Hi there, my name is Rachel, welcome to my counselling profile page.
At the present time I am afraid I have no availabile space. I will be taking on new clients from March 2022.
I offer face to face therapy to adults from 18 to 108 years of age. Since the Covid 19 lock down in 2020, I have and will continue to offer therapy remotely to those who are uncomfortable or unable, for whatever reason, to enter my counselling practice in person.
I believe the key to successful counselling is the relationship between therapist and client, therefore I offer an initial, free 30 minute session to all individuals and I see this as an opportunity for you and myself to decide if we will work together.
Where anxiety and stress induced difficulties are elevated, I can offer tools such as EFT (emotional freedom technique - accupoint tapping) and CBT as well as a mindful practice to help bring your energy system into balance and calm.
I work from a humanistic perspective where emphasis is placed on the uniqueness and respect of the individual, where therapist and client can work together, exploring present difficulties or past issues. Counselling requires the client to engage and be active in the process as it is the client who is the expert on themselves, not the therapist. The journey can often seem challenging but as your therapist, I am with you every step of the way.
I will offer you the space to creatively explore your own potential and develop a deeper understanding of who you are, while encouraging growth and self awareness in a supportive environment. Whatever difficulties presented, I believe that either time limited or long term counselling can be an opportunity to get to know oneself better and explore the potential for positive change without judgement on the way.
Initial 30 minute session is free.
£45 per session - sliding scale available.
£250 for a block of 6.
I am an accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and a member of the BACP (British association for counselling and psychotherapy) working from my home practice based in Southbourne.
I have twenty years of experience working with the elderly, coupled with over twelve years experience of working creatively with children and young adults in an educational setting. With this wide ranging background, I feel I can bring a creative, caring and down to earth approach to my work with adults of all ages.
Training, qualifications & experience
Continued professional development since 2012
- Diploma in Practicing Energy Psychotherapy
- Emotional Freedom Technique level 1
- Externship in emotionally focussed couples therapy
- Mindful self-compassion 25hrs
- Certificate in couples' counselling 56hrs
- CBT training 50hrs
- Trauma and dissociation 20hrs
- Transactional analysis certificate TA101
- The nature of trauma and dissociation 20hrs
- Bereavement, specifically in relation to children 90hrs
- Disordered eating and bariatric training 60hrs
Training and qualifications
- Humanistic counselling degree
- Diploma in humanistic counselling
- NCFE level 1, 2 & 3 in counselling skills and theory.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have previous work experience as a psychological therapist for Horsham NHS IAPT service called Time to Talk, working mainly with people struggling with depression and anxiety.
I have spent the eight years bwteen 2012 -2020 working at St Richards Hospital as a psychological psychotherapist and assessor, assessing a patient's psychological suitability for bariatric surgery and working through their fears and expectations.
I specialise in obesity and disordered eating issues.
I have extensive training in cognitive behavioural therapy and this training informs a great deal of my work.
I trained and volunteered as a couples therapist with the national marriage care service from 2015-2017, based in Portsmouth. The approach used is emotionally focussed therapy and I now offer couples counselling from my home based practice.
I have undertaken 90 hrs training in child bereavement.
I am an accredited member of the British association for counselling and psychotherapy and adhere to their ethical framework. I undergo regular clinical supervision with a qualified and experienced supervisor and I am fully insured in line with BACP guidelines for best practice. I also have a full CRB check and am experienced in working with vulnerable groups of people.
From £35.00 to £45.00
Free initial in-person or online session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
My home practice location is in Southbourne (Hampshire)
The initial 30 minute consultation is free. Sliding scale available.
Appointments are charged at £45 per individual.
I offer an upfront price of £250 for a block of 6 sessions.
I also offer a limited number of reduced cost appointments for counselling students and a sliding scale for anyone who need it. If this is something you are financially in need of then please bring it to my attention at assessment and we can discuss it from there.
I currently have no available appointments until March 2022
In line with Covid-19 government guidelines, the below information is what you can expect to be in place when visiting for face to face sessions.
Practise social distancing by keeping chairs two metres apart and avoiding hand-shaking or other physical contact.
On entrance to the house I will attempt to have the front door open one minute before the time of your appointment and be standing back in my lounge as you enter and go up the stairs to your seat. At the end of our session I will ask that you wait behind while I open the front door and stand back while you exit.
Anti-bacterial wash will be available on the table for clients to use before and after sessions if they wish.
The client chair will be covered for your protection and the cover washed in-between each person.
I will wash my hands thoroughly before and after each client.
I will use my judgement and ask that you use yours if you have any doubts about your own health and therefore take the appropriate steps. This may include self-isolation and notifying other individuals who you may have been in contact with.
I still require 48 hours' notice where possible regarding cancellation of appointments (or half the agreed fee is payable); however, in the current situation it is understandable that cancellations are likely to increase and I will take this on board in each individual case