Dr Rebecca Ackroyd
Mental health difficulties can affect us all and they do not discriminate. We can feel confused and alone with our problems and suffering. Talking about your feelings with a therapist can help maintain social and psychological wellbeing and can be easier to speak to someone we don't 'know' rather than a loved one. Talking therapy has been described as like going to the gym, but for your mind. It is not necessarily about ‘fixing’ anything but perhaps making some changes, developments or improvements in areas in your life that you may or may not be aware of being problematic.
Who am I?
My name is Rebecca and I am Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council. I work as a relational integrative therapist, placing the relationship between myself and my clients at the heart of our work, seeing this relationship as key to the therapeutic process.
I integrate theory and approaches from various models to tailor my approach to suit your individual needs; I respect that each person experiences events differently depending on the influences from their past experiences, past relationships, cultural background and the context in which we live. I therefore strive to understand you through your own unique lens before considering the approach that will be most beneficial.
How can I help?
At Strive to Thrive I see people from all walks of life – a mother or father, a teacher, a student or someone with physical illness or difficulties. In short, anyone and everyone, people just like you and me. It is inevitable that at times we will experience difficult feelings, or face challenges which can leave us feeling confused, afraid, isolated or distressed. These problems not only affect us, but can impact on other relationships in our lives. Counselling can provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore problems and alleviate distress.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from the University of Roehampton. I completed post-graduate training in Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology at Regent’s School of Counselling & Psychotherapy following my undergraduate Honours Degree in Psychology at the University of Durham
I work as an relational integrative therapist and I have been trained to work with a broad range of models and theories (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Person Centred Counselling and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy).
For a period of over 10 years, I have gained extensive and varied experience, in relation to different client groups and presenting issues, through my work as a therapist in NHS, private and voluntary mental health services, substance misuse projects and charity settings. I have also worked with a wide range of people from various different cultures and backgrounds who have experienced a variety of issues that includes anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, anger management and physical ill-health as well those detailed below.
I hold membership for the following organisations:
- Chartered Counselling Psychologist, CPsychol, British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
I adhere to the BPS and UKCP codes of ethics and good practice.
I continue to attend regular training courses to maintain my Chartered Status, as well as, regular supervision sessions, in accordance with the Professional Codes of conduct (BPS & HCPC).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£80 for 50 mins
Online and telephone sessions
£50 for 30 mins
Fees are payable at the end of each session by card or cash.