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Hello. My name is Rachel and I work as a Counsellor and EMDR Therapist at New Hope Counselling. Are you facing difficulties or issues which are hard to make sense of? Maybe you are feeling like things are never going to change? I work with people experiencing anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, bereavement, low self-esteem and relationship difficulties.
Are you constantly fighting feelings of not feeling "good enough" in various areas of your life such as romantic relationships, parenting, friendships or work?
I can offer you the time and space to explore whatever is troubling you or causing you distress, and help you identify ways to bring about hope, change and healing. I work in a gentle, empathic way, giving you a safe and confidential place to explore your thoughts and feelings, come to a greater understanding of yourself and your situation and find a way to move forward.
How I work
The therapy I provide is predominantly talking therapy. I also provide EMDR sessions for people needing to work through a traumatic event or situation (such as childhood trauma). I also offer creative ways of working such as drawing, journalling and sand therapy, if it is something you would find helpful.
Many of my clients have experienced difficulties with self-esteem due to their past (family upbringing) or recent events (such as illness or relationship break-down). I work with them to identify the root of these difficulties and give them strategies to build and improve their self-esteem and self-confidence.
I can work on a short term basis (6-12 sessions) or longer term depending on what you are bringing to counselling. I also offer psychotherapy which is usually long term work, involving gaining a deeper awareness of emotional issues and identifying the root of a problem.
I offer online counselling and telephone counselling for those who are unable to attend face to face sessions for any reason.
How Counselling helps.
At times life can become confusing, distressing or overwhelming and when this happens it can have a negative impact on your daily life. I can give you the time and the opportunity to explore what is really going on for you with a warm, caring person who listens impartially and will not judge you.
Counselling does not involve me giving you advice but rather enabling you to gain your own perspective and insight into what we look at together. This will in turn empower you to understand what is best for you, in order to make positive changes in your life
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - (MBACP Accred) and work according to its Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018). I have monthly supervision sessions with an experienced and qualified supervisor, who oversees my work with clients.
I am also a member of the EMDR Association UK and have monthly supervision with an EMDR consultant, for my EMDR work
I understand that choosing the right counsellor is incredibly important. This is why I offer an optional free 15 minute initial phone call, so that you can have a chat with me before booking your first appointment. I would like to encourage you to visit my website at www.newhopecounselling.co.uk where you can find out more about how I work. If you would like any further information or have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please feel free to give me a text, call or e-mail me and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
PLEASE NOTE - When you contact me via email please also provide your mobile number too , so I can send a follow up text to check that you have received my reply. Also please check your spam emails if you have not received a reply. Many thanks.
Training, qualifications & experience
- EMDR Therapy training (approved by EMDR Europe Association)
- CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision.
-CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
-CPCAB. Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
- CPCAB. Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies.
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.
- Training in working with Domestic Abuse.
- Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
- Was a Registered Nurse working in the NHS for 32 years ( 23 of them in ICU)
I have undertaken the CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. On this course I learned how to work with clients at a deeper level, on issues stemming from adverse childhood experiences.
I worked at Simply Counselling Community Interest Company for 5 and a half years. I counselled adult clients of all ages during this time with experiences of trauma, various forms of abuse (including domestic abuse), anxiety, depression , loss and bereavement. During my time there I also counselled people who are carers and those who have had heart problems.
I have recently left the NHS where I worked for 32 years as a nurse. I worked 23 years in ICU , the final 2years being during the pandemic. I therefore have unique, specialist knowledge and experience around the ICU environment, and specialise in working with people who have been patients there, have had a family member there or who have worked as a member of staff in ICU.
I have done my part 1 training for working as an EMDR therapist. This enables me to work with people around processing traumatic events. It is a NICE recommended treatment for trauma and is used extensively in the NHS.
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.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I worked as a nurse In Intensive Care for 23 years. I am happy to support people with traumatic hospital experiences as a patient or relative. I am very aware and informed about the difficulties a person can experience following a stay in Intensive Care. During the first 2 years of the pandemic, I nursed COVID patients in Intensive Care, so feel that I can support people who have been struggling following these experiences.
I am also experienced in supporting health workers.
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free 10-15 minute telephone session if you would like one. I charge £25 for the initial consultation session and give a full hour for this. In this session we can look at what you are wanting to gain from counselling and also get an idea of what it will be like to work with me.
All other sessions are £45 for one hour.
I have 2 spaces a week for concessions at £35/hour and those are available for students or those on low income. Please contact me for further details about this. If a space is not available I will be able to put you on a waiting list.
When I work
I offer sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.30am -5pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am -6.30.pm - currently in -person or via video/telephone or outdoors.
I also do Inner Child work, which involves coming to terms with adverse experiences from childhood.
I have worked as a nurse for 32 years in the NHS, having recently left to focus fully on my counselling work..23 years have been spent working in ICU , the last 2 being during the pandemic. As well as working with people with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, I specialise in working with people with physical health problems. I also have the relevant understanding and knowledge to work effectively with anyone who has had an ICU experience - as a patient, a relative of a patient or a staff member.