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(Lighthouse Counselling Felixstowe)BA(hons), Dipcouns, MBACP

About me

Welcome to Lighthouse Counselling. My name is Rachel and I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, based in the Walton area of Felixstowe.

Coming to counselling can be a difficult, scary or embarrassing prospect, but whatever the reason for considering counselling, I can provide support and understanding in a safe and confidential space.

​I aim to provide a warm and caring environment where we can explore together any issues or difficulties you are experiencing. My approach is for my counselling to be tailor made around what will help you. I am also happy to work creatively if that is something you feel would help move you forward.

I named my counselling practice Lighthouse, because we can all get caught up in the storms of life, and a lighthouse is the perfect picture of how counselling can help guide and support you to safety, no matter how rough the waves are

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling Practice
  • Advanced Certificate in Counselling
  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • BA(hons) Roehampton University
  • I am currently studying for an MSc in Psychology

I first began counselling as part of Suffolk Youth and Connexions Service in 2009. Since then I have worked with many issues including bereavement, self-harming, depression, childhood trauma, relationship difficulties, and homelessness.

Most recently I have worked with adults and young people who are carers, and I have particular experience working with both people who work in the care industry, and those who care for family or friends at home.

I have previously worked with children and young adults with behavioural problems and adults with Learning difficulties in a non-counselling role.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

30 minute initial consultation - Free

50 Minute individual counselling session- £35

phone/video conferencing counselling - £30

I offer a free 30 minute initial appointment for us to get to know each other and for you to decide if I am the right counsellor for you.

I offer some sessions at a lower cost, if you are unable to  afford the full fee, please contact me for details.

When I work

Monday-Friday Daytime and evening

Further information

I am a fully qualified counsellor. I am a registered member of BACP and adhere to their ethical framework. I am committed to safeguarding and equality and diversity.

My current counselling room is a comfortable, modern and fully accessible  room at the back  from St Mary's Church, Walton. I am happy to counsel people of any faith or none.

St. Marys Church, High Street, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9DS

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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