Rachel Hodges

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(Registered member BACP) Counsellor & Clinical Supervisor
Available for new clients
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Southport, PR8 2JE
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I offer a confidential place where you can be free to bring what matters to you. With over twenty years experience working with adults and young people also supporting other counsellors as a Clinical Supervisor.  During this time I've been fortunate to work in many fields gaining a depth of knowledge along the way, including the voluntary sector, within educational settings and privately at my clinic.  

I'll work with you to explore your personal reasons for wanting support within the different aspects of your life,  my approach is tailored to your individual needs - not a formula.

Sometimes saying how you feel can be difficult with family and friends. You may feel the subject matter is just too sensitive. You may fear that others will judge you or be shocked by your thoughts and feelings.

People come to counselling for all kinds of reasons: they may have problems related to home, work, education, relationships, childhood issues or just life in general.  Here are some examples of issues which may be helped by counselling:

  • Depression, stress or anxiety about past, present or future
  • Bereavement or loss
  • Difficulties in relationships
  • Self-harm/ addictions / eating disorders
  • Trauma and traumatic experiences

Counselling provides you with an opportunity to talk about your concerns, worries or issues in a confidential, safe and relaxing environment. This would be your time to express how you really feel. I will help you explore your situation and give you the time and space to find your own way through. The aim of counselling is to help you understand yourself better and use this understanding to gain control of your life, so you can decide what is right for you.

My counselling approach is integrative which means I use a combination of techniques tailored to your specific need, although I have a grounding is person centered theory. I incorporate ideas and strategies from other sources into my practice and over the years have gained a wide range of experience by working in private practice, the voluntary sector and within educational settings.

Working with Children and Young People (age 9 +) 

I am qualified and have extensive experience of working with children and young people in private practice; I also work directly in primary and secondary schools across the area providing counselling for children/young people, this is also extended to family therapy.
Many professionals want to work with children and young people, but lack the skills and qualifications needed to achieve an effective working relationship. There is a big difference between counselling children and counselling adults, and to work with children and young people professionals need to acquire the skills to enable them to communicate and work effectively within this field.

Sometimes children and young people (and their families) may need extra support if they are finding it difficult to deal with or understand their emotions and/or behaviour. Counselling children and young people involves helping the child to develop a positive attitude to life, recognise their strengths and express themselves.

Whilst counselling children and young people, different methods will be used to encourage them to express their difficulties, such as play and art. For example, reading stories and talking about feelings of a character in that story may help the child to discuss their own feelings, or drawing/painting/drama may help children to express themselves. These methods provide great insight into the unconscious mind of the child, the aim of counselling for both children and adults is ultimately the same; to help the individual cope better with their emotions and feelings.

Child /young peoples issues may include:

  • family and step-family relationships
  • post covid issues
  • bullying
  • bereavement/loss
  • emotional problems
  • behavioural problems
  • Self harm/suicide ideation
  • Confidence / self esteem issues
  • Isolation 
  • Future related anxiety eg exams, high school, college (linked to coronavirus)

I look forward to working with you.

Best Wishes
Rachel Hodges

Training, qualifications & experience

Training, Qualifications & Experience


I continue my personal development and training on a regular basis to ensure that my skills and knowledge are continually up to date enabling me to be committed to providing the best quality service I can.

  • Degree in Humanistic Counselling
  • Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
  • Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
  • Diploma in Clinical Supervision
  • Diploma in Relationship Counselling (including Sex Therapy)
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Diploma in NLP
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Diploma in CBT

I have also completed the following training:

  • Mindfulness for use with Clients
  • The Essential Toolkit for Running Groups
  • Managing Self-Harm and Suicide
  • New Approaches to Grief and Loss Work
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Working with Suicidal Clients
  • Working with issues related to Attachment
  • Drug / Alcohol Dependency
  • IEMT (Integrated Eye Movement Therapy)

Organisational Experience:

  • Alcohol Agency working with Adults
  • Voluntary work with people suffering from depression/ anxiety
  • I worked in the voluntary sector for over 12 years
  • I have worked for a large Children’s Charity as a child/young person’s counsellor
  • I have worked with Foster Carers to offer support and advice on children’s behaviour
  • I work in schools with children ranging from 5 – 17
  • I continue to work private practice with both children and adults, the majority of my client base (adults and children) comes from recommendations
  • I deliver training on understanding behaviours and strategies to cope and support to Foster Carers of an Independent Fostering Organisation

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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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£55.00 per session

Additional information

Individual clients - £55.00  per session (1 hour)

Couple counselling - £70.00 per session (1 hour) 

Clinical Supervision - £60.00 per 1 hour session 

Hypnotherapy including Hypno-Slimming – prices available on request

When I work

Appointments will be dependant on availability

Further information

I am a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework I am working towards full BACP accreditation. I am fully insured and have a Data Barring Check.

I am also a qualified Clinical Supervisor.

My therapy rooms for counselling are based in Birkdale. 

Grosvenor Road, Birkdale, Southport, PR8 2JE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In person

I am a qualified clinical Supervisor, the supervision I am able to offer would be suitable for counsellors working with adults and young people.

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Rachel Hodges
Rachel Hodges