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About me

How are you feeling...?

You may be reading this because you feel unhappy with certain aspects of your life, or you may be struggling to come to terms with traumatic past experiences.  You may want to talk about this, or work out how to change things, but counselling might seem daunting if you've never tried it before. I put the therapeutic relationship at the heart of my work with clients, offering them warmth and empathy without judgement.

Who am I...?

As a person-centred therapist it is my mission to help you through your issues so that you can move on with your life.   It's my hope that by working with me you will be able to heal from past experiences, reflect on your current circumstances and be more confident in yourself; gaining courage to deal with life's challenges and forming happier relationships.

How I work....

I believe you have a unique tendency to strive in the way that’s best for you. As such, I believe that most answers to your problems lie within yourself and it's my job to help you find them.  Sometimes events in life can stop you from thriving in the best way for yourself. Sometimes other people - no matter how well meaning they are - may also feel a barrier to your recovery.  But by carefully listening and supporting you, I can help you consider your experiences and ideas. In this way, I believe you can find your own path - and your own voice - so that you can go on to make better choices for yourself and live a happier, more fulfilled life.

As part of your therapeutic experience I also offer guidance on how to manage stress, anxiety and panic attacks.  I can also offer ideas on how you might increase your self-care.

I have considerable experience in dealing with bereavement issues as well as general anxiety, self-esteem, family dynamics and workplace conflict. As a registered member of the BACP I work within their ethical framework to deliver counselling that is safe, ethical, professional and accountable.  I have full insurance in place, a clear, up-to-date DBS and for data protection purposes, I am registered with the Information Commissioner's' Office.

What about the Pandemic...?

In response to the pandemic I’ve recently undertaken additional training to support clients during and beyond Covid-19.  In these difficult times I understand the need for therapy is more crucial than ever. However, I am also committed to your safety and as such have decided to continue offering therapy online and by telephone for the time being.

How does online and telephone counselling work...?

In essence I will be offering you the same counselling experience as if we were meeting face to face. There are some differences and a few extra things to consider and we can discuss these during your first session.

For online counselling I use a system called 'Zoom'.  This is a safe platform because it offers end-to-end encryption (to prevent unauthorised access) and is free for you to use. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom I will be happy to talk you through it. I also have a help-sheet which I can send to you before our first session to help you get the most from your online therapy.

As we will be working together online or over the phone, you don’t need to live in the Nottingham area during this time. Although you may only need counselling during the pandemic, if we begin working together in the longer-term I would be happy to continue working with you online or over the phone, until your counselling comes to a natural conclusion. If however, you do live locally to Nottingham, we can transfer to face-to-face meeting once it is safe to do so.

What happens during the first session...?

The first session is an opportunity for you to discuss your requirements with me and as such I will carry out an assessment to check I'm the right person to help you.  It is, however, also a chance for you to check I'm the right person for you, so I also encourage you to ask as many questions as you like.  I believe the counselling relationship is a two-way conversation and I want to ensure you are as happy whilst working with me.  In this session I will also talk to you about my working agreement and privacy policy.

How many sessions will I need...?

I offer short or longer term therapy, depending on your needs. It is ultimately up to you how many sessions you would like to have and this is something we can discuss at your first meeting (as well as the frequency of your sessions). I also recommend regular ‘reviews’ so that we can talk about how counselling is going for you and discuss progress and any concerns you might have. Although you are free to end counselling at any point without obligation, I would recommend we work together towards an ending where possible, to tie-up any ‘loose ends’.

Further questions?

I understand that choosing to have therapy can be a big decision; therefore please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further information.  I always endeavour to reply to messages within 24 working hours.  I can also offer you a free 30 minute telephone consultation, where we can discuss your requirements without obligation.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Professional Memberships

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registered Member)
  • The Person-Centred Association (formerly known as BAPCA)

Publications

  • Bereavement and the Person Centred Approach
  • Literature Review - ‘Living with the Dominator’
  • The River of Life

Recent Courses and Workshops

  • Attachment Theory and Grief Models
  • Grief, Loss & Coronavirus
  • Integrating Artwork into Counselling
  • Initial Assessment
  • Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Person-Centred Clinical Assessment
  • Self-Care
  • Trauma
  • The Unprepared Client
  • Therapeutic Endings
  • Understanding Dreams
  • Using Creative Resources
  • Working with Distress

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Free telephone consultation (30 minutes)

£20 initial session (1 hour)

£40 session (1 hour)

Concessionary rates are available for some slots, please enquire for further details.

Online and telephone clients are invited to pay before each session via BACS.

Availability

Mondays 9am to 5pm

Tuesdays 8am to 6pm

Wednesdays 2pm to 6pm

Thursdays 8am to 6pm

Fridays 9am to 5pm (£5 surcharge)

Saturdays 4pm to 6pm

Sundays Closed

Further information

What happens during the first session...?

The first session is an opportunity for you to discuss your requirements with me and for you to check that I'm the right person to help you.   As such I will carry out a short assessment, to check I'm the right person to help you. I encourage you to ask as many questions as you like; I believe the counselling relationship is a two-way conversation and I want to ensure you are as happy and comfortable as possible whilst you are working with me. The initial session will also give you opportunity to ask any questions you may have about our contract together.

How many sessions will I need...?

I can offer you a full hour each week.   I offer short or longer term counselling, depending on your needs. It is ultimately up to you how many sessions you would like to have and this is something we can discuss at your first meeting (as well as the frequency of your sessions). I also recommend regular ‘reviews’ so that we can talk about how counselling is going for you and discuss progress and any setbacks. Although you are free to end counselling at any point without obligation, I would recommend we work together towards an ending where possible, to tie-up any ‘loose ends’.

What if I have further questions...?

Please do not hesitate to contact me via email, phone or through my website contact form if you have any further questions. I endeavour to reply to all messages within 24 working hours.

Nottingham
NOTTS
NG9

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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Rachel Dyer - BA (hons), Dip. C, MBACP

Rachel Dyer - BA (hons), Dip. C, MBACP