Rachel Leech MBACP BSc Counselling, Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, & Supervision

Rachel Leech MBACP BSc Counselling, Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, & Supervision


07854 221 979

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07854 221 979

About me

Hi my name is Rachel, welcome to my profile.

I offer counselling and supervision appointments from my Buxton practice.

I strive to provide a caring, safe, calm, non-judgemental, holding space where we can explore whatever brings you to counselling. Together we can look at feelings, behaviours, body issues/reactions, trauma, anxiety, the things that are affecting you today. You may be looking for ways to cope or challenge what is going on for you in the present moment or explore and work through past trauma. Often the past impacts on our behaviour, feelings and thoughts today...it can flavour how we see the world around us..it's up to you how deep you want to work and I am here to support you through this process of self-discovery and self-care. I view my role as a therapist to accompany and support you as you find your own truth and find your own answers....Listen and hear your own wisdom.

"The Authentic Self is the Soul made visible"
Sarah Ban Breathnach

I am a fully qualified and experienced integrative counsellor and I draw from different approaches depending on you. The main theoretical approaches, on which my practice is based on, is psychodynamic, humanistic, play therapy, psychosynthesis and mindfulness. I work with both children and adults. At the core of my work, I am client led. Because my training included different theoretical practice models/techniques I often draw from them in various ways. I believe in the uniqueness of each individual person and therefore I adapt the way I work accordingly.

Within therapeutic work, a variety of techniques may be found useful from talking therapy, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, rewind technique, guided visualisation, dream analysis, journal work, time lines, sub-personality work, CBT, to art, clay work, or object work. Often working creatively can bypass the conscious defences and enables the unconscious to be heard by you. Creative work is not right for everyone and so the work is always client centred, I follow your lead, working at your pace.

I have a particular interest working with anxiety, depression, domestic abuse, childhood abuse, bereavement, and self-confidence issues.
I worked over 5 years as a counsellor for women's aid working with women who have lived with psychological, sexual, and or violent abuse. I currently work as a children and young persons counsellor at Blythe house hospice, alongside my own private practice, and prior to this worked as a children's counsellor in a primary school in Manchester.
I enjoy working with and supporting counselling students on their journey of self-discovery and offer a limited number of concessionary rates.

Some clients do not wish to talk, they want to find ways to cope, Mindfulness has been shown to be beneficial in many ways to help reduce anxiety, depression, sleep problems & cope with long term pain.

Sometimes counselling has a more supportive role. There are some situations and times in life where things simply can not get better. Counselling can be a safe supportive place to speak the unspeakable, strip away the mask and also find your own tools and techniques that work for you to deal and live your life more fully and with self-compassion.

Counselling may be short term when you have a clear sense of your need/goal at the beginning, or it may be long term. Long term therapeutic counselling often relates to how the past may have shaped previous feelings, reactions and choices. I offer a variety of long term pricing packages to support long term therapy.

I work according to BACP's ethical framework and as part of my ongoing ethical practice, I attend CPD training regularly. I am also a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists).

SUPERVISEES... I'm an experienced qualified counsellor that works with both adults and children and I'm looking for counselling supervisees that are looking for a new supervisor or additional supervision at a low cost due to me undertaking supervision training. I work integratively using psychodynamic, humanistic, creative and transpersonal client led models/techniques. Please email me for more information.

What to expect when we first meet

Usually, I offer an initial no obligation meeting up session for £20 which is 30-40 minutes long. It's a good opportunity for us to meet and you can see the room, get a sense of how you feel about working with me. Upon initial consultation, I aim to gain an understanding of what you hope to achieve. I explore with you what has brought you to consider therapy and what are your expectations, needs and hopes. This then informs my practice and the type of techniques and models that I use. When working with children I work in much the same way, however, play and creativity is the typical means of communication and metaphor is also frequently used to enable the child to work through their presenting problems safely.

Sometimes I may feel that you would benefit more from other services or colleagues that are specialist in particular areas. If this is the case I would signpost, look into offering you further information, and then you can decide what you feel would benefit you most. It is important that you feel comfortable with the therapist that you choose and the initial meeting session also offers you the opportunity to see how you feel about working therapeutically with me.

Location *

I work from Buxton, in Derbyshire.

My Buxton practice is in a residential area just off the A6 and offers plenty of street parking providing a comfortable, secure, confidential, safe space.

Training, qualifications & experience

B.Sc. (First Class Hons) in Professional counselling, Salford University, Manchester

Advanced Diploma in Counselling, 2008, University of Derby, Buxton
Advanced Certificate in Counselling, 2007 University of Derby, Buxton
Certificate in Counselling Skills & Certificate in Counselling Concepts 2005, University of Derby, Buxton

Postgraduate Certificate in therapy with children and families Unit 1, 2, 3 & 4 2014

Trauma Rewind Technique

Mindfulness. Ongoing training. Tutor Tim Duerden, University of Salford & Integrated Mindfulness

Ongoing Continued Professional Development...

  • 1 day Legal Issues in Therapeutic work with children and young people with Peter Jenkins, Blythe House
  • BACP certificate of Proficiency
  • Group work with children, two day workshop - Place 2 Be
  • Effects of Domestic Violence on Children. Standard 6.3
  • Working with Metaphor - Place 2 Be, Manchester
  • Combating homophobia & Supporting young gay people - Aids Resource team,
  • Derbyshire County Council children & Younger Adults Dept
  • Making Endings with Children - Place 2 Be, Manchester
  • Safeguarding Children & Young people who are disabled – Intro Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board
  • Safeguarding Disabled Children – Advanced - Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board
  • Working with Diversity & Difference - Place 2 Be, Manchester
  • Introduction to Attachment Theory & Practice - Place 2 Be, Manchester
  • Safeguarding Children – Diversity & Anti-Discriminatory Practices - Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board
  • Introductory clinical 2 day workshop working with children - Place 2 Be, Manchester
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling Post Graduate Supervision Course
  • Basic HIV & AIDS Awareness - Aids Resource team, Derbyshire County Council children & Younger Adults Dept
  • 2 day Sexual & Psychological Abuse Workshop Macclesfield Counselling & Training Centre
  • 2 day Domestic Abuse – Advanced Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board
  • 1 day, For Boy’s young men, sex & relationships - Aids Resource team, Derbyshire County Council children & Younger Adults Dept
  • 1 day Adult Protection recognising & alerting others to suspected abuse Derbyshire County Council Social Services Dept.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Rewind Technique used to treat trauma.



£30 per hour and half (BACP minimum recommended) while undertaking postgraduate supervisor training. From April 2018 £45 per hour and half

Counselling some spaces available from January on Monday.

Initial consultation £20

£35 per 50 minute session between 11am-2pm

£40 per 50 minute adult session after 3pm

Payment can be made in cash or by electronic payment before appointment.

Further information

Choosing a therapist or supervisor can be daunting, difficult, and confusing, especially at a time when you may feel particularly vulnerable. I want to invite anyone who is considering therapy or supervision and is to feel free to contact me by email or phone.

It is fine if you just want to ask questions, discuss, and consider the idea of counselling/psychotherapy, creative therapies Supervision or mindfulness. If I'm with a client and not able to answer the phone please leave a message, text or email, and I'll return your call as soon as I can.

I will do my best to support you and offer information to help. It is important that you find the right therapist/supervisor for you.

Maps & Directions

Buxton, SK17

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


From January 2018 some availability on Monday.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I am offering low cost supervision to supervisees that are looking for a new supervisor or additional supervision this is due to me undertaking postgraduate supervision training.

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