Rachel Gaster - BACP registered Psychotherapist
I am a fully qualified humanistic integrative psychotherapist and have been working as a psychotherapist and counsellor in private practice since 1996.
I decided to become a psychotherapist after several years of personal psychotherapy, Through this therapy I experienced a profound change in how I related to myself and to the world. This motivated me to learn how I might give others the time and space to discover a deeper, kinder sense of themselves as well as more satisfying relationships.
How I Work:
I have integrated many approaches but would always be led by the ones that work for you. I offer a talking therapy but within that may, if appropriate, also use drawing and other creative methods, as well as guided meditation and imagery work. Sessions are for one hour.
I have worked with many people of different ages, nationalities and faiths. They have brought a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, sadness, problems with relationship, deep trauma, grief and anger. I have found that ultimately it is the security and safety of the therapist/client relationship that is key to enabling healing and growth.
Therapy can last for anything from a few weeks to several years. There is no rule about this; it depends on what is right for you. Some people like to have a limited number of sessions and then a review and some people like open ended therapy with the possibility of reviewing when needed.
The First Session:
Our first meeting is where we have the chance to see how we feel with each other and to check whether I am the right practitioner for you. If not, I will try to suggest someone more suitable.
During the first session we can take the time for you to tell me what has brought you to look for help. I will ask questions to try and get as full a picture as possible. You may also have questions you want to ask me.
We would then look at practicalities such as when and how often you would have sessions. If we decide to go forward we would look at my usual therapy contract and decide together if anything needs amending.
Occasionally it can take more than one session for us both to reach a decision. This is something we can discuss in our first meeting if it seems relevant.
The initial session is charged at my usual rate of £48.
In more normal times I have practice rooms in Aberystwyth and Llanidloes which are safe, private and easily accessible for all.
At present I am only working through Zoom or Skype or on the phone for Aberystwyth clients.
For Llanidloes clients face to face sessions are possible.
I hope to offer face to face sessions to all my clients soon.
Training, qualifications & experience
1992-1996 Amsterdam Institute of Psychosynthesis (now the Dutch Institute for Psychosynthesis)
Psychosynthesis is a transpersonal approach that sees people as a whole; body, mind, feelings and spirit. The aim is to encourage living, sustaining connections between these aspects of oneself as well as between oneself and others and oneself and the world. This is my core philosophy and stance as a therapist.
2005-2010 Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling
This training gave me a solid working knowledge of many psychotherapeutic approaches especially those concerned with how our life experiences form us and determine how we relate to ourselves and others.
Through this I have gained a ‘tool box' of different methods that I can use to help people along the path to resolving their difficulties.
Since 1991 I have followed a wide variety of self-development and professional development trainings (including Gestalt, Jungian and Existential approaches and many trainings on working with trauma) and I continue to do this as an important way of enriching my work.
This year I hope to start training in Narrative Exposure Therapy (trauma work) and will also start training as a supervisor for other practitioners.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I adhere to the BACP ethical code. I have regular supervision to ensure that my work remains relevant and ethical.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£48 for one hour. Some concessionary rates available for people on low incomes.
Concessions offered for
At present I am available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I am as flexible as I can be in trying to find times that will work for people and will consider other days if necessary.