Rachel Cockerell

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MBACP (Accred)
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Lewes, East Sussex, BN7
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About me

Anyone can have a time in their life when they feel overwhelmed or distressed and would like some extra support. If your feelings are confusing, painful or difficult to understand, counselling can help you to work through and explore what is happening to you.

I am an experienced person-centred and humanistic counsellor and I am here to offer a safe, supportive space, where together, we can build a trusting relationship and talk about the issues that bring you to counselling.

It may be that you are going through a life transition or event, or perhaps there is some aspect of your relationships, behaviour or experiences that you would like to have more understanding of. These are just some of the issues that might bring you counselling;

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement
  • Abuse
  • Self-esteem
  • Post-natal depression

My belief is that by exploring yourself and your life in the supportive environment of a counselling relationship you can gain insight and understanding which will enable you to heal, grow and decide what is right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP (MBACP, Accred.) and I have an FdSc in Person-Centred counselling and I am fully insured and DBS (CRB) checked. I am also a qualified supervisor.

I have a private practice where I see a wide range of clients. I am currently offering sessions face to face, online or by phone.  I have an ACTO approved certificate in online and telephone counselling.

As well as my private practice, I work as a counsellor for Survivors' Network in Brighton.
I also helped to set up and develop The Haven Project, where I provided counselling for over 4 years, for people who had experienced rape, sexual violence or sexual abuse. I've had specific training in working with trauma and this has helped me to appreciate how difficult it can be to share painful events and how important it is to have a safe, sensitive and confidential setting to work in.

My previous counselling experience includes working for the NHS for the midwife led service "Afterthoughts', counselling new and expecting parents. I also worked for the YMCA counselling students in a secondary school.
I worked for over 2 years at Summerhayes Counselling Service which offers low cost counselling to people in the Lewes and Newhaven, taking referrals from GP's and Health in Mind, which gave me the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients.  I also spent 3 years working as a specialist mental health mentor for the University of Sussex, helping students to manage their mental health whilst completing their studies.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have specific experience and training in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape, sexualised trauma and domestic abuse.

I have a special interest and experience in working with post-natal depression, anxiety and panic-attacks.

I offer working creatively should you wish to explore your feelings in this way.


£60.00 per session

Additional information

I offer a free 20 minute initial consultation by phone where you can have a chance to talk to me and we can decide together if I am the right counsellor for you to work with.

Sessions cost £60 and will last 50 minutes.

Concessions negotiable.

When I work

Monday to Friday - Daytime Appointments

Lewes, East Sussex, BN7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

Supervision is an integral part of working ethically and effectively as a counsellor. I believe in creating a supportive supervisory environment.

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Rachel Cockerell
Rachel Cockerell