Hello, I'm Rachel, and I am from Bath, England. For the last 20 years, my husband and I have lived in Dunfermline, Scotland with our son, who is now a trained actor and the lead singer in a band, and our cocker spaniel called Marley.
For over 30 years, I have worked across the UK, for businesses, charities and the public sector in management, human resources, and learning & development.
In 2006, I qualified as a counsellor of adults. Since then, I have added an MA in child and adolescent psychotherapy, clinical supervision and a Diploma in Training and Development to my portfolio. With children's mental health at the centre of my professional life, I founded the charity Headroom in 2008, providing specialist one-to-one counselling for disadvantaged children and young people, working through difficult emotional and psychological issues.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and have written a series of articles for the BACP Children & Families Journal.
The Wellbeing Academy was established in 2016, and I am delighted to be working with a team of qualified and student counsellors. I am also excited to have worked with my son Sam, over the 2020 lockdown on our podcast 'A Parent-Teen Connection'.
I am also committed to supporting and encouraging the professional development of other counsellors along with my colleague, Moira Hood. We deliver a post-qualifying accredited course, called 'Children Matter' that equips therapists to counsel children and young people. (www.essentialtraining.associates).
I believe that my clients can navigate difficult and complex issues in their lives when offered a safe and emotionally supportive therapeutic space. They are then able to journey through and past problems by creating the foundations for a prosperous life.
I aim to empower my clients to think, behave and feel differently about their situation and future. Then they can start to positively influence their lives and the lives of those around them.
Please contact me if you would like our help or want to find out more.