Rachel Dowling

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MBACP, Dip Couns, BSc (Hons) Psychology
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Gillingham, Kent, ME7
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi, I’m Rachel, a Neurodivergent therapist. I appreciate how difficult and nerve-wracking it can feel to take that first step to seek support. So I would like to offer you a space to be truly heard. 

It’s really important to find the right counsellor that you can connect with so that you can freely express yourself and get the most from therapy.

To arrange a free 15-minute Zoom chat so I can answer any questions you might have about working with me, please book here.

My practice:

I work with individuals aged 18+ from diverse backgrounds, on a wide range of sensitive topics such as ADHD, Autism, anxiety, depression, self-confidence, LGBTQIA+ issues, life changes, and harmful relationships.

What to expect in the initial consultation:

This session provides an opportunity to explore your current situation, what you hope to work on, and your expectations of counselling. If you feel that we are a good fit and you would like to work with me, we can then arrange our first full session together where we will agree ways of working together, and I will carry out a full assessment to ensure I can provide you with the help you are looking for. 

I want you to feel comfortable to talk about any topic with me: if it’s important to you it is important.  I firmly believe that you are your own expert and I hope to support you as you explore your own answers to enable you to bring about any changes you might be looking for. 
Whatever your situation I hope to offer you professional counselling without judgement.

I provide both short-term and long-term online counselling, and short or long-term face to face counselling from St Barnabas House Counselling and Therapy Centre in Gillingham, Kent.

My HR background has provided me with experience and understanding of a range of complex mental health conditions, bullying, harassment, PTSD, Autism, ADHD, work-related stress, LGBTQIA issues, and the importance of truly listening to individuals. 

What can counselling do for you?

As a Person-Centred humanistic counsellor I believe that everyone has the capacity to grow and manifest positive change, given the right conditions which can be provided through therapy. 

I aim to respond to new client enquiries within 48 hours.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma in Person Centred (Humanistic) Therapeutic Counselling - CPACAB
  • BSc (hons) in Psychology
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Theory - CPCAB
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills - CPCAB
  • Long term counselling with adults of all ages with MID-KENT MIND
  • Short-term EAP work with University students 18+

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 - £55.00
Free initial online session

Additional information

  • £50 day rate
  • £55 evening rate

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have availability for face to face counselling sessions on Mondays, based at St Barnabas Counselling & Therapy Centre, Gillingham.

Gillingham, Kent, ME7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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Rachel Dowling
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