Rachel Clark, Therapeutic Counsellor, Dip. Counselling, MBACP
Whatever your reason for seeking help, it’s important to find someone you can connect with: who helps you feel comfortable, safe and understood. Sometimes that connection comes through animals. Meet Chester, my Golden Retriever and therapy dog...
How can counselling help?
I'm Rachel, a qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), working with children, young people and adults across Lincolnshire. As a person-centred counsellor, my approach is open; my aim is to provide a relaxed, welcoming and safe space to talk and explore your thoughts and feelings.
I want you to feel supported and valued and accepted without judgement: but most importantly I want you to feel that your voice is truly heard. Of course, sometimes its hard to find that voice, especially with someone you've never met before.
What can I expect from counselling?
These sessions are yours: it might be that you are at ease talking... so we'll talk. Or you may prefer to express thoughts and feelings through drawing or through play... in which case we'll grab the pens, paper or the Jenga game and we'll explore your feelings that way.
Or it might be that you feel a greater connection to animals than people. This is where Animal Assisted Therapy can add such value. Where appropriate, I work alongside Chester, my therapy dog, to enable you to get the best from your sessions and encourage you to find the freedom to let go of your worries.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include:
- Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) Certificate of Proficiency
- Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling
- Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills
- Level 3 Award in Child Counselling
As a member of the BACP I am required to follow their Ethical Framework which ensures that I offer you a professional, safe and consistent service.
To aid my own personal development and have a greater understanding of my clients needs and experiences, I undertake regular training (CPD) including:
- Working with Children & Young People CPD Diploma
- Safeguarding Children - Level 2
- Gendered Intelligence: Introduction to Trans Awareness
I am experienced in working with a number of issues which include anxiety, self-harm, anger management, low self esteem and depression. I specialise in working with children and young people and enlist the help of my therapy dog, Chester, when applicable.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Each session is an hour long. The charge for an initial assessment is £25.
Ongoing sessions are £40 or £45 for an Animal Assisted Therapy session.
How can counselling help me?
As a person-centred relational counsellor, I see the therapist and client as equals and believe that it is the warm and trusting relationship we develop that helps bring about positive change. Its not about me telling you what to do or trying to 'fix' you.
With some clients, building a relationship in which they feel able to open up, reveal and share their vulnerabilities is by far the hardest part. This is where I find Animal Assisted Therapy can be hugely helpful.
Chester, my Golden Retriever, works alongside me where appropriate: experiencing the unconditional love, comfort & support of a trained therapy animal during counselling sessions can help clients to find calm and understanding... allowing them to share what might otherwise have seemed impossible.
I work in schools and colleges across south Lincolnshire as a counsellor and run my own private practice from home.
Please call or email me if you think I might be able to help you find your voice and your way through.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Level access to the counselling room and plenty of parking space
I am available Monday to Friday from 9:30 until 3pm and week day evenings from 6pm until 8pm.
Types of client