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Rachel Hamilton BA Hons, MBACP, Understanding Therapeutic Practice Outdoors.

About me

Hello, my name is Rachel. I have always found comfort in nature and I am passionate about the benefits of walking and talking outdoors.

Get in touch if you would like to:

Ease tensions, stress and anxiety.

Recognise who you are and what makes you feel fulfilled.

Set time aside for yourself.

Improve your physical health.

Feel more connected to the wider world.

Find a space where you can share your burdens and feel understood.

Find tools that enable you to reset and self care.

Improve your confidence and self esteem.

Feel accepted and listened to.

Moving the body enables is to release tensions, and stimulates new thoughts and ideas that can encourage change. It can liberate us from feeling stick in life. Being in the open air can feel more freeing than sitting indoors.

You do not have to be fit, we can walk, stroll or find a quiet space to sit.

I work with adults, both men and women of all ages and students struggling with mental health issues such as loss, anxiety, depression, relationships, stress, burn out and trauma.

If you prefer I also offer zoom and telephone Counselling. When speaking on-line or on the phone it is important you are in a space that feels comfortable and private. Some clients like to walk whilst we talk.

Do get in touch to have a free 30minute chat on the phone or visit my website: theoutdoortherapist.com for more information.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and Training:

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

BA Hons Degree in Art in the Community Context and Environmental Studies

Taking Therapy Outside: understanding therapeutic practice in outdoor natural spaces

ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

MHFA - Mental Health First Aid

ABC - About Bereavement Care - Cruse

Online and Telephone Counselling Course - Counselling Tutor

STA - Open Water Swimming Coach

Emergency First Aid - Red Cross


Alongside my Outdoor work I am counsellor to students at Plymouth College of Art. Here I work with students of all ages who are mainly struggling with anxiety, depression, low mood, relationship difficulties, self harm, life crisis, gender, trauma, motivation, body image and low self esteem.

For 2 years I volunteered as a Bereavement Counsellor for the National Bereavement Charity Cruse. Here I worked with anyone struggling with loss.

Previously I was an Associate Counsellor at Plymouth University and a Placement Counsellor at Plymouth College of Art for both HE and FE students.

I have also led voluntary 'drop in' art workshops at Hamoaze House, a day support rehabilitation facility for people in the community affected by problematic use of drugs and/or alcohol.

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
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Additional information

I offer a free initial phone/online session (30mins approximately). This gives us both time to explore your needs and how therapy can help you. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have.

Outdoor Therapy Session - 1hr
Each session is £55.                                                                                                   Block book 4 or more sessions in advance, £50 per session.

On-line / phone therapy session - 1hr
Each session is £55.                                                                                                   Block book 4 or more sessions in advance, £50 per session.


I am taking on new clients at the moment. Please contact me to discuss availability.

Further information

The natural spaces we can talk in :

Mount Edgcumbe, SE Cornwall: Perched on Rame Head; overlooking the sea and Plymouth. With over 800 acres of woodland, coastal paths and landscaped gardens. Wheelchair access.

Church Town Farm, Saltash: 60 acres of woods and fields with expansive views across the Lynher Estuary.

Churchtown Farm
Wearde Road
PL12 4AS

Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park
Mount Edgcumbe
PL10 1HZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.


Rachel Hamilton BA Hons, MBACP, Understanding Therapeutic Practice Outdoors.

Rachel Hamilton BA Hons, MBACP, Understanding Therapeutic Practice Outdoors.