Individual counselling sessions with adults and young people
Update October 2020 - I am currently on maternity leave and will not be offering counselling sessions until I return to work. I will update on this page when I am back. Warm wishes, Rachel
I am passionate about working with both adults and young people and believe the most important part of counselling is building a good relationship. I know from personal experience that opening up to someone new can be a nerve-wracking experience and feeling comfortable with your counsellor makes all the difference.
With this in mind, I welcome you to counselling with the understanding that you may feel anxious, unsure or sceptical and I offer you an environment that is free from criticism and where you can feel safe to be yourself.
I value warmth, compassion and transparency in my work. Though I know that I do not hold all the answers, I promise to be with you through whatever struggles or chaos you may be experiencing and help you to find ways to work through it. I am comfortable to sit with things that are difficult, traumatic, embarrassing or awkward; we are a team in counselling and I will be there alongside you.
My role is to help you explore what is going on, the areas you may feel stuck and the things that are keeping you there. I will offer encouragement alongside gentle challenges so that you are able to explore and understand these difficulties in a new way.
I am an integrative practitioner, meaning that I have trained in and use a variety of approaches in my work depending on what is best for you, including Person Centred, Gestalt, CBT, Transactional Analysis and Creative Therapies. I specialise in working with creative approaches and interventions and I offer this in my work with both young people and adults. Creative interventions basically provide another way of us working together to explore an issue if you are feeling stuck or for when it feels hard to describe something with words.
Counselling: Young people and young adults (age 14 - 25)
I specialise in working with young people and young adults and have specific training for working with these age groups.
I work with those who have experienced trauma and historical abuse, as well as issues such as bullying, self-esteem, depression, eating, self-harm and bereavement, among other areas.
Young people and young adults say they feel understood and valued in our sessions together and that after the initial (often nervous!) meeting that they have really enjoyed coming to counselling.
I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate and am fully insured.
I work with adults experiencing many issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief and loss. I am passionate about working with issues surrounding women's health.
I specialise in working with individuals who experienced difficult, negative, absent or abusive parenting as a child.
Book in your session
Individual counselling - £45
First session - £35
(Sessions are 60 minutes)
Online and telephone sessions are also available.
If you decide you would like to see me, we will arrange an initial session to give you an opportunity to experience working together and start to explore what you might like to get from counselling. This initial session is offered at a reduced rate of £35 and there is no obligation to commit to further sessions.
Telephone consultations are available free of charge.