Rachel J Stewart Accred. Member BABCP, MBACP
36 Looe Street
I am an experienced psychotherapist working in Plymouth, with over 10 years NHS experience. I specialise in working with adults, treating difficulties such as generalised anxiety (GAD), low mood & depression; seasonal affective disorder (sad); relationship issues; loss or bereavement; anger; health anxiety; stress; PTSD; panic disorder; phobia; OCD; low self esteem and confidence; coping with divorce; long-term health conditions and much more. What I love about the work is that although I initially see people at a low point in their lives, as we work together they find the courage, skills, and resilience to create a meaningful life for themselves. I offer one to one counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR, mindfulness, compassion focused therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. I am an accredited member of the BABCP and MBACP.
My personal philosophy is using a holistic approach and tailoring treatment needs to suit individual clients. I used to work as a nurse in oncology and haematology services and at the back pain clinic. I find that my nurse training gives me an advantage in this sphere due to high standards in client care and confidentiality at all times.
I have a specialism in physical health problems affecting emotional health such as pain, CFS/ME, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, insomnia, fatigue and cancer. I currently run stress, mindfulness and compassion focused therapy courses for the NHS.
I use mindfulness meditation personally and therefore am fully aware of the positive effect it can have on health and well-being. Research shows that people who practice mindfulness and self-compassion have better mental health, less anxiety and depression and are more successful at meeting goals. One longer-term study showed that self-compassion helped people to adjust better after a divorce. When we have difficulties in life, our natural tendency might be to ask ourselves what we did wrong, but saying to ourselves, “You did the best you could given what you knew at the time,” can help us to feel better about ourselves and give us courage to begin rebuilding our lives.
*fee reduction with block bookings*
I also offer EAP - employee assisted counselling as directed by your workplace. I have experience in assisting staff and promoting health and wellbeing. I provide counselling and mindfulness workshops to prevent work related stress.
I can offer home visits within Plymouth if unable to attend the clinic, this does incur an additional £5 fee for travel costs, or Skype appointments are available.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Nursing Diploma Nottingham 1991-1994.
ENB Counselling course 1996-1997.
Nursing in Australia 1998.
Oncology Nurse in Bournemouth 1999-2005.
Oncology nurse in Plymouth 2005-2006.
Haematology Nurse in Plymouth 2006-2008.
Started working for an NHS CBT service 2008.
Acceptance and commitment training 2008-2009.
CBT Diploma Plymouth University 2010-2012.
Mindfulness course at Bangor university (MBSR/MBCT) 2013.
Compassion focused therapy course 2013.
Mindfulness based cognitive therapy for cancer 2014.
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling 2014 - 2016
Currently finishing EMDR training
CBT Supervision course - 2018.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
CBT for stress, anxiety and depression, PTSD, Perfectionism, Longterm physical health conditions such as chronic pain, CFS/ME, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, excema, fatigue and cancer.
I also run mindfulness workshops and surviving cancer workshops which includes discussion around emotional difficulties, fatigue and relaxation.
I offer employee counselling as part of your workplace: Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) are employee benefit programmes offered by many employers. EAP are intended to help employees deal with personal problems that might adversely impact their work performance, health and well-being.
Stress coach - I offer focused stress management sessions.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Photos & videos
£45 per counselling session.
£50 per CBT session.
£20 CBT supervision reduced rate due to training status.
Check out my blog at https://mindfulpause.wordpress.com where I talk about mindfulness.
I can also speak to you via apple facetime or skype if you prefer.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Thursday afternoon and evening, some Fridays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|