counselling 2001. Both attained at 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 with the wider impacts that abuse can have.  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. If you are a partner or a family member and are looking for support in exploring your feelings and the difficulties that can come with disclosures and how to best support the survivors of trauma, counselling can support you too.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling Society


£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40.00 per hourly session.
£20.00 for an initial appointment, to meet and discuss the support you are looking for and to find out if you would like to work together.  Session for up to an hour.
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.

When I work

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.

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.'

Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS36

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults