Rachel Gray - Cherry Tree Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP (Registered), EMDR
I specialise in trauma & abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, phobias and panic, Grief and loss, relationships, stress, self esteem and depression. I have 24 years counselling experience, and use a range of therapies to suit you. I offer long and short term therapy and work with both men and women.
I describe myself as an integrative embodied relational therapist, which encompasses my original training called the 'Relational Model', further trainings in Somatic Trauma therapy and EMDR. I also bring in EFT, a gentle energy therapy for trauma, stress and phobia, which can be 'taken home' as a self help tool. I am trained in CBT, and this can be appropriate for stress, anxiety, and also issues with food.I also bring in creative therapies which can be helpful if words are so hard to voice. More recently I have become interested in Eco-therapy and sessions can be held outdoors, where we walk, or be seated, in woodland/ or similar.
I have over 25 years experience working in Trauma and Abuse, including sexual abuse, rape, trafficking, grooming and domestic abuse. I am experienced in working with PTSD, including dissociation and attachment issues. I am trained in Somatic trauma, EMDR, EFT, creative therapies and mindfulness, to help you talk about issues, or how to concentrate on how your life is affected now; it might be that you find it difficult to 'label' your experience/s in this way and that is part of what we might work through, as well issues such as flashbacks, nightmares, and interpersonal issues.
I work with insurance companies and with a National bus company since 2004 with their employees. This work includes any life issues, but in particular, Road Traffic Incidents (which may or may not include fatality) and workplace accidents, Stress, Anger, Workplace issues and Relationship Issues.
Eating Disorders and Obesity,
I am a Master Practitioner in eating disorders and obesity (National Center for Eating Disorders). I aim to help you through the fear and with issues connected with food related problems. I aim to motivate and inspire you, support and hold you through this process of change, and work through issues which have led to the problem, and those that maintain the problem (some you may know, others may come to your attention when we work together). Issues may include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, compulsive eating, orthorexia, EDNOS. You may feel that your relationship with food is problematic and needs attention as it is connected to other issues. I also offer support for family, friends, and other carers.
Grief and loss can be a consequence of bereavement, loss of a relationship, job or important friendship, or if someone close to you is imprisoned. I am experiences in sudden and traumatic loss, and those bereaved through suicide. I worked for Cruse Bereavement Care when I first began as a therapist .
Pregnancy and Fertility
The prospect of pregnancy can be daunting and the emotions overwhelming; increasing pressure on you, your partner and your relationships. If might be you’re finding being pregnant difficult, had a traumatic birth, or experiencing anxiety or depression. Difficulties conceiving, unwanted pregnancy or unexpected loss creates considerable distress. As with other life changes, we can find ourselves with unexpected and confusing feelings, which I can help you to talk through. Sometimes, issues we thought were dealt with, can resurface.
Many experience problems with alcohol and drug issues, and other coping strategies which began has helpful ways to deal with life issues. I am experienced in issues of self harm and in working with crisis, suicidal feelings and also with issues you might feel difficult to express. It might be that you experience a sense of loneliness, or need to discover where to go next in life. I also work with young people.
Counselling can also be a positive experience helping you to rediscover you, your innate ability to heal yourself, and connect to your creativity or parts of yourself that are waiting to come back to the fore.
Training, qualifications & experience
Emotional Freedom Technique Level 1, 2 (EFT) 2012
Master Practitioner Eating Disorders, Nutritional Interventions and Obesity 2011
Somatic Trauma Therapy 2008
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Level 1,2,& 3 (EMDR) 2007
Diploma (HE) Therapeutic Counselling 1997
Certificate (HE) Counselling and Groupwork 1995
Philosophy BA (hons) 1993
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Attachment and early life issues
Borderline Personality Disorder
Dissociation and Depersonilisation disordres
Monday -Thursday 9.30-6.30
I also have a therapeutic massage practice, which has encouraged my interest in the Mind-Body connection, and this can be helpful if you are not ready to talk through issues, or have body related issues. In particular massage can be helpful for the stressful nature of eating disorders and their body connection, and sexual abuse where there are issues of touch. Massage can be clothed, or unclothed, can involve working with body boundary, and safe touch work.