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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South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire

07803 721013

About me

I am a qualified counselling practitioner, with extensive psychological training and experience, which I bring to my relational approach with clients. My role is to help you make sense of your situation, your thoughts and feelings, through open communication and supportive challenge. I can help with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, miscarriage, abortion, career and 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' and trauma. I work with empathy and respect to enable greater self-awareness and self-responsibility leading to improved confidence, empowerment and change.

My foremost therapeutic aim is to provide a calm, safe and confidential space. I have a consulting room in Hoyland on the border of Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield and very close to M1 Junction 36. For those with health problems which may prevent access I am open to discuss the possibility of home visits. I am happy to be flexible providing I am also practising ethically and in the service of the counselling relationship.

I offer face-to-face counselling appointments with individuals only. Sessions last 50-60 minutes. They can be at the same time each week or they can be flexible to work around shift patterns. At our initial session we will agree how we wish to work together. We will have periodic reviews of this agreement, usually every six weeks.

I offer professional counselling, psychotherapy and coach-therapy within the boundaries of a safe, accepting, confidential and sensitive relationship. As a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I subscribe to its ethical framework. I am also a member of the BPS (British Psychological Society) and an affiliate member of the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) which reflects my wider philosophy, training and experience.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 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 abuse, neglect and attachment difficulties such as low self-confidence, stress, generalised anxiety disorder, relationship issues, depression, addiction, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. I have experience working with issues arising from acquired disability, diagnosis of ill-health, pre-natal diagnosis, caring responsibilities and being the focus of hate crime. I have experience of working both short-term and long-term with clients.

I have particular experience working with young adults, women who have experienced domestic violence and people with a range of disabilities or long-term health conditions including people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Prior to qualification, I spent twenty years working in the third sector in various 'enabling' roles including health and social care, individual and family support, training and education. I have particular expertise working with people with intellectual disabilities.

I regularly benefit from clinical supervision, continuing professional development and peer learning. Professional membership of BACP (since 2014), BACP Coaching (2014), BPS (2012), BPS Division of Counselling Psychology (2012) and EMCC (2016). I have had DBS checks for working with vulnerable adults (2014) and children (2014) which will need updating if I am to undertake work with these groups.

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



Individuals: A 50-60 minute counselling session is £45. Concessions may be available.

Organisations: A 50-60 minute counselling session is £50 and can be booked in blocks of 6-12 sessions.

Counselling Students: A 50-minute counselling session is £35.

Please enquire further for integrative coach-therapy fees.

Further information

I offer flexible daytime, evening and weekend appointments.

My consulting room is conveniently located close to M1 Junction 36 in a residential area which borders Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield. On street parking is available. It is within easy walking distance from the number 66 and 265 bus routes.

I am committed to working with Disabled people and people with long-term health issues who can often experience difficulty accessing therapy. To discuss your individual needs please contact me. I regret that until the renovations to my business premises are completed there is no disabled access. Please contact me for further information.

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.

While I have listed various issues as required by the Counselling Directory's search function the type of relational therapy I practice is by its very nature wholly inclusive. In my experience, the client's presenting issue is very often a symptom of a deeper issue which may be outside of conscious awareness. Using relational therapy develops understanding and self-awareness to deal with this deeper issue.

Maps & Directions

Barnsley, S75
Barnsley, S74

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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