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Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 3rd August 2021

About me


One to one counselling and psychotherapy in Peebles.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP.

I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist and can work on a short or long term basis to help clients explore, discover and work through underlying feelings and issues that may appear in the form of anxiety, depression, relationship problems, disordered eating or physical symptoms.

I work in-depth in a way that makes links with unconscious feelings and patterns to understand current distress. I see everyone as an individual and therefore take an integrated - or non rigid - way of thinking and working, to find the most helpful approach for you.

I have a special interest in medically unexplained symptoms, particularly clients with gastrointestinal and bowel conditions, such as IBS, IBD, and stomas after having spent a number of years working in a highly specialised NHS service in London.

I have qualified in Collaborative Practice, this means I work alongside lawyers to help you process the anxieties, fears and other painful feelings that emerge during divorce and separation.

I work in private practice and consult for NHS Scotland. Previously I worked in London in the NHS and in private practice for a number of years.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Tavistock Centre, London.
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling: CPPD, London.
Certificates in CBT & Person Centred.

Qualified in Collaborative Practice - Consensus - working alongside lawyers to help you with the emotional difficulties of divorce and separation.

Several years of experience in the NHS both in primary and secondary mental health counselling and psychotherapy services.

Specialist experience in gastrointestinal counselling at a London hospital (St Mark's) for gut and bowel conditions.

Member of a Cross Party Group at the Scottish Parliament about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Training and lecturing for doctors and nurses.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Medically Unexplained Symptoms
IBS, IBD and other Gastrointestinal and Bowel conditions
Collaborative Practice - Consensus

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Additional information

Please contact me for details.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

daytime and evening appointments available

The Chambers Institution
25 High Street
Scottish Borders
EH45 8AG

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.

Limited accessibility. Please contact me for me details.

Rachel Hayward MBACP Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Rachel Hayward MBACP Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor