My name is Rachel Raynor and I have been a practising counsellor and psychotherapist for over 14 years. I am committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment. As well as talking therapy I offer specialist techniques including EFT, EMDR and mindfulness.
I work with individual adults on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
Offering support from a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist in the village of Whatton, near Bingham just off the A52 in Nottinghamshire. I am close to Newark, Grantham and easily accessible from Nottingham
I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with:
- Long term health issues
My face-to-face practice is based in Whatton-in-the-Vale in Nottinghamshire and is within easy reach of Aslockton, Bingham, Scarrington, Thoroton, Orston, Grantham and Nottingham. I also offer online counselling using Skype or Telephone counselling if preferred.
I offer a free 30 minute informal chat to see if, firstly, counselling is for you and secondly whether I am the right fit (if not I can make some suggestions as to where else you can find the right support for yourself).
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post-graduate diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
- MA in Integrative Psychotherapy
- Certified EFT Practitioner
- Certified Somatic-based Clinical Trauma Specialist
I originally studied Social Work and graduated from Nottingham University with a BA(Hons) in 2003. Following a couple of years working for the National Probation Service helping to rehabilitate people with substance misuse issues I realised that to really support people in making positive changes I needed to be able provide therapeutic interventions that enabled them to address underlying issues. This led me to study at postgraduate level at the University of Birmingham with the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute and I graduated in 2010 with a MA in Integrative Psychotherapy.
Since then I have gained extensive experience working as an addictions counsellor within the NHS for a community mental health team where I supported patients with issues ranging from self harm, mental health issues such as anxiety and depression as well as alcohol and drug problems.
Now working in private practice I continue with my professional development and have recently undertaken intensive training in trauma and related areas such as EFT and EMDR
Areas of Specialism
I have spent over 20 years working in the field of drug and alcohol addiction, from residential rehab to community and aftercare settings.
During my study I focused on self harm looking at the potential causes and how to resolve them.
I also have extensive experience working with people with chronic health issues, particularly post-viral fatigue, M.E and fibromyalgia; living with conditions such as these can be a huge adjustment and counselling can help you move towards acceptance of a new way of living.
Many mental health issues can relate to trauma; whether this is developmental and chronic or due to a one-off intense experience. Support in resolving trauma, neutralising symptoms like flashbacks and developing safety protocols make up a significant part of my work.
I take a very adaptive approach, I am led by you and your needs. Having a background as I do means that I have experience of working with a varied client base with complex needs.
As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy I have an ongoing commitment to cultivate personal qualities such as empathy, sincerity and respect as a matter of ethical responsibility as well as ensuring I am technically competent.
My theoretical basis that informs my work is Integrative Psychotherapy which is a therapeutic approach focused on relationship. I believe that most psychological issues stem from our relationships either in the here and now and/or past experiences in this respect. I use our relationship as a way of identifying traumas and then promote growth and healing within the therapeutic space.
I have experience of working online as I worked in the Highlands for a number of years and due to travel constraints, especially in winter, online was the only was to maintain consistent contact with some clients.
I identify as 'she/her' and am a straight white cis gendered woman. I acknowledge that I benefit from unearned privilege as a result and encourage exploration of uncomfortable realities due to discrimination and inequality.
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
£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
£50 per 50 minute session
If you aren't able to find a suitable time in my above availability, please contact me to discuss as I should be able to work with you to find something that suits your needs.