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About me

Hello, my name is Rachel and I specialise in anxiety, depression, loss and change. Life can take us down unexpected pathways, it’s easy to lose direction, feel out of control and lost.

It’s okay not to feel okay. This is your space and all your emotions are welcome. You set the pace, we can walk, meander or sit. I am discrete and will listen with acceptance and understanding. Together we can unravel worries and gain clarity. We can explore, notice and identify the hurdles that are holding you back and discover what you need to thrive.

Being outdoors, in nature, connects and restores us. Talking in beautiful places, noticing and reconnecting with the outside world can generate a renewed sense of well being and happiness.

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

If you would like to know more or book a free consultation do contact me or visit my website: theoutdoortherapist.com

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

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, 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 MBACP - The Outdoor Therapist

Rachel Hamilton MBACP - The Outdoor Therapist