Taking the first steps towards therapy is a brave and personal journey.
I will ensure that you are safe and supported.

I can help you view your current situation through a new lens of light, depth and clarity.  Together, we can change old and unhelpful perspectives and feelings about yourself and your life, and ultimately help you make positive changes.​  Learning how to put the pieces of your puzzle back together with compassion and sensitivity will create empowering changes, leading to loving your life and accepting every aspect of it.  It might be the most important journey you will ever make.

Rachel Barlow Counsellor
Rachel Barlow

I am an experienced person-centred psychotherapeutic counsellor, in long and short-term therapy working within the NHS and in private practice.  A Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work to a strict ethical and confidentiality code as set out in the BACP Ethical Framework.

Training and qualifications:

BA (Hons) Dip Humanistic Counselling – University of Chichester
Certificate in Counselling Skills – University of Chichester
Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health – University of Lincoln

Bacp Registered
Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

I am actively engaged in continued professional development.

Therapy

There are times when the challenges of life can make us feel emotionally overwhelmed and isolated, and it may feel difficult to talk about how we feel to those who are closest to us.  We can experience crises such as a sudden trauma or loss which makes coping with every-day life a struggle.  Sometimes we experience personal difficulties with their roots buried in past trauma and sometimes we just don’t know what is wrong.

I offer a person-centred psychotherapeutic approach, in a safe, non-judgmental space where any issues can be explored in complete confidentiality.  Through exploring problems together, I will help you to discover a deeper understanding of yourself; to help you grow and conquer issues that may previously have been experienced as all-consuming or overwhelming.  We will look at your problems in the present and identify the roots of these problems from your past, exploring here and now possibilities for coping with and for improving your life.

Online Therapy

Online therapy is becoming increasingly popular for people who find it safer and more convenient.  This means you can continue to get the support you need at a time that fits around your schedule whilst in the comfort of your own home.  Online therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy.

Why Online Therapy Could Be a Good Option for You:

  • It could be more practically and financially feasible for you, as you don’t have to travel long distances to see a therapist and it can fit around you and your time. This may especially suit people living in remote areas.
  • You can access online therapy from the comfort of your home.
  • It may feel less scary to ‘meet’ someone online rather than face to face and it can sometimes feel easier to talk about difficult issues this way due to the sense of security it can provide.
  • Online counselling can work well as a steppingstone for someone wanting to transition to face to face counselling, such as those with social anxiety.

Walk and Talk Therapy

The therapeutic healing powers of being with nature have been proven time after time and are without doubt.  I offer Walk and Talk therapy where we can talk about issues whilst walking in a mutually agreed, nature rich location where you feel safe and secure, without the constraints of a therapy room.

You might have already tried traditional counselling and it was not for you; Walking and Talking could be the alternative.  If you are feeling nervous or anxious about counselling, then consider the great outdoors for talking about your worries and problems.  Some people find it more comfortable to talk when meandering along a country path or breathing in the sea air when strolling along the shoreline.  You will set the pace of the walk and choice of park bench stops.
Whatever the problems are; sadness, depression, anxiety, loss and grief or any life transition, they can be therapeutically talked through while walking together.

Booking an Appointment

The free, initial 30 minute phone consultation is a space for planning a way forward, establishing the frequency of sessions, discussing expectations about the length (and outcome) of therapy, booking an appointment and considering, when necessary, possible referrals to other professionals.

I have daytime and evening appointments available.  We will normally meet at the same time every week.

Fees

Regular sessions cost £50 for 50 minutes.

Locations

I practice from conveniently located therapy rooms in Chichester and Bognor Regis.  Both locations have free, off-road parking, disabled access, toilet facilities and are a 10-minute walk from the train and bus stations. There are also nearby bus stops.

If, for whatever reason, you’d rather not visit the therapy rooms, I offer online and telephone sessions which can be blended with face to face meetings for convenience, or walk & talk sessions.

The Friends Meeting House
6, Victoria Drive, Bognor Regis
West Sussex PO21 2RJ

St Paul’s Parish Centre
Churchside, Chichester
West Sussex PO19 6FT

Contact

Please get in touch on 07802 513 143
If I am unable to answer your call please leave me a message, including your name and number and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  I aim to contact you within one working day.

Email: rachelbarlow-counselling@outlook.com
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