About me

Life can be hard, lonely, feel cruel or empty. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or stuck. Therapy can ease your suffering, enable release and grant insight. It can help you cope more easily and move forward.

I can offer you a safe, caring space to be heard and will explore with you, without judgement, the things that feel difficult for you. I am an experienced, professionally qualified counsellor and my approach is integrative-relational, which means I draw on different theoretical models to support my work. I believe past events and relationships impact you; they influence how you view yourself and others and can cause destructive thoughts and patterns of behaviour. I also believe that the relationship between you and your therapist is fundamental to enable change. A warm, respectful, trusting relationship will help you to feel safe enough to examine painful, difficult issues. It is a relationship that can enable you to expand your awareness, gain greater insight into yourself and your relationship with others and find new ways forward.

I understand how daunting it may feel to start therapy and the choice of therapist is an important one, so I offer a no-commitment initial consultation for you to get a sense of me and decide whether my way of working feels right for you.

During the pandemic, I offer online therapy via Zoom to ensure the safety of those who are at risk or are unable to leave their homes.

Training, qualifications & experience

I offered therapy at a busy GP surgery, worked for the counselling team of a local authority, been an associate counsellor at a leading London university, and I still work as a volunteer counsellor for the charity Mind.

I have experience of working with adults of all ages, ethnicities and sexual orientations.
I welcome working with clients age 18 + irrespective of gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, cultural/religious background or nationality.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by its Code of Ethics. My work is supervised by a senior practitioner.

Qualifications
BA (Hons) (First Class) Integrative Relational Counselling from Middlesex University
AQA Level 2 certificate in counselling skills
Certificate in mindfulness-based stress reduction

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relational

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fees are £60 per session. Initial session: £20. I am happy to offer concessions.

Further information

My private practice is a 2-minute walk from Kew Gardens station, with easy access to local transport links and street parking.

Richmond
Surrey
TW9

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

My private practice is on the ground floor with easy access

Additional languages

German

Rachel Neil

Rachel Neil