Rachel J Stewart Accred. Member BABCP, MBACP
I am an experienced Psychotherapist working in Plymouth, with over 12 years NHS experience. 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 aim to provides a safe, non-judgemental and respectful environment as you begin this journey to address your difficulties. Talking therapy helps you gain a different perspective, allowing you to explore issues/concerns at your own pace. Many people feel more comfortable talking to a trained professional, I will endeavour to support you with compassion, helping you to find clarity and work towards an agreed goal or resolution.
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 member BACP.
My personal philosophy is using a holistic approach and tailoring treatment needs to suit individual clients. I used to work as a nurse in cancer 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 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 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. EMDR training 2017 - 2018 CBT Supervision course 2018
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
£45 per counselling session.
£50 per CBT/EMDR session
£45 CBT supervision.
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.