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About me

Hello, my name is Rah and I usually see clients in Dartington and online. Whatever you are experiencing, if you are looking for support, I’d like to encourage you and I hope this invitation might help.

Here’s a little of what I think is possible…..

My experience is that exploring together therapeutically can be a creative, relieving and freeing process. Whilst we can’t change many of the ways that life can be difficult, it is possible to find more choice in how we respond and more room for movement. Together we can engage the resources you have right now, to find a way through whatever is troubling you. My hope is that even when life feels difficult, our meeting and exploring together can be a nourishing experience.

A little about my approach
My focus is on ways that introduce some spaciousness into how we experience things, so that it’s possible to become more open and caring towards ourselves and the situations we face. I like to accompany people by meeting together what most wants attention right now and noticing what happens as we do this. There are ways to do this which are less about working hard to figure things out, and more about following with warm curiosity what simply wants expression. I find this is best supported by paying attention to present experience and what is being expressed through the body, often outside of awareness.

I can support you to become more familiar with how you get caught in particular ways of responding or trying to cope, which may be limiting and causing pain, both for yourself and those around you. This is a kind process, bringing awareness to more of your experience, to recognise and respect even contrasting parts within yourself, or aspects that have been too difficult to so far include. I would like to support you to feel closer to yourself, more resourced and steady, and able to connect in ways which are more deeply satisfying.

My influences
My meeting with people is inspired and greatly resourced by a few key influences that I have been exploring over a number of years. These are Hakomi (a mindfulness-based, body-centred psychotherapy), Focusing and Zen Buddhism. Each of these support bringing attention to present, embodied experience, to listen inwardly, with respect and receptivity. Hakomi and Focusing are both therapeutic ways which honour the clarity that we can all find within our own experiencing. Both see the practitioner as someone who accompanies you closely to find this connection and follow it.

A note about meeting online
I am confident that meeting online for therapy sessions offers a very effective alternative to in-person sessions where it is really possible to develop good contact. I hadn’t personally imagined this before the covid situation, but I am greatly encouraged. For some people it is even preferable and more convenient. If you’re not sure it’s for you, why not try a free introductory session to get a feel for what might be possible.

Interested to find out more in a free session?
Whatever you are experiencing, if you are interested to make contact, I would like to hear from you. We can arrange an initial meeting to explore how it might feel to work together, after which you can take your time to decide if you’d like to give it a try.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Counselling and Buddhist Psychology
Certificate in Focusing

Ongoing training:
Training in Hakomi (Mindfulness based body psychotherapy) 2017-present

Ongoing explorations in ‘Focusing’

I am a registered member of BACP and adhere to their ethical guidelines.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I aim to meet you in your experience of being alive, whatever that includes.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer a free introductory session of 30-40 minutes 
£40 for a one hour session
I hold some concessionary places for people who are unable to meet the full cost.

Availability

I see clients Monday - Friday in Dartington or online.  I am available for some evening sessions.

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Rah Rivers MBACP

Rah Rivers MBACP