Rachel Lewis

Rachel Lewis

Torquay
Devon
TQ1

07562 530 740

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About me

I work on a one to one basis and I believe counselling is a unique relationship between two people. It is a place for you to talk and really be heard. It is different to normal everyday conversations, as the focus is on you, where you are free to talk about you and what’s going on for you. You will not be judged or told what to do. I offer a warm confidential safe place for you to talk about the things you are having difficulties with.

There are many hurdles we face in life and sometimes it can help to take time to look at them, finding your inner strengths and weaknesses. It is up to you what you want to get from counselling. It’s ok if you are unsure of what that looks like right now, I will support you to decide on your goal. Counselling can help you see things from another perspective, which can help you understand the reasons why you may behave or feel a certain way. This will empower you to create a place of acceptance, and explore strategies that could work for you.

It could be that you may have noticed a pattern in your life that you want to understand more. This will give you a greater insight and awareness into the triggers you may have, which can help you choose to change the parts you want in your future.

The issues I work with:

The issues I work with include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence, bereavement, loss, disability, health related issues, living with pain, relationships, stress, isolation, loneliness, anger, caring roles and abuse. My past training and experience has given me a special interest in working with issues around disability, caring roles and loss.

Disability

Disability can affect anyone of us at any time in our lives and it can be life changing. It can have an effect on our day to day lives when communicating our needs, causing feelings of anxiety, depression, loneliness, fear, low self-esteem and stress. Some disabilities can be seen while others are not seen, such as emotional health and well-being. Each disability is unique to that individual you are the expert in your own condition.

Disability can have an effect on our relationships at home, work and in the wider community. You may be afraid of the stereotype or stigma of your illness or felt discriminated against. I can support you in a warm, caring and non-judgemental way to explore your disability in a way that works for you.

You may have many different professionals supporting you and your needs, which can be confusing and frustrating. As a counsellor, I can give you the space to talk about the things that are you finding difficult and how this makes you feel. I will support you in exploring those thoughts and feelings that you want to work on.

Caring for someone

It may be that you are caring for someone and struggling to cope. This can add to your daily workload, increasing the stress that you experience. It can be a demanding and stressful role where you may feel guilt, shame, anger and/or pain. It can help to talk about these problems, to give yourself the space and time to work through what’s going on for you. As a counsellor I will give you a safe space to talk and explore your thoughts and feelings about the pressures you are having right now.

Loss

Some of the losses that we will experience during our lives will be the loss of a job, losing your home, leaving a relationship, losing someone close to you. You may not have felt ready to talk about the grief and the loss you have experienced, and the impact of the loss on your daily life. Sometimes we need space and time before we are ready to talk about our experiences of loss. Loss is a painful experience, and as a counsellor I can give you a safe space to help support you and guide you through this difficult time when you feel ready to do so.

Training, qualifications & experience

Before becoming a counsellor I worked in nursing within the NHS and in the community. And I have acted as an Advocate for people with learning disabilities and communication difficulties. From this experience I have a greater awareness and understanding of many physical and mental disabilities. I am passionate about people being able to explore and fulfill their own needs. I believe each and every one of us has the innate skills and abilities within ourselves and I will support you into tapping into these.

Training and qualifications

  • Certificate in Counselling Levels 1 and 2 – Hele Hub
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling – Iron Mill College
  • Transactional Analysis 101 – Iron Mill College

I am a qualified integrative counsellor working in Torquay. Being integrative means I can use various approaches when working with you, depending upon what you need at that time. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapy (BACP). I abide by their code of ethics and I am fully insured. And I have an up to date enhanced DBS. I continue to have continuous professional development to keep my practice up to date and as a requirement of the BACP.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

Making contact and fees

When you feel ready to talk about the difficulties you are facing, please call me 07562 530740. I have my phone switched off in sessions, so please leave a message with your contact details and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Or if you find it easier, you can contact me via email rachellewiscounselling@hotmail.com and we will arrange a time to talk. Then we will have an opportunity to talk about what you want from counselling and make sure I have the skills to meet your needs. This usually takes around 15-20 minutes on the phone. Then we will arrange a time to meet if you want to. I do offer evening and some weekend sessions. The cost for an hour session is £40. I do have a limited number of concessionary places for those in hardship, please ask for more details.

Maps & Directions

Torquay, TQ1

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified