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Rachel Hogben - Accredited Humanistic Counsellor / Psychotherapist MBACP

Emsworth, Hants, PO10
07766 020434 07766 020434 Registered / Accredited
Emsworth, Hants, PO10

About me

Hi there, my name is Rachel, welcome to my counselling profile page.

I am sorry to anyone currently attempting to make contact regarding counselling sessions. I am currently full and will not be able to take on new clients until September 2020

I can offer tools to help you get through anxiety and stress induced difficulties 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 believe the key to successful counselling is the relationship between therapist and client, therefore I offer an initial, free 30 minute session to individuals and I see this as an opportunity for you and myself to decide if we will work together.

I offer therapy to adults in distress, from 18 to 108 years of age.

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.

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

  • 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

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 last eight years 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.

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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 and £55 per couple

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.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

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. I will also keep the bathroom door open so that you may wash your hands if you prefer. Fresh towels will be provided in-between each client.

  • 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 disinfect door handles, hand-rests of chairs, writing implements, creative objects, water receptacles etc in-between clients.

  • I will make sure tissues are available to clients so they can practice the mantra “catch it, bin it, kill it” and keep the box disinfected in-between use. I provide a bin for tissues and will make sure it is emptied in-between clients.

  • Keep face to face appointment availability to a minimum (limiting to two per day Monday to Thursday) and air out the therapy room in-between each client by opening windows etc.

  • 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


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


currently full and will take new clients in September 2020

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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Rachel Hogben - Accredited Humanistic Counsellor / Psychotherapist MBACP

Rachel Hogben - Accredited Humanistic Counsellor / Psychotherapist MBACP