Rachel Philbrick. PG DIP. Registered MBACP.

Rachel Philbrick. PG DIP. Registered MBACP.

Steeple House
Steeple Lane

Wye Valley Mediation
Council Offices
Broad Street
Hay On Wye

07963 936176

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About me

2018 Client testimonial: “I cannot recommend Rachel enough. I immediately felt comfortable and safe with her. She is incredibly easy to talk to and understanding. Rachel helped me to understand myself and my issues, but with me taking the lead and coming to my own realisations. She would then help me to formulate effective plans and actions, and would be constantly helping me to improve them and myself.
My time with Rachel was truly life changing and the best thing I have ever done for myself and I will always be so grateful for her. “

" I started seeing Rachel after a few big life changes. I was struggling to make sense of what had happened, and was battling anxiety on a daily basis. Rachel was very easy to talk to, and completely non judgmental. She gave me tools to overcome panic attacks, as well as clear advice about how to combat negative thoughts before they took hold. I definitely have a lot more control over my mental well-being thanks to her." Client testimonial 2018

I have a deep interest in people and their life experiences, and the way these experiences can affect our ability to thrive. We all have the ability within us to move towards contentment and fulfilment - counselling can help us discover that ability.

I am an experienced therapeutic counsellor. I currently work in private practice, as well as counselling for the NHS in a Primary Care setting. I work with individuals and couples. I am registered to work with Neath Port Talbot College, supporting staff through counselling, and Wish Upon a Star, a Welsh Charity offering support to bereaved families.

My counselling work and experience has brought me into contact with people from all backgrounds from the age of 14 to 85 years. My clients have faced a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, relationship issues including affairs and divorce, illness, bullying, bereavement, depression, addiction issues and sexual abuse and trauma.

I am available to work with couples or individuals.

I am warm, reliable and consistent in my approach, and offer a safe, confidential space where you can talk about your concerns and work towards change with my support.

You can contact me by email or by phone to arrange a first appointment  Together we can  look at what has brought you to counselling and you can decide whether I'm the right counsellor for you.

I offer one space for Walking and Talking, making use of our beautiful countryside as a backdrop to our work. This may suit you if you find the prospect of sitting and talking a hindrance to accessing counselling, or if you 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 am an integrative counsellor, which means I can make use of different  approaches to therapy, to suit my client's needs.

I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Drama Therapy from Hertfordshire College of Art and Design

I gained experience as a counsellor working for Swansea Local Authority's Stress Management and Counselling Team.

In addition to my PG Dips I have completed training in:

Advanced certificate in Couples Therapy

Bereavement Counselling

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

REWIND Trauma Therapy

Infant Loss and Bereavement

Trauma in the Body

Sexual Abuse

Intensive Interaction and Gentle Teaching Techniques.

WARRN Risk Assessment.

I am fully insured and have a current DBS check

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have extensive experience of working therapeutically with people with learning disabilities, as well as people with autism and Aspergers syndrome.


I charge £50.00 If you are unwaged or unable to afford counselling,  please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss this, as I am committed to making counselling accessible to all.

My fee for couples counselling is £70.00 per session. Again, please contact me to discuss this if cost is an issue.

Further information

I offer Skype or online counselling to clients who are unable to access face-to-face sessions.

I work from comfortable, private rooms in Brecon and Hay-on-Wye.

Maps & Directions

Brecon, LD3 7DJ
Hay On Wye, HR3 5DB

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am available for daytime and evening sessions.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme