Rachel Waddington

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Dip.Psych, Dip.Couns, FD (Open), PgCert Coach
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Barnsley S74 & S75
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I offer face to face sessions and telephone sessions. To enquire about availability or to discuss your needs please send me a message. Do include your mobile number where possible as I'm experiencing some problems with replying to emails. Thank you.

I offer my clients a warm relational approach to counselling. I see my role as helping you make sense of your situation, your thoughts & feelings, through open communication & supportive challenge. By becoming more aware of the nature of what you are experiencing you begin to feel more in control. I can help with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, miscarriage, abortion, career & work-related stress, redundancy, family issues or relationship difficulties, feeling sad, life balance, weight issues, lack of meaning or purpose, stressful life events, anger management, bullying & 'otherness'. I work with empathy & respect to enable greater self-awareness & self-responsibility which then naturally leads to improved confidence, empowerment & change.

I also work with couples. My approach to couples counselling revolves around improving communication & resolving issues within the relationship. This involves identifying unhelpful methods of interacting & replacing them with new ways of relating. A second task is to surface deeper thoughts & feelings, & to establish where they come from. I work from the assumption that all relationship problems are co-created. Rather than determine blame, my focus with couples is to work towards resolution & change.

Finally, I have experience working with young people aged 16+ years. Adolescence is characterised by identity formation, interpersonal & social challenge, & significant biological changes in the brain. My approach with young people is to support them to develop a healthy sense of identity & to grow in confidence. This may involve helping them to tackle difficult social situations, rise to challenges in education or at work, or manage their anxieties about the future.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Cert in Working With Couples
  • PgCert in Coaching and Mentoring
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Foundation Degree in Counselling
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Conversion Diploma in Psychology

I have experience working with issues arising from domestic violence, abuse, neglect & attachment difficulties such as low self-esteem, stress, generalised anxiety disorder, relationship issues, depression, addiction, self-harm & suicidal ideation.

I also have experience working with issues arising from acquired disability, diagnosis of ill-health, pre-natal diagnosis & caring responsibilities.

I have long-standing experience working with people with a range of disabilities & long-term health conditions including people with learning disabilities & mental health issues.

Professional membership of BACP (since 2014), BACP Coaching (since 2014), BPS (since 2012) and BPS Division of Counselling Psychology (since 2012).

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Acquired disability

Diagnosis of ill-health

Pre-natal diagnosis

Post-natal depression

Empathic anger management



£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Counselling for Individuals: £50 for 60 minutes (Organisations £55 and Concessions £45)

Couples Counselling: £70 for 60 minutes (£5 discount per session when booking 4 or more sessions)

Please go to my website for coaching fees.

When I work

Flexible daytime, evening and weekend appointments

Further information

My practice is located in Hoyland easily accessible from Barnsley, Rotherham, north Sheffield & M1 Junction 36.

Work is underway to improve physical access to the building. For those with health difficulties who may be prevented from accessing my building it may be possible for me to visit you at home or in another location. I will always try to be flexible in the way I offer my services providing I am also practising ethically & in the service of the professional relationship. To discuss your individual needs please contact me.

Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S74

Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
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Rachel Waddington
Rachel Waddington