Rachel Smith

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3QH
07394 066071 07394 066071
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3QH

About me

Are you finding life difficult but feel unable to talk to family or friends about what is troubling you? I can offer you a friendly, safe and non-judgemental environment in which to explore and work through the concerns that have caused you to seek counselling.

I am a qualified, BACP registered counsellor. I offer short and long term counselling in Cheltenham.

Counselling aims to help you to help yourself to understand why you feel the way you do, and to plan how to cope with emotional and practical realities.

I am here to work with you as you learn more about yourself. I do not tell you what to do. You are the best person to know what the right solution is for you as an individual. My role is to help you find the answers. I do this by encouraging you to talk about whatever you want.

Talking out loud to someone you trust can help you to clarify and make sense of things. It can make things feel less overwhelming, less scary, less confusing. It can help you put something in a new or different perspective. Talking about your concerns can help to relieve physical tension as 'the weight is lifted from your shoulders'.

I have worked with people who have experienced a wide range of issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of confidence
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement
  • Decision making
  • Long term illness (mental & physical)
  • Trauma (incl. sexual abuse)
  • Pregnancy issues (incl. abortion)

I work with adults aged 18 - 98.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP registered
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB), Listening Post, Gloucester
  • Certificates in Counselling Skill & Studies (CPCAB), Listening Post, Gloucester
  • The Well Counselling, Malvern - Counsellor & Teacher

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


£50 per session (50 minutes)

Trainee Counsellors - £40

Essential Space
Alleyne Lodge
Knapp Road
GL50 3QH

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith