Rachel Gaster

Rachel Gaster

Sir Ceredigion



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About me

Sometimes life can feel confusing and painful. It can be hard to understand why we are experiencing difficulties or what to do about them. It can help to talk in complete confidence with someone who will really listen, who wants to understand and who is trained to help you to find a way through and to discover your own answers to the difficulties you are facing.

During therapy I would work together with you to help you understand your problems and what lies behind them. Gaining a deeper insight into the issues that are bothering you can enable you to (re)discover meaning and purpose in your life and to gain more satisfaction and joy in living. The aim is for you to find a greater sense of well-being and a better quality of relationship with those around you.

I offer face to face sessions of one hour which 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 for a wide range of problems, from severe trauma to just a sense of having lost one's way in life.

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 a meeting. This won't commit you to anything further and would just be to see if I might be the right person for you.

I lived for 20 years in the Netherlands and have worked with people from many different backgrounds and nationalities. 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

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Accredited register membership


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

Further information

I work in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion and in Llanidloes, Powys.

Maps & Directions

Aberystwyth, SY23
Llanidloes, SY18

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Dutch


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


I am available during the day and have 3 to 4 early evening slots each week. I am willing to be as flexible as I can in trying to find times that will work for people.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme