Rachel Lewis

Torquay, Devon, TQ1
07562 530740 07562 530740 07562 530740 07562 530740

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

2 Day Workshops for Continual Professional Development

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

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

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.

Fees

Making contact and fees

When you feel ready to talk about the difficulties you are facing, please call or text me on 07562 530740. I offer a free 30 minute session where we can both meet and talk about how I can help. And I can answer any of your questions. When we start working together, we will review how our work is going and you can decide how many sessions you want. Or if you find it easier, contact me via email rachellewiscounselling@hotmail.com and we will arrange a time to talk. The cost for an hour session is £35. I do have a limited number of concessionary places for those in hardship, please ask for more details.

Torquay
Devon
TQ1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

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Accessibility

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

Availability

I am available Monday to Thursday between 0900hrs - 2000hrs and some Saturday sessions are available. Please ask for more details.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
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