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BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling, Dip MBACP

About me

There are times when the challenges of life can leave us feeling emotionally drained and fragile.  Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed and isolated, and it may feel difficult to talk about how we feel to those who are closest to us.  We can experience crises such as a sudden trauma or loss which makes coping with every-day life a struggle.  Sometimes we experience personal difficulties with their roots buried in past trauma and sometimes we just don’t know what's wrong.

Taking the first steps in asking for help is brave and you have taken that first step by being here.  It can feel daunting, but I can help you overcome any uncertainty and work through your problems with you.  I offer person-centred, integrative therapy, in a safe and non-judgmental space where we can explore any issues in complete confidentiality.  Through exploring problems together, you will discover a deeper understanding of yourself which will help you conquer issues that may have previously held you back or been in your way.  

Together, we will look at your problems in the present and identify the roots of these problems from your past, exploring here and now possibilities for coping with and for improving your life.  Learning how to put the pieces of your puzzle back together with compassion and sensitivity will create empowering changes, leading to loving your life and accepting every aspect of it. 

Working together,  you will be able to view your current situation through a new lens of light, depth and clarity.  You will change old and unhelpful perspectives and feelings about yourself and your life, which will help you make positive changes.​   

Do you feel that now is the right time for you to make a change?  Please contact me and together we can make the positive changes that will mould the rest of your life.  It could be the most important journey you will ever make.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma Humanistic Counselling - University of Chichester
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills - University of Chichester
  • Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health – Lincoln College

I am an experienced person-centred psychotherapeutic counsellor, in long and short-term therapy working within the NHS and private practice.   As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work to a strict ethical and confidentiality code as set out in the BACP Ethical Framework.

Member organisations


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.

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Booking an Appointment

The free initial 30 minute phone consultation is a space for planning a way forward, establishing the frequency of sessions, discussing expectations about the length (and outcome) of therapy, booking an appointment and considering, when necessary, possible referrals to other professionals.

I have daytime and evening appointments available.  

When I work

Their may be last minute appointments available - please ask.

Further information

As a LGBTQ+ community ally I understand the issues and worries that you may struggle with, which we can explore in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space.

If I am unable to answer your call, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Alternatively, you can text or email me at rachelbarlow-counselling@outlook.com.

As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I receive regular supervision and enhance my counselling knowledge and skills by attending courses and workshops as part of my continuous professional development.

My pronouns are she/her.

St. Pauls Church, Churchside, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6FT

Friends Meeting House, 6 Victoria Drive, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 2RJ

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My therapy rooms at Chichester and Bognor Regis have wheelchair access and toilets.

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