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 counselling psychologist. Since then, I have added child psychotherapy and life coaching 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. This lasted for more than 12 years and was a tremendous privilege, and along with a team of skilled counsellors, we helped over 2000 children and young people embark on the road to fulfilling their potential.
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. I am also a qualified clinical supervisor of counsellors and psychotherapists meeting monthly as part of their ethical and professional practice.
The Wellbeing Academy was established in 2016, and I am delighted to be working with a team of counsellors, psychotherapists, life coaches and trainers. I also provide placements for trainee counsellors. I work with adults, children, young people and organisations providing a range of quality wellbeing programmes and services focussing on boosting resilience, enhancing emotional wellbeing and promoting positive mental health.
I am passionate about equipping parents and school staff with the knowledge and resources to feel confident and skilled when helping the children in their care.
I am especially pleased to be partnering with The Resilience Doughnut, adding their workshops to my training portfolio.
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).
Please contact me if you would like our help or want to find out more.