Rachel Clyburn

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Counsellor & Art Therapist (MA, HCPC Registered, BAAT)
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Bath, Somerset, BA2
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

People seek therapy for various reasons. Wanting to gain deeper insights into yourself and your relationships. You may be experiencing major changes or losses in your life. You may be looking for ways to express your emotions and shake off anxiety. Whatever your goals might be, therapy can provide the support and guidance you need to navigate life's challenges.

Who am I?

I have a specialism in grief and bereavement, gained over the last 5 years of my therapy career while working with clients who have been impacted by cancer, life-threatening illness or bereavement. I have been working as an Art Therapist & Counsellor for 10 years and have extensive experience meeting with clients from various walks of life, all looking to understand their feelings better and come to a place of healing through the use of therapy.

Loss and bereavement are not exclusive to just death, it is something many people seeking therapy face in various ways. At many points in our lives we will all encounter loss, often feeling unsure of how to continue. This could be due to divorce, geographical moves, job changes, death of a loved one… the list goes on. What is universal, is that many changes in our lives leave us feeling a sense of grief. Many challenging emotions which we feel in our lives can be linked back to grief. Confusion, numbness, anger, dread, depression, self-isolation, anxiety, low self-esteem.  I offer my clients the opportunity to explore these uncomfortable and often very painful experiences in therapy. 

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy which uses imagery as well as talking to explore your feelings together. The emphasis is not on the artistic skill or technique but rather on the process of creation and self-expression. No previous art experience is needed. We often have experiences which are hard or even impossible to put into words.  Utilising creativity in therapy can open up new ways of thinking about challanges and help you access your feelings in a more tangibleway. Art making is used in sessions to help explore your thoughts and feelings through both words and images. Combining these two elements helps us to access painful or challenging emotions in a safe way.  Making anything in sessions is always an invitation and not an expectation. Sometimes clients like to only speak and not make anything in session, which is completely fine.


"Rachel was amazing, and I'm very grateful to her for helping me work through some of my issues and equipping me to deal with things better on my own from now on."

"Professional & compassionate. During the worst, most terrifying time in my life, Rachel helped me to feel braver and like life would keep going and that I would be ok."

"Rachel helped me get my thoughts and feelings in order. To address difficult issues that I find hard to talk about. To get rid of my anxiety and feel positive about the present and future."

"Brilliant, very friendly, very understanding, very supportive and non-judgemental."

What can I expect in the session?

Each session can look slightly different depending on your age and needs. You might like to make art and talk (sometimes at the same time), or you might like to work in silence. Or you might not want to make anything at all. Sometimes I make art with clients and at other times I will just observe. No special materials are required to utilise Art Therapy from home - a biro and the back of an old envelope is enough to get us started.

We will also talk about what is coming up for you during the session, exploring the feelings and themes in the artwork. Therapy is a creative and highly personal process which looks unique to everyone.


Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified as an Art Psychotherapist with an MA from the University of Hertfordshire in 2016. Since then I have worked in a variety of mental health services and community settings. I have experience working in the NHS both with adults and in CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services). I have worked for charities, schools and in family services. 

I am HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered and a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists. 

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£50.00 - £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Bath, Somerset, BA2

Type of session


Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Rachel Clyburn
Rachel Clyburn