Rachel Matthews

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Dip. Therapeutic Counselling BACP & ACC Membership
Available for new clients
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Wombourne WV5 & Kingswinford DY6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I know how difficult life can feel at times and I want to help.

I hope by offering you a safe space to talk, we can begin to explore some of those difficulties together.  

We will begin with a free consultation over the phone and discern what would work best for you - short or long term work, in person or over the phone or online.  At all times, I will be led by your needs and we will continually review our work together, to make sure you are getting what you need.

I have worked in fast paced environments within the media and also understand some of the complexities charity work can bring.  

I became a counsellor because I know the impact therapy has had upon my own life.  I bring all of my life experience with me, a real heart for knowing and helping others  and it would be my privilege to help you on your journey too.

Please get in touch. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I always tailor my sessions to your needs, using an integrative model of counselling including PCT and CBT.

I bring experience of working with anxiety, low self esteem, ADHD,  anger, depression, relationship difficulties, family problems, abuse, bereavement (including child loss) parenting problems, teenagers & work related issues.

I'm also a Drawing and Talking Practitioner. This is a safe and gentle therapeutic approach, which provides an effective way for both children and adults to process emotional pain or trauma, that is hard to put into words.  Using the power of drawing, this technique allows you to play, by drawing a picture, and process any emotions you are holding internally in a safe and non- confrontational way, working at your own pace.

I have also worked in the media and charity sector and have lived experience of the impact of Covid.

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Practitioner in Drawing and Talking Therapy
  • Level 2 & 3 Counselling
  • CRUSE Bereavement Support Foundation Course
  • Level 3 Award, Autism in schools
  • Advanced Safeguarding Level 2 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have an interest in faith and spirituality, which I'm always willing to explore in the counselling room if that's helpful for you.

I have supported families who have been bereaved of a child and also work with teenagers in a secondary school setting.

I have lived experience of dealing with a chronic illness in the family.

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Vitality

Additional information

Drawing and Talking Therapy consists of 12 x 30 minute sessions. Each session costs £30 for this.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please get in touch.

Further information

I will provide a safe space for you to share whatever is happening for you.

I've been described as kind and compassionate, but I'm also inquisitive and happy to have difficult conversations and sit with uncomfortable emotions.

I always want to help my clients find their authentic voice.

Contact me today for a free consultation, to begin our journey together.

Wombourne, Staffordshire, WV5

Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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