About me

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

My experience is that exploring together therapeutically can be a creative, relieving and freeing process. I’d like to help you to discover more choice in how you respond to situations and more room for movement in those places where you get stuck. Even when life feels difficult, our meeting together can be a nourishing experience so that more becomes possible.

A little about my approach
I like to accompany people by giving attention to what most wants expression right now and noticing what happens as we do this. I can help you to listen more closely and with kindness to your experience, because possibilities open up from here. I find this is best supported by paying attention to present experience, including what is naturally being expressed through the body. I trust this is more fruitful and informative than working hard to try to figure things out. It gets below the rounds of thinking you have probably got caught in if you’re struggling.

Together we can better understand your particular ways of responding or trying to cope, which may be limiting and causing pain, both for yourself and those around you. We can bring 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. These are Hakomi (a mindfulness-based, somatic psychotherapy), Focusing and Zen practice. Each of these support bringing attention to present, embodied experience, to listen inwardly, with respect and receptivity.

Hakomi and Focusing both recognise 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 with yourself and to follow it.

Hakomi is a creative way of exploring what is already naturally being expressed, beyond the words we use, which is often outside of awareness and not attended to. When we listen to the body, we have ready access to better understand what we are doing that limits possibilities. Once we become aware of what we do habitually, then we open the way to more choice in how we respond to life and more satisfying experiences and connections.

A note about meeting online
I am confident that meeting online offers an effective alternative to in-person sessions, where it is really possible to develop a good connection. I hadn’t imagined this before the covid situation, but I am greatly encouraged. For some people it is 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 free 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
Further diploma in psychotherapy. This core training was 4 years duration. 

I have also completed the 3 year Training in Hakomi (Mindfulness based body psychotherapy). I continue to study this approach and am working towards certification. 2017 - present

Certificate 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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer a free introductory session of 30-45 minutes.
After that the cost is £45 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 Totnes and Dartington or online.  I am available for some evening sessions.

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Rah Rivers

Rah Rivers