Rachel Barnes

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Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Bath BA1 & Bradford-on-Avon BA15
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

What to expect:
You will have a free initial assessment session, by phone or online, during which we will explore why you are looking for therapy and what you want to achieve from the therapy. We will agree how we might work together and whether you wish to proceed with sessions.

What the sessions will be like:
I aim to create a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The Person-Centred, Humanistic theory that the client is the best expert of themselves, and that with empathy and the therapeutic alliance this expertise can be revealed and applied, is the basis of my approach. My focus is to support you in developing a better understanding of yourself; including your feelings, issues and difficulties, so you can move forward with improved wellbeing. 

How I work:
I am a trained Integrative Counsellor and I work with a range of presenting issues including; anxiety disorders, low mood and depression. I have a special interest in addiction and problematic drug and alcohol use, whether that be long term dependency or if you’ve found yourself drinking too much to manage stress. I draw from several models including; Transactional Analysis, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred, Motivational Interviewing and the 12 Step Model. My approach is tailored to each client’s specific needs.

Where I work:
I offer online or telephone sessions with a free initial assessment session. Having worked remotely for some time I have found that online client work is just as effective as in person. It is also time efficient and cost effective, so I can offer sessions at lower prices making them more accessible for people. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced practitioner, having worked in a variety of client focused roles since 2005.  I’m a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 

Work history:
I have practiced as a counsellor within different settings; including charities, schools, GP surgeries and prisons. I am therefore familiar with working with a diverse range of people and an array of presenting issues. I currently manage a service that provides treatment for people experiencing problematic substance use and mental health issues. 

Areas of interest and experience:
For the last 12 years I have specifically worked with people who are experiencing difficulties with substances; drugs, alcohol and prescription medication. I also work with the many underlying and subsequent issues of drug and alcohol use. I work with people experiencing mental health difficulties including depression and anxiety, low mood and dual diagnosis. Plus other presenting issues such as unhealthy or abusive relationships, trauma, abuse, involvement in the criminal justice system and unhealthy behaviours. I’m also experienced in supporting family members of people who are experiencing difficulties with substances. 

Iron Mill Institute, Exeter 
Advanced Diploma: Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited) 
University of the West of England, Bristol 
Certificate: Counselling
University of the West of England, Bristol  
BSc (Hons): Psychology

I attend regular training and seminars as part of my professional development. 

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

I’m offering online counselling only, which enables the session cost to be lower than if paying for a room. If you are unable to afford £40, please do contact me to discuss. 


When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Evenings only.
Please contact for current availability. 

Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, BA15

Type of session


Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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