Rachel Clark, Person-centred Counsellor, MBACP(Accred)
These are strange times and for many, there's never been a greater need to talk, connect, be heard. I've recently introduced online therapy whilst in these times of social distancing to reach out further: please contact me if I can be of any help.
Whatever your reason for seeking help, it’s important to find someone you can connect with: who helps you feel comfortable, safe and understood. As a counsellor, its my role to be supportive and make my clients feel listened to and valued.
How can counselling help?
I'm Rachel, a qualified counsellor and accredited 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 an accredited member of the BACP, I 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). In the last 12 months this includes:
- 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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Each session is 50 minutes long. The charge for an initial assessment is £25 and then sessions thereafter are £40. Key worker concessions are available - please email for more details.
Animal Assisted Therapy sessions are £45.
Concessions offered for
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: it's 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 really helpful.
Chester, my Golden Retriever, works alongside me where appropriate: experiencing that unconditional affection of a trained therapy animal during counselling sessions can really help clients to find calm and understanding... allowing them to share what might otherwise have seemed impossible.
I work as a counsellor in schools and colleges across south Lincolnshire including Lincoln, Grantham, Sleaford and Newark and run my own private practice from home in Welbourn, LN5.
Please call or email me if you think I might be able to help you find your voice and your way through.