Rachel Waddington - Dip.Psych, Dip.Couns, FD (Open), PgCert Coach

Rachel Waddington - Dip.Psych, Dip.Couns, FD (Open), PgCert Coach

South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire

07803 721013

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About me

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 am particularly interested in working with young people aged 14+ 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), BPS Division of Counselling Psychology (since 2012) & EMCC (since 2016).

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Acquired disability

Diagnosis of ill-health

Pre-natal diagnosis

Post-natal depression

Empathic anger management



Counselling for Individuals: £45 for 60 minutes (Organisation £50 and Concessions £35)

Students of Counselling: £35 for 50 minutes

Couples Counselling: £65 for 60 minutes (£5 discount per session when booking 4 or more sessions)

Please go to my website for coaching fees.

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.

At present it is not possible to leave a voice message on my mobile phone so if you are unable to reach me by phone please text or email and I will get back to you.

Maps & Directions

Barnsley, S75
Barnsley, S74

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Flexible daytime, evening and weekend appointments

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme