I'm Rachel a Qualified Child, Teenage and Adult Counsellor working in Pershore.
I am a qualified person centred counsellor practising in Pershore, Worcestershire. My personal experiences, training and own therapy have given me a greater understanding of how life experiences impact on our mental health and how to be able to talk openly to a trained therapist can help to find clarity, understanding of self and a way forward. My counselling experience has been gained by working for several years within a charitable agency that supports adults with a wide range of issues and it is here that I also began to counsel children and adolescents. I now work for an organisation that provides counselling to young people and teenagers in schools and this is alongside my own private practice.
I am experienced in working with anxiety, stress, depression, loss, self esteem and many other common mental health issues. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to the BACP Framework for good practice and professional code of conduct procedure.
I follow an integrative approach which means I will tailor my work to the needs of my client to provide the right therapy. My core training is Humanistic Person Centred Therapy which offers empathy, understanding and acceptance of my client. I have no expectations of my clients and I do not offer judgements or give advice as I believe with the right support you are able to take control of your own decisions and move forward. My work is a collaboration where I help facilitate your exploration of situations to gain understanding, clarity and change. Our sessions offer time to talk freely about whatever issues you choose to work on and they will be led by you. We can also look at goal setting in our initial meeting where you may feel more comfortable in having a focus for our sessions. This can help when you have a specific goal that wants to be achieved. Our work will be done in the safety of a confidential, accepting and supportive environment where we can reprocess your experiences, thoughts, feelings and beliefs.
We may at times consider your presenting issues in the context of your life - childhood, past influences, experiences, significant relationships, beliefs and responses. By gaining insights into your life, how you relate to others and your own perceptions of self will be the first steps towards changing your situation and redefining the person you want to be.
Working With Children and Young Adults
I have experiences of working with children and young people and helping them to navigate the challenges of their different stages of life. This also includes dealing with the pressures of school and family life. Whilst I welcome the support of parents in referring their child for help it is important for me that the young person makes the decision to want to engage and be part of a counselling relationship. My work with children and teenagers often centres around more creative interventions. This helps my younger clients to explore and express their feelings in a safe way. I use tools such as LEGO, drawing, sand tray, feeling cards which often helps communicate unexpressed feelings and thoughts. With older children counselling offers a unique relationship where they are able to talk through their feelings and thoughts in a safe and secure space where they can be fully accepted and heard.
If you want to hear more about how I work with children then please call me and we can talk further.