Rachel Gaster

Llanidloes SY18 & Aberystwyth SY23
01686-412233 01686-412233

About me

The Covid 19 virus is impacting on us all. Many people are experiencing increased anxiety and other difficulties in adjusting to this new situation. This can make existing problems even harder to cope with.

Normally I work in face to face therapy sessions but as that is not possible at present I am offering sessions through video and telephone calls instead.

Sessions are for one hour during which time I would work together with you to help you understand the difficulties you are experiencing and what lies behind them, and to help you find a way through. Sessions usually take place weekly. How many sessions depends on what you yourself feel you need. I have experience in providing both long and short term therapy.

It can be hard to take the first step and make contact but If you feel that some therapy might help you I would encourage you to phone or email so that we can arrange an initial session. This won't commit you to anything further and would just be to see if I might be the right person for you.

I have been practising for over 25 years both in the UK and in the Netherlands, where I lived for 20 years. I have worked with people from many different backgrounds and nationalities and with a wide range of issues from severe trauma to just a sense of having lost one's way in life. I have a love of stories and nature is also important to me as I appreciate both its beauty and its potential for healing experiences.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified as a Psychosynthesis psychotherapist from the Amsterdam Institute of Psychosynthesis (now the Dutch Institute for Psychosynthesis) in 1996 after 4 years of training. On my return to the UK I did another 5 years formal psychotherapy training at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling in order to broaden and deepen what I can offer as a therapist.

Since 1991 I have followed a wide variety of self-development and professional development trainings and I continue to do this as an important way of enriching my work.

I have always worked in private practice except for a 2 year period in which I also worked as a counsellor for an organisation that provided counselling to women and men who had suffered sexual abuse.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I adhere to the BACP ethical code

Member organisations


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
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosynthesis


£48 for one hour. Some concessionary rates available for people on low incomes.

Sir Ceredigion


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Dutch


At present I am available by phone or through Skype/Zoom on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I am as flexible as I can be in trying to find times that will work for people.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Rachel Gaster

Rachel Gaster