I'm Rachel a Qualified Child, Adolescent and Adult Counsellor.
I am a qualified person centred counsellor practising in Pershore, Worcestershire. My personal experiences and training have given me a greater understanding of how life experiences impact on our mental health. I have gained experience in general counselling within an agency that supports parents with a variety of issues and it is here that I have also counselled children and adolescents.
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 a focused time to talk freely about whatever issues you choose to work on and they will be led by you. In the safety of a confidential, accepting and supportive environment we can reprocess your experiences, thoughts, feelings and beliefs.
We may consider your presenting issues in the context of your life - past influences, experiences, significant relationships, beliefs and responses. By gaining insight into your life, your perceptions of self, others and situations will change.
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.