Rachel Shepley BA (Hons) Counselling MBACP (Accred)
I am a fully qualified, BACP accredited counsellor and therapist with 19 years of client experience. I work with adults either on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period.
I practice from a quiet garden therapy room in the heart of Walthamstow Village, E17 (5-10 mins walk from Walthamstow Central).
My approach is collaborative and relational, offering a confidential and safe environment in which you can explore what is difficult and causing you distress in your life. Commitment to a regular, supportive space with a counsellor can give you the opportunity to make sense of your own thoughts, feelings, ideas, relationships and behaviours. It can help facilitate the possibility of change at a pace which is led by you and in a way which can make life richer and more authentic.
What happens after you have made contact with me?
Beginning the search for a counsellor can feel overwhelming and practically can be time consuming. It is important that I feel like the right 'fit' for you and that professionally I can offer you the skills, experience and knowledge you need.
To save you time and to help with this process I offer a free pre-counselling phone call (usually around 20 minutes long) before we arrange to meet up in person. I will also send you a copy of my practice information document which has full practical details about the service I offer.
I will be interested to know about:
- The issues that have led you to seek support now
- Any previous experience you have had of counselling or therapy
- What you are looking for from a counsellor and counselling sessions at this time
I usually also ask questions about your general health and wellbeing. You can ask me anything which is of importance to you in deciding whether you wish to proceed with me.
If after this initial conversation I feel I would potentially be able to offer you support and you would also like to proceed, I will suggest that we meet for a full assessment session to discuss the areas mentioned above in more detail and to establish if we will work together. If I do not feel I am the right person to offer you counselling either after our phone call or the assessment I may offer suggestions for alternative referral information or recommendations.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed 4 years of training at the Metanoia Institute and hold a BA (Hons) / Dip Person-Centred Counselling. I have also completed a Certificate in Supervision at Metanoia.
I have significant experience in working with clients who experience anxiety, stress, panic attacks, career-crisis, work-related stress, relationship difficulties, family issues, life-transition issues, low confidence, depression, PTSD-type symptoms relating to trauma including sexual violence (recent or historic).
In addition to my private practice I currently work with students within a university counselling service. I have previously worked within a GP’s surgery and as a counsellor, supervisor, trainer and clinical assessor for community counselling services such as MIND.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free pre-assessment phone call
£55 for initial assessment and subsequent 50 minute sessions.