Rachel Farhi MBACP(Reg) - Person Centred Counsellor
Hello, and thank you for looking at my profile.
I wonder what has brought you here today? Maybe you've thought about counselling for some time but not had the nudge you've needed to take the next step and actually seek out a counsellor. It's quite a big step, choosing to come to therapy, isn't it? So, let me congratulate you on coming this far. In these difficult times, reaching out can be so hard but is now, perhaps, more necessary than ever.
If you feel that you are ready to explore your inner world, then you will want a therapeutic partner to journey with you. Friends and family can be great but sometimes the best person for you is someone chosen by you, who is experienced and trained in mental wellbeing.
So let me make you my offer.
I am here to listen to you, without judgment. Working together, we will create a safe and supportive space where you can feel comfortable in speaking your thoughts. A space without agenda or expectation, where every aspect of who you are will be respected and accepted without conditions or strings attached.
I don't give advice, or problem solve for you and I don't claim to have all the answers. I am not the expert on you. You are the expert on you. But I will try my best to follow you and to understand how you see things and why you see them in the way you do. Sometimes I may gently challenge you, or encourage you to take a risk that may help change the status quo, but you will always be in control of what we do, and where we travel to in your therapeutic journey.
Clients have described me as warm, empathic and encouraging. For the moment, we will work online and when it is safe to do so, I will be able to welcome you to in-person sessions, if you prefer. I hope to provide you with an experience that will leave you feeling empowered and ready to continue on your journey.
There is a saying in my spiritual tradition - "Come as far as you can and I will meet you there." If you feel you are ready to take that first step with me, please get in touch. I'm looking forward to meeting you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a qualified Person-Centred counsellor, trained in London with The Mary Ward Centre and City Lit, Covent Garden, with a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
I'm highly experienced in working with depression, anxiety, anger management issues as well as bereavement and domestic abuse.
My work is mainly in private practice but I also volunteer with a community counselling project, so I have a lot of practical experience with real people living, working and making real-life decisions in London.
I work in a culturally sensitive way with people from diverse backgrounds and have particular experience of working with clients from Muslim and Jewish faiths.
I am keen to support Black and Minority Ethnic clients (BAME) access counselling and work in conjunction with a Black male supervisor to inform my practice better.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial telephone session
- £80 for 50 minute session.
Counselling does require commitment and I feel it is best to be transparent from the get-go about this. In my volunteer counselling role, we insist on a commitment of 12 weeks as a minimum with a review at week 4, so if for any reason you are unhappy with the service you do have a chance to discuss this, and if things can't be resolved then of course I will not hold you to the full 12 sessions.
In my private practice, I work on a similar basis, with the difference being that our first session includes an assessment of your situation which takes about 20 minutes, with the rest of the time being counselling.
If after the initial session you feel that you do not want to carry on with me, there is no obligation to do so. Likewise, issues might emerge in that first session which may be beyond my expertise or field of training - if so, I'd explain this to you and offer my best to refer you onto a more specialist service.
Concessions offered for
Monday to Thursday evenings from 4pm - 9pm.
Daytime sessions are currently available on Wednesdays and Thursdays only.
I will be working in-person from mid-May 2021 with full Covid precautions in place. Online sessions will also be available if you prefer.