Rachelle Mather (formerly Schofield) MBACP Dip.Couns Dip.CBT
It never ceases to amaze me, the strength and courage my clients have in taking that first step into counselling; to meet a complete stranger and trust them with your innermost thoughts, fears and feelings - and I can only say that, because I have been there myself. I have been in your shoes, searching for 'something' to help me and it is the best thing I ever did. Not only did counselling allow me to work through very difficult times and uncover things I wasn't aware of, it allowed me to see things for what they really are and to make the right choices for me. I made positive changes to my life and accepted the things that I could not change - the relief! It wasn't easy, but this acceptance empowered me to move forward, not only to a place where things make more sense, but to a place where I can help people.
I absolutely love what I do. I consider it a tremendous privilege to have helped and worked alongside so many people who have undergone personal growth and development, making sustainable changes to their lives for the better.
Clients and colleagues say that one of my strengths is building a solid rapport and trusting relationships; I can offer you a safe space where you can be really heard. I can help you explore any issues and uncover, or make sense of, what is not working in your life right now. Together, we can draw on your strengths, ideas and abilities to work towards creating positive change in your life and reach your full potential; together we can find the best version of you.
How might therapy help you?
Counselling and psychotherapy can help with specific areas of your life such as depression, low mood, stress, anxiety, loss, grief & bereavement, childhood abuse & neglect, domestic abuse, (complex) trauma, low self esteem, confidence, bullying, anger management, work-related stress, relationship issues and family difficulties, feeling down and suicidal thoughts, to name a few.
It could be that you don't know exactly what's troubling you, you just know that you feel stuck and unable to move forward. With the right counsellor, therapy allows you the safety and luxury to self-indulge and explore your thoughts, feelings and emotions; it can help you to put things into perspective and make positive changes to your life.
Why work with me?
Testimonials from clients:
"We have both been on this incredible journey together Rachelle and I cannot express my gratitude enough. You say I have done all the work, well that's not so. You have been there to listen to all my woes, to laugh and cry with me and support ME in a way I have never had before. Instead of me floundering in a sea of emotions, you have gently guided me to quieter waters and shown me that I have worth!!! Only you have achieved that, only you have made me see and understand. You deserve a medal and I hope one day you will receive one! To say a simple 'Thank You' seems lame, but I do Thank You with all my heart. Many, many thanks." ~ R from St.Helens.
"Thank you for listening. You have given me the confidence to move forward and I feel able to cope." ~ M from St.Helens.
”Rachelle, I cannot thank you enough, for all the understanding and empathy you have shown me. I could not have done this without you. Because of you, I now understand myself better; I am stronger and more confident. Love x.” ~ S from St.Helens.
“Rachelle has really helped me these past few months during a busy and confusing time in my life. Rachelle’s approach to let me guide our discussions made me feel so at ease and led to a lot of very beneficial conversations.
I have worked with several counsellors in my life, and I can wholeheartedly recommend Rachelle as the best I have had the pleasure of meeting. Rachelle’s empathy and compassion is the driving force in our conversations which helped me get as much as I did out of our sessions.” ~ L from Widnes.
I run my private practice in St.Helens. The building is discreet with newly refurbished, comfortable therapy rooms and various options of car parking nearby. It is only a two minute walk away from St.Helens Central Station and the bus station. A warm welcome and complimentary refreshments will be available on arrival. The building is also wheelchair friendly, with therapy rooms available both up and downstairs.
Alongside my private work, I am also an integral part of The Counselling Hub - a handpicked group of therapists who work alongside eachother, specialising in many different areas of counselling, coaching and mentoring. If what I can offer is not quite what you are looking for, I can find a therapist to suit you and get you the help you need.
I trained for five years to become a fully qualified Counsellor & Psychotherapist and went on to become a fully qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) deepens my effectiveness as a reflective practitioner and helps me to grow daily. I am also a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) which means that my qualifications and status are professionally recognised and I work within their strict professional framework and code of ethics.
The Next Steps
Taking those next steps can often leave clients feeling nervous and confused; please be assured that I will endeavour to make the process as smooth as possible for you.
If you feel that you would like to work with me, please don't hesitate to get in touch. I am
contactable via email, text or telephone and you will find my details at the top of this page. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to me and I'd like to reassure you that your name and contact details are kept totally private. Once you have taken that step to make contact, we will arrange an initial consultation, to talk about how counselling might help you and how we can work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills & Theory.
I am an experienced therapist working in private practice, with a wide range of clients, issues, situations and circumstances.
Continuous Professional Development:
Trauma & the Body: Dissociation & Somatisation 2018
Dissociative Identity Disorder & Dissociation: The Fundamentals 2018
Creative Journaling 2018
Addiction & Recovery 2018
Treating Trauma 2017
Working on the Edge of Darkness 2017
Working with grief using a Gestalt approach 2016
Carers Information & Support 2016
Data Protection 2016
Maintaining Professional Boundaries 2016
Meeting the complex needs of people with dementia 2015
A Person-Centred approach to working with people with dementia 2015
Safeguarding vulnerable adults 2015
Safeguarding children and younger people 2014
Working with Anxiety 2014
Working with Depression 2013
Dreams in Counselling: a Gestalt approach 2013
Therapeutic group work facilitation 2013
Working creatively in therapeutic practice 2013
Shared Reading; a Therapeutic Approach 2013
Helping Children build Self Esteem 2013
Data Protection 2013
Reiki First Degree 2012
Mindfulness Skills in the Therapeutic Setting 2012
Working with suicidal thoughts and feelings 2012
Self Harm Awareness 2011
Working with Depression 2011
Working with Anxiety 2011
Understanding loss & bereavement 2010
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Dementia awareness - carers information & support
My sessional rate for 1:1 therapy is £50
with Couples Counselling offered at a rate of £70 per hour.
*Fees for Employee-Assist programmes and corporate services available on request.
If you would like any further information about the counselling process, something about myself &/or how I work and how I might be able to help you, please don't hesitate to ask - no question is a daft question! I am approachable, friendly and available via your preferred method of contact; email, text or call - if I am unavailable at that particular time, I will get back to you within 24 hours.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile, I do hope that you have found it helpful.