Rachel Philbrick. PG DIP. Registered MBACP.
Re Corona Virus: Although Skype/telephone counselling might not feel the same as meeting with me face to face, in my experience "remote" counselling can be just as therapeutic and meaningful. Research backs up my experience. In order to safeguard the health of my clients and myself, I am currently working via Skype, telephone, text and email. I will work with my clients to find a way of communicating that suits them best. As soon as possible, I will return to face to face counselling.
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 16 to 85 years. My clients have faced a wide range of concerns, including generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks and anxiety, including health 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
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
REWIND Trauma Therapy
Infant Loss and Bereavement
Trauma in the Body
Intensive Interaction and Gentle Teaching Techniques.
WARRN Risk Assessment.
I am fully insured and have a current DBS check
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
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.