Rachel Philbrick. Registered MBACP. Experienced Therapeutic Counsellor

Rachel Philbrick. Registered MBACP. Experienced Therapeutic Counsellor

Hay On Wye


07963 936176 / 07963936176

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Hay On Wye


07963 936176 / 07963936176

About me

I work for part of the week in private practice.

I am also employed by the NHS to provide counselling in GP surgeries in South and mid-Powys.

Counselling gives you the chance to talk about how you're feeling. If you're stuck or overwhelmed by relationship problems, family issues, depression or feeling sad, anxiety, illness or disability, I can offer you a safe, confidential space where you can talk. Maybe you are coping with bereavement or finding that difficult childhood experiences are affecting your ability to live your adult life to the full. I offer you a place where you can work things out and look towards the future. I will not judge you, or your situation, and will listen and support you to reflect on your issues and gain a new perspective. I want to develop a relationship of warmth, trust, and openness with my clients where healing and change can happen. I firmly believe in my clients' basic drive to live a full and happy life. However this basic drive can be knocked off course by difficult or traumatic life experiences, and sometimes we need the space to work through these experiences to get ourselves back on course. I will place your hopes and needs at the centre of our session, working with whatever you wish to bring, and we will work at a pace that suits you.

The first thing we will do when you contact me is arrange a time for our first session. Our first meeting is an opportunity for you to start telling me what has brought you to counselling. This can feel nerve wracking; I will provide you with a safe, confidential space to begin to untangle your thoughts and feelings. Together we can look at what is going on for you. It is also a chance for you to decide whether I'm the right counsellor for you..

I place no restrictions on the amount of sessions a client has, as I believe you will know when your work in the counselling space is done. For some people, particularly if they are facing an immediate crisis or a bereavement, a few meetings to focus on what is going on in their lives, and what might help them to cope better and move forward, is enough. Some clients want to delve deeper into their thoughts and feelings, to try and shift old or lifelong patterns in their behaviour and their relationships. This kind of work tends to need more time. I will check in with you regularly to see if you are happy with the way our sessions are going.

I practise from rooms in Brecon and Hay on Wye, and will also counsel over Skype after at least one initial meeting, if a client has difficulty with meeting up.

I offer one space for Walking and Talking, making use of our beautiful countryside as a backdrop to our work. This can be helpful for those who find the prospect of sitting and talking a hindrance to accessing counselling. Alternatively you may find the landscape comforting and inspiring as you seek answers to your questions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling from the University of South Wales, and am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I have integrated a person-centred approach with psychodynamic theory, within a relational integrative model. I have described my approach in more detail in the General Information section above.

I am trained as a REWIND practitioner, reprocessing past traumatic memories that can affect your experience of the present.

Mindfulness is also a part of my integration, ie relaxation and meditation techniques which aim to lessen some of the distressing symptoms of anxiety that can make coping so much harder.

I am a qualified drama therapist and am comfortable using drama techniques as well as music, art, and written word if it enables you to express your thoughts and feelings more clearly.

I have extensive professional experience of working therapeutically with people with physical and learning disabilities, and passionately believe counselling should be accessible to everyone - to this end I endeavour to make counselling available to all.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have extensive professional experience of working therapeutically with people with learning disabilities, and passionately believe counselling should be accessible to the learning disabled community, where it's therapeutic value can be of huge benefit.


I charge £45.00 for a 50 minute session.

If you are unwaged or unable to afford counselling, please contact me to discuss a discounted rate.

Maps & Directions

Hay On Wye, HR3
Brecon, LD3

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am available for daytime and evening sessions.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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