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About me

I work with young people, families and adults.  I work from central Petersfield in a beautiful office but am also very happy to work on-line.  I am a member of the BACP and abide by their strict code of ethics.  I am fully insured.

I believe that each person is their own 'best expert.' I recognise that every individual has the internal resources they need to fulfil their own potential and to achieve our potential we need favourable conditions. If we have been denied acceptance and positive regard we may not have been able to reach our true potential. As a qualified counsellor with many years of experience, I am committed to working alongside you, supporting and enabling you to look at these issues in a wholly unconditional and confidential environment.

Working with Young People

Alongside working with adults I also offer help and support to young people from the age of 12 years. Young people face enormous pressures in this fast-paced modern world - it can often feel full of rules but with unclear boundaries. Being given the chance to be supported by someone who is not connected to home, school or university can be both beneficial and empowering and can remove a lot of pressure.

Creativity and Walking Therapy

I often work creatively, especially with young people, and offer a range of tools for this work, including; crafts, pens, props, games and sand-tray.
I am very happy to and encourage taking our sessions into the great outdoors. Confined spaces can be difficult for some and living on the South Downs offers a huge space for expression, nature, mindfulness and calm reflection.
If this is something that might appeal to you when thinking about counselling please mention it to me!​
It can be daunting deciding whether to begin counselling or not and for this reason, I offer a 20-minute free telephone consultation. This is not a counselling session but will help you decide whether it is the right path for you.

How Will Counselling Help You?

Offering unconditional support
Gaining a greater sense of control and acceptance of the things that have been difficult
Clearer thinking about your situation and your options
Feeling more positive and less overwhelmed
Better decision making
Learning coping strategies
Higher self-esteem
Improved relationships

Counselling offers you a safe, supportive, empathetic and confidential relationship from which to explore any issues that may be concerning you or negatively affecting your life. I will support you with non-judgemental understanding - giving you a chance to work your way through these issues. We will explore your situation together and discuss the changes that you would like to make.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Salisbury College, 1999 - Counselling Skills and Theory Certificate
  • Guildford College, 2001 - Further Counselling and Theory Skills
  • University of Roehampton, 2003-05 - Integrative Counselling Advanced Diploma
  • Talk it Out, Guildford, 2005 - Youth counselling training and placement
  • Teen & Adolescent Counselling Skills
  • Off the Record, Havant, 2019 - Young person's counselling

Short courses and workshops

  • Safeguarding and child protection
  • Anger management
  • Creative & sand-tray
  • Suicide awareness and depression
  • Wild therapy
  • Mindfulness

Types of therapy offered

  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Person Centred
  • Solution-focussed brief therapy
  • Walking & mindfulness
  • Creative

Who I work with

  • Young people
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Schools
  • Adults
  • Older adults

Member organisations


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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


From £50 per session (50 minute sessions)

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

I work in central Petersfield and on-line.

For any further information please visit my website at; rachelbridgmancounselling.com.

Please contact me on either my mobile; 07901875910

or click here to send me an email.

Worcester House
4 Dragon Street
GU31 4JD

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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 Unspecified

My office is located in central Petersfield, close to the mainline train, buses and several large carparks.


Tuesday - Friday 2pm-6pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Rachel Bridgman - Young People & Adult Counsellor

Rachel Bridgman - Young People & Adult Counsellor