Dr Rachel Willcox

Dr Rachel Willcox

Barnfield Hill Therapy Rooms
4 Barnfield Hill


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About me

I am a Counselling Psychologist, with over 10 years experience of working in the NHS and the third sector. I am Chartered with the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

I work in a way that is tailored uniquely for each client drawing on a number of evidenced-based approaches including EMDR, depending on your needs and working towards your goals together.

You may simply be looking to create a reflective space in your week to look and think differently about your current situation and life. Or maybe you want to work collaboratively in a focussed and goal-oriented way on improving wellbeing, strengthening your self-care strategies or understanding and managing stress and anxiety better. I consider myself to be kind, compassionate and gently challenging and aim to create an environment in which clients can move towards changing their lives for the better, learning new skills and gaining insight.

Below I have included some testimonials from previous clients to give an idea of how I work:

“A big thank you for being there with your calm and quiet approach, your support has been invaluable. I am now less restrained by my anxiety, thank you” (Female, 47)

“Thank you for everything you have done for me over the past months, things have really started looking up like I had never before thought possible and I’m still getting used to these new feelings of optimism for the future.  I have new ways of coping now and I feel stronger than I ever have before.”  (Male, 18)

“Thank you for allowing me to open up the depths of my very being to you, and for listening to my pain so carefully with gentleness and compassion. You have been a window of hope for me” (Female, 65)

“Thank you so much for all of your help.  I am looking forward to progressing further with everything that you’ve taught me” (Male, 38)

I have a special interest, fostered by my research career, in working with those in complex life transitions including fertility issues (particularly family building using embryo donation), traumatic births and bereavements.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (University of the West of England)

  • HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist: PYL 34996
  • BPS registered Chartered Psychologist Membership number 219857

I have worked as a psychologist in a variety of settings including GP surgery, Primary and Secondary care mental health, CAMHS Family therapy teams, charitable counselling services.

I am an approved provider with several insurance companies - please do contact me for further details.


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Due to my doctoral research and ongoing research I am involved in, I have a particular interest in working with:

  • people using embryo donation to build their families
  • fathers and mothers who have experienced traumatic births
  • bereavement

I have recently completed EMDR training and am using this regularly in my practice now to work on trauma.

Photos & videos

  • One of the therapy rooms I use in Exeter


£80 per 50 minute session. All fees are paid in advance of the session by BACS.

I am an approved provider with several insurance companies (WPA & AXA among others) please do contact me for further details.

I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to answer any initial questions and to determine whether psychological therapy is likely to be of benefit to you.

Usually the first two sessions are assessment appointments in which you and I will discuss your current difficulties and concerns, and express your hopes and goals for psychological therapy. We will work together to start developing a shared understanding of your difficulties, such as why they have developed and what may contribute to them.  Also the sessions are about you finding out whether I am the right therapist for you, and us finding out whether we can work together.

​By the end of the assessment, we will agree on the next steps, and whether or not psychological therapy with me is likely to be helpful. There is no obligation for you to continue to therapy following the assessment. ​You may also be signposted to another, more appropriate service.

Thereafter, I offer sessions which last 50 minutes and take place at the same time each week. My fee for the assessment sessions and subsequent appointments is £80.

My cancellation policy is that I charge the full session fee if you are unable to inform me of the cancellation within 48 hours of the session.

Further information

Session availability:

I see clients on Mondays and Tuesdays, between 10am and 2pm in Exeter.

Maps & Directions

Exeter, EX1 1SR

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 user access: No


Mondays and Tuesdays 10-2

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme