Rachel Bedwell

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Ground 2 Grow Therapy
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Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5
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About me

My name is Rachel, and I am a fully qualified Person-centred therapeutic counsellor. I offer online, phone counselling sessions and walk and talk counselling in the Swindon area.

I believe therapy can make a huge difference in your life and I’m passionate about providing a non-judgemental and confidential space to support you on your journey of emotional and mental wellbeing.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions. I also have an advance DBS check.

I work to a person centred approach. 

I feel the relationship between client and counsellor is fundamental in helping to provide the supportive environment where you can have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of yourself and the challenges you are facing. I can walk alongside you and provide you with a confidential, accepting, and non-judgmental space to help you discover your own innate strength to face the issues that have been troubling you.

Walk and talk Therapy 
Please note that outdoor and walk and talk sessions may not be suited for all clients.  Outdoor therapy sessions take place in rural settings around the Swindon area and enable me to continue to provide clients within person centred therapy sessions safely. We will literally and figuratively walk through your issues side by side using exercise and nature as a therapeutic backdrop.

Walk And Talk Counselling combines the benefits of both counselling and walking. The idea is simple: instead of sitting opposite each other indoors, we head outside and walk side by side!

In these sessions we will walk at a pace that suits us both and talk in a more relaxed setting. We do not have to walk the whole 50 minutes.

Walking outside might itself confront issues that you would like to address such as a fear of open spaces or a fear of feeling judged for your appearance. 

Those of you sitting in an office or in front of your screens all day may welcome a change in scenery, so walk and talk therapy might be an option you would like to consider.

Evidence suggests there are real benefits to be gained by being able to combine the positive aspects of being outdoors with the benefits of talking therapy. We know that being outside can improve mood, help us to sleep better and decrease stress and anxiety for example. It can be both soothing and exhilarating. It provides the opportunity to increase exposure to natural light and fresh air that our bodies and brains instinctively respond to.

Phone Counselling
Telephone counselling is where you speak with your counsellor and receive your session over the telephone rather than face-to-face in the therapy room. As with face-to-face counselling, I will offer you space to talk through how you’ve been feeling and support you to identify and make changes should you wish to do so.

There are a number of potential benefits of telephone counselling. First of all, telephone counselling can offer you a greater sense of confidentiality and anonymity. This can be reassuring particularly if you feel nervous, embarrassed or fearful about talking through your problems, helping you to feel a greater degree of control. Clients can also feel a greater sense of safety receiving counselling in their own home.

For clients with a hectic or full schedule, telephone counselling can be a more convenient means of accessing emotional support.

Video Counselling
Video counselling works in much the same way as face-to-face counselling does. It is helpful to ensure you have a private, quiet setting where you feel safe and comfortable for the duration of the session. You may want to use headphones with a microphone for the conversation. 

Finally, if you live remotely or experience health conditions which pose a barrier to seeing a counsellor in person, this means you can still receive support.

Training, qualifications & experience

My background is in education, supporting students in Primary school with Autism, ADHD and challenging behaviour. I also have Worked with Aiming high, supporting children and young people from 8 year old's up to their 18th birthday.

I have experience working with a wide diversity of clients young to elderly, each client is unique with their own stories. We have worked together on things such as stress, anxiety, loss, emotional dysregulation, trauma, depression, anger, self-harm, low-self-esteem, relationship difficulties, survivors of domestic and sexual abuse both historic and acute. I have worked with recent diagnosis and ill health, including those caring for children/partners who are neurodivergent.

I have also previously volunteered as a counsellor at Ipsum working with clients from 16-year-olds upwards.

I have previously volunteered as a primary school counsellor, working with 11-year-old (year 6 children).

In my previous role I've worked as an crisis advocate at Swindon and Wiltshire sexual assault referral center, where I supported clients with past or recent domestic and sexual assault while they are awaiting for referrals to the ISVA service and or counselling.

Currently alone side my own Practice I work as a children's and young peoples sexual violence Counsellor for Wiltshire, where I travel across Wiltshire to provide therapeutic support to under 18 year old's who's been effected  by Sexual violence. I also work part time as a school counsellor at a Swindon secondary school.

I have had pre trail therapy training and I am also a CATT Practitioner.

CATT is Children's Acclerated Trauma Technique for PTSD and complex Trauma.

CATT is highly effective as its one of the few trauma focused therapies developed just for children and adolescents from the ground up. 

CATT uses creative arts method of emotional expression and communication that makes it straight forward for children to process their trauma memories in a safe and effect way. This technique can also be used for adults

No matter what you would like to bring to our sessions, I am open to exploring with you in a non-judgmental, caring way, to help you find the answers you need.

I have had training hold qualifications in the following:

  • Domestic abuse and intimate partner violence
  • Equality and diversity 
  • Honour based violence and forced marriage
  • Human trafficking and modern-day slavery 
  • Mental health, dementia and learning disability awareness
  • Safeguarding adults’ level 1,2 &3
  • Safeguarding children’s levels 1, 2 & 3
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual abuse and recognising grooming
  • Substances misuse
  • Trauma informed approach to understanding the impact of sexual violence 
  • Autism awareness diploma
  • Dyslexia awareness diploma
  • ADHD awareness diploma
  • Exercise and mental health
  • Changing ideas in mental health
  • Children and young people participation
  • Emotions and emotional disorders
  • Tech Abuse 
  • Counselling level 1
  • Level 2 certificate in counselling skills
  • Level 3 certificate in counselling skills
  • Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling level 4
  • ASSIT - Applied suicide intervention skills
  • Pre trail Therapy
  • CATT Practitioner

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

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer Counselling to people age 10 years and upwards.


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Sessions are £45 for adults and £40 for 10–16-year-olds

50-minute session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please note current space's are evening slots from 4pm 

Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

DBS check

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