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Rachel Blake MSc (Counselling), Pg Dip, MBACP

Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH14 1BB
07597 996 768 07597 996 768
Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH14 1BB

About me

Are you looking to find someone to talk to about a personal issue which is causing you concern or distress?

Maybe you have previous experience of counselling, or maybe not. It doesn’t matter. It would seem you have decided that whatever is disturbing you is not something which you can resolve on your own. Family and friends can sometimes help but there are situations when it is beneficial to discuss your problems with someone who is impartial and who doesn’t know anything about you except what you tell them. This is one reason why counselling works.

I am a fully qualified, experienced counsellor and specialist trained in working both face-to-face and online. If you live in Edinburgh you may wish to make an appointment with me in Craiglockhart or, especially if you do not live nearby you may prefer to meet me online via VSee (a similar but more secure alternative to Skype). Online counselling is also conducted via Hushmail encrypted emails at www.hushmail.com, a free encrypted service which ensures confidentiality in email exchanges and allows you to keep our messages in a secure place, safe from anyone who uses the same computer.

Whatever issue is affecting you, you may wish to discuss it in complete confidence with a professional listener. As a counsellor I believe each of us has the answers we are seeking within ourself - we may just need someone who is not emotionally involved and who knows nothing about us to help discover them. 

I originally trained in the dialogue between the person centred approach and psychodynamic perspective, both of which strongly informs my way of working therapeutically.  By this I mean my training affords us the possibility of looking at and considering how the past may be impacting the present, in order to allow you the opportunity to chose an alternative and more fulfilling way of being in the future.  I am available to work either on a short or long term basis, depending on what suits your personal needs.  I am also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO), and fully adhere to their ethical codes of practice.  I also have full professional indemnity insurance for my work.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Specialist Certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Technology (2013) - The Online Therapy Institute
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (2011) - University of Edinburgh
  • Master of Science in Counselling Studies (2009) - University of Edinburgh

  • Specialist Certificate in Bereavement Counselling (2009) - Cruse Bereavement Care (Edinburgh)

I have worked at PF Counselling Service in Edinburgh as a counsellor and assessment counsellor for 10 1/2 years, and with Health in Mind for 6 years, Edinburgh where I offer telephone and face to face counselling to adult survivors of trauma including childhood sexual abuse and neglect.  I also provide telephone advice and guidance 18 hours a week for those considering attending the National Confidential Forum.  The NCF is about understanding and acknowledging individuals experiences as a child in institutional care in Scotland, whatever they were.  It is completely up to individuals whether they want to contact the helpline service, and offers an impartial space where the focus is for people to be able to talk confidentially, about what coming to the Forum could mean for them. I am also qualified, experienced and interested in gender identity and sexuality, and welcome working with LGBTIQQA+ issues and clients.

I have volunteered as an Associate Counsellor at Hope Park Counselling Centre in Edinburgh for 14 months, and also provided short term email counselling within a generic agency setting at Insight Counselling in Dundee, and am very experienced in working with adults living with degenerative and/or terminal illness, disability, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, abuse, self harm and adult survivors of boarding school.

Member organisations

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.

ACTO

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Boarding School Syndrome

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Individual sessions cost £50 for 1 hour and £60 for 1 hour for couples.

Payments are to be made by cash at the end of each face to face session, and by bank transfer before sessions are delivered online.

The full cost of the session applies for cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice.

Further information

I work from home in Craiglockhart where my practice room is located on the first floor.  I also have a space in East Crosscauseway which accommodates wheelchair access, and is suitable for those experiencing mobility issues.

BACP Membership Number : 703910

Lockharton Avenue
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH14 1BB

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Weekday mornings and afternoons, Saturday afternoon. Evening appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme
Rachel Blake  MSc (Counselling), Pg Dip, MBACP

Rachel Blake MSc (Counselling), Pg Dip, MBACP