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I provide counselling for adults, face to face, and online.

I offer a non-judgemental space for you to be heard, where you can feel safe and connected; where you can explore your experiences and issues, your situation, difficulties and sense of yourself, so that you may reduce your distress, grow in self-awareness and are empowered to move towards change or acceptance.

The need to share and connect through our experiences and life story is human nature; I can listen to what it is you need to share, to hear the thoughts and feelings that are troubling you. It may be that your anxiety feels higher at this time, that you are feeling overwhelmed and finding it hard to cope with life. Maybe you have experienced loss and life feels so different and difficult; it may be that you want to make sense of yourself, of your relationships, to feel less distress and relieve anxiety. Whatever life is like for you, I can listen and together we can understand what you need from therapy and that becomes our focus. Your individuality and particular issues are held in the space, that is for you to bring and express in a way, and at a pace, that feels right for you. All of you is welcome, I believe every person is beautiful in the light of their own meaning. Please read further down about how counselling can help.

I recognise that choosing a counsellor isn’t easy and maybe you have previous therapy experiences that are steering you, or maybe this is the first time, the first step you are taking to find a therapist, the first time thinking about what you would want in a counsellor. Connecting with what you need and want, as you take this step, is not necessarily easy either. If I am the first or if I am in a line of counsellors that you have contacted, please take hope that you are moving towards meeting your needs and keep going in your search. I offer a space for you to share and think about your needs, to think together about what felt helpful and unhelpful from any previous experiences of therapy, or from what you know about counselling. This may help you in finding meaningful connection and the right support for you now.

In recognition of the importance of commitment to the therapeutic process, I offer an initial session to explore what it is you want from counselling, our availability and any questions you may have about counselling sessions. It is an opportunity for you to ask questions and to share and think together about fears, hopes and expectations you may have about the counselling process and any previous experiences of counselling you may have had that help decide if we are suitable match for your needs.

To help this process, some information about your experiences, significant life events, past and present relationships, and how you are day to day, can be supportive to understanding what life is like for you and what you may need from counselling. You only need to share what you feel safe and are comfortable to share. There is no expectation to go to deeply into your issues at this point, we would work together to build trust and safety in our relationship to help enable this in sessions going forward.

Whilst it is hoped that we will be able to proceed to work together, there may be a number of reasons why we decide that this is not possible and as such there is no obligation or expectation that sessions will continue after an initial session.

If we do agree to proceed and arrange a time, I will hold the session space each week for you, for as long as we agree and you choose to attend. This day and time will not be offered to anyone else, nor will any other counsellor stand in for me.

Please contact me by email RBurrows@protonmail.com or text 07927 016754 to arrange for a telephone call that will help us decide if we might be a good fit.

How can counselling help?

Much of what hurts us in life, happens in relationships with others and often with those that we needed to trust the most. The therapeutic relationship can offer a way to experience trust and help with feeling safe and connected.  In the safety and connection of the counselling relationship, you may begin to make sense of experiences in relationships and provide understanding of your needs in relationships. The therapeutic relationship can be a way to begin to heal from the hurt.

For some, counselling can be about a space to understand and know themselves at a deeper level, that is otherwise hard to connect with in daily life. It can feel helpful to explore identity, experiences, desires or life purpose in the non-judgemental therapeutic relationship.

Counselling is a way of exploring what feeling sad, angry, isolated, vulnerable, happy, safe or coping is like for you.  Anxiety, fear, distress, and pain can be alleviated when you feel safe enough to explore shame, guilt, anger and associated feelings, without judgement or rejection in the relationship. Being together in what you are experiencing and receiving acceptance in the therapeutic relationship can make the changes you want seem possible.

Exploring thoughts and feelings, within the trust of our therapeutic relationship, can help you to find your own inner wisdom and new ways to cope with difficulties.

Trauma counselling offers a focus around unresolved trauma and associated symptoms and distress. Together we can consider what it is that you may be experiencing, how you may be continuing to feel unsafe, unable to remain present and connected within yourself, to the world and those around you. We begin with working to understand and recognise your symptoms of trauma, the meaning of body sensations, intrusive memories and thoughts. Building and maintaining an inner sense of safety, an increase in internal connection and control may be possible.  This is paced work, that takes time and is centred around safety and stabilisation of life in the here and now, before any processing of the trauma can be possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Working towards Level 5/6 Qualification

Additional & ongoing training & professional development in:

  • Trauma Counselling
  • Counselling online & by telephone - full training undertaken
  • The impact of covid-19 on relationships, healthcare & trauma
  • Working with Domestic Violence & Abuse
  • Neuroscience - trauma, relationships & regulation
  • Integration of mind, body & brain
  • Person-centred creative arts & creative exploration in counselling
  • Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversity
  • Attachments in relationship

I offer an Integrative Approach to counselling, bringing together professional knowledge and approaches to human needs in relationship, emotional and psychological processes, in a therapeutic relationship that recognises and values your uniqueness and individual experiences. Working together to understand your needs, we can collaborate ways of working in sessions that feel helpful to the process, which can include creative expression and exploration, using images, photos, writing, story, collage, natural materials, if you choose. With a particular interest and additional training in working with trauma, I can offer you a space and therapeutic relationship where you can begin to establish stabilisation, develop ways to experience increased connection and support a sense of safety and calm in your body and mind.

The continued training, reading, research, & experiential workshops, are valuable in my professional development and helps me to meet you, the client, in your individual experiences at various life stages, significant life events. I am experienced in working with a variety of issues in short and open-ended counselling, including:

·     Adverse childhood experiences

·     Alcohol & drug use

·     Anger

·     Anxiety

·     Bereavement & loss

·     Body image

·     Boundaries in relationships

·     Child separation

·     Chronic pain

·     Depression

·     Difference

·     Disability, health issues & medical diagnosis

·     Discrimination

·     Disordered eating

·     Educational experiences

·     Emotional overwhelm

·     Exclusion

·     Family dynamics

·     Identity

·     Life purpose

·     Loneliness

·     Rejection

·     Relationships

·     Responsibility

·     Retirement

·     Safety & connection in relationships

·     Self-concept

·     Self-doubt

·     Separation & divorce

·     Sexual needs & behaviour

·     Sexuality

·     Shame

·     Suicidal thoughts and self-harm

·     The criminal justice system

·     Trauma

·     Uncertainty

I have experienced clients being able to connect, express themselves and explore meaning in ways that feel helpful for them through words, drawing, exploration of colour, images and objects to represent their feelings, sense of self and their experiences.

I am an Associate member of APCCA (Association for Person Centred Creative Arts) promoting mental health, emotional wellbeing and creativity through the therapeutic use of creative arts, and I integrate approaches of the APCCA, where the principles are that creative art work is free from judgement, assessment or external interpretation of the therapist.

Together we have thought about how to explore - sometimes a pen and paper, the structure of a diagram, a mind map, or focus on a task can bring new self-awareness. These ways of working are available to you and can be adapted for working online or by telephone, should you wish to do so.

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.

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

Trauma Counselling

Photos & videos

Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Weekly sessions are 50 minutes

Fortnightly sessions are 75 minutes

Weekly £45 per session

Fortnightly £65 per session

Trainee counsellors (weekly sessions) £35 per session

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Winchester
Hampshire
SO23

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom
Rachel Burrows MBACP

Rachel Burrows MBACP