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BA Hons, MBACP, Understanding Therapeutic Practice Outdoors

About me

Hello, my name is Rachel.

I can help you:

  • Feel less sad.
  • Ease tensions, stress and anxiety.
  • Share your burdens.
  • Understand why you feel the way you do.
  • Discover solutions that enable you to make positive changes.
  • Find ways to reset and self care.
  • Improve your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Feel accepted and listened to.

I am a trained Outdoor Therapist based in Saltash at Churchtown Farm Nature Reserve and on the Rame Peninsular at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. Being in the open air can feel more freeing than sitting indoors. Moving the body enables us to release tensions, it can also stimulate new thoughts that encourage change.

I work with adults (male, female and non-binary) of all ages, struggling with mental health issues such as loss, anxiety, depression, family issues, low self-esteem, relationships, social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, low self-confidence, stress, burn out and trauma.

All of us at some point feel overwhelmed or that we cannot cope. These feelings can often impact upon other areas of our lives such as our relationships, our personal life, or how we function day to day.

I can help you explore, reflect and understand these feelings and difficulties. Then I can help you develop your own resources and solutions to cope with them.

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

If you live further away, I also offer telephone counselling. When speaking on the phone it is important you are in a space that feels comfortable and private. Some clients find a quiet space outside to talk.

If you would like to find out more or book a free 30minute chat on the phone do get in touch via email or phone.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and Training:

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Taking Therapy Outside: understanding therapeutic practice in outdoor natural spaces

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

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

Experience:

Alongside my outdoor work I am a 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

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

From £50.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

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.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I have a few spaces for 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, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 4AS

Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park, Mount Edgcumbe, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1HZ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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