Rachel Waddington BA Dual Hons, Dip Psych, Dip Couns, FD (Open), PgCert Coach

Rachel Waddington  BA Dual Hons, Dip Psych, Dip Couns, FD (Open), PgCert Coach

South Yorkshire

07803 721013

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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 2016
Foundation Degree in Counselling 2016
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2016
Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling 2013
Conversion Diploma in Psychology 2013

I have three years' experience as both a counsellor and a coach. I have worked in various agency settings including a sixth-form college, a domestic violence recovery service and a pan-disability organisation. I have experience working with emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, passive aggressive behaviour, attachment disorder, low self-confidence, self-harm, sexuality, stress, young carers, acquired disability, addiction, relationship issues, generalised anxiety disorder, Asperger's syndrome, hate crime, abuse and suicidal thoughts. I have experience of working both short-term and long-term with clients. I have particular expertise working with Disabled people and people with long-term health conditions.

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

Prenatal diagnosis
Post-natal depression
Acquired disability
Diagnosis of ill-health


Individuals: A 50-60 minute counselling session is £45.

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 blended 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.

The information provided here is about the therapeutic counselling I offer. If you are interested in coaching or a blend of coach-therapy please enquire separately or visit my website.

Maps & Directions

Barnsley, S74

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults