About me

Hello and welcome. I'm Rachel, I am an integrative Psychotherapist who is passionate about employing my knowledge, skills, and experience of over 15 years (aside from the learning acquired from my own life world), to help bring about healing and restoration to young people, adults and older adults, seeking a sense of meaning and purpose in a life that sometimes appears futile.

I endeavour to encounter the person in the context of how they experience and perceive their world, with no particular agenda but a specific aim to facilitate emotional well-being and cognitive functioning.

What I aim for is not merely to solve a problem or change a behaviour but to open new horizons, help people discover new dimensions of their person-hood and their life to navigate the path to productivity and fulfillment.

As a psychotherapist, I am able to offer my expertise, skills and my experience of working with a wide range of mental illnesses such as:

Depression, anxiety, self harm, low self- esteem, anger, shame and guilt. Some of which result in one or more of the following: panic disorder, eating disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, suicidal ideation, schizophrenia, general anxiety disorder or borderline personality disorder.

My areas of special interests are:

  • Impact of Stillbirth
  • Baby and Child Loss on Mothers/Fathers/Siblings/Grandparents
  • Adolescents & Adults traumatised by Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse and its impact on men and women
  • Trauma and its impact on young people and adults
  • Substance misuse and it's influence on mental well-being
  • Impact of pregnancy loss on the emotional well-being of mothers and fathers
  • Bereavement and its impact on the mental health of men and women

I offer a 15 minute free initial consultation, following which we can make an appointment for clinical assessment if you're happy to proceed. This will give you the opportunity to evaluate the potential benefits of therapy with me.

I welcome any questions and look forward to your contact.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - Existential Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Masters Degree (MA) in Psychology
  • Current Enhanced DBS Disclosure
  • Professional Liability Insurance.

I have worked within psychological therapy for the last 10 years, integrating various modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Existential, Psychodynamic and  Humanistic, with the aim to cater to individual needs and learning styles. I have worked with young people in schools and youth counselling charities.

I gained valuable experience working with adults in substance misuse charities and within private practice. Having worked for an IAPT service, NHS, I have gained additional experience in dealing with a variety of complexities in mental health.

Training undertaken:

  • Attachment Theory : (Sir Richard Bowlby & M Schiller)
  • Working therapeutically across languages with or without an interpreter
  • Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation (PODS)
  • Child Sexual Abuse: Hope for Healing (PODS)
  • Clinical Assessment (Society of Psychoanalytic Practice)
  • Making Trauma therapy Safer: the Psychophysiology of Trauma and PTSD  (Somatic Trauma Therapy)
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice (PODS)
  • Rewind Technique(International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy)
  • How to work with Trauma that your patient cannot verbalise (Peter Levine)
  • A psychobiological view of Shame (Peter Levine)
  • Private Practice Conference: BACP
  • Making Trauma therapy Safer: the Psychophysiology of Trauma and PTSD by Babette Rothschild (Somatic Trauma Therapy)
  • Dealing with Distress and Suicide, by Carolyn Spring (PODS)
  • The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, (ongoing - NICABM, USA)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • emotional distress
  • despair
  • anxiety/depression caused by stillbirth
  • baby/child loss in mothers, fathers, siblings and grandparents

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

From £65.00 to £150.00

Additional information

Considering the need for continued support in the current pandemic situation, I am offering a discount on telephone/zoom sessions. I am also able to offer reduced rates for bulk booking and long term therapy - please contact me.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday to Friday - 11am to 8pm.

Further information

I am able to work with both an open-ended and limited time frame.

Billingshurst
RH14

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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.

Wheel Chair access is available

Additional languages

Tamil (Indian)

Rachel Bates

Rachel Bates