Rachel Freeth

Rachel Freeth

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - GLOUCESTER

Sessions from £55.00



I provide 60 minute sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays - daytime and evening.

About me and my therapy practice

Good listeners are rare. Also rare is someone who can listen from a deep and broad understanding. I have both a background working within NHS mental health services as a doctor for over 25 years, and being a person-centred therapist for almost the same length of time. Listening has therefore been the core of my working life and it has given me an understanding of the range of pain and distress people can experience, as well as the diverse backgrounds and social and cultural contexts from which these arise.

The therapy I provide is informed by my training in the person-centred approach. This approach assumes that human beings have a natural capacity to grow and develop within favourable conditions and relationships. I therefore place a key emphasis on the quality of the therapeutic relationship and I try my best to provide a warm understanding (empathy), honesty and authenticity. When received clients may experience greater self-understanding, acceptance, self-compassion and a sense of deeper meaning and purpose, from which other change may occur. 

To me, therapy at its best is a collaborative, unfolding process and I believe in the value of trusting the client to take the lead on what to explore and focus on.

Practice description

I believe the way I work can be helpful for a wide range of issues, difficulties and forms of distress and I am often able to work with people whose distress and difficulty may be particularly severe and complex. I do not 'treat' diagnoses or symptoms, but I can bring to my work my knowledge and experience of psychiatry and mental healthcare settings, including how such experiences for some people may not have been helpful or perhaps even harmful. 

I am particularly interested in how people come to make sense of things themselves and what they discover can be a strength and help. I also view body, mind and soul as an integrated whole and I try to be open to many perspectives and paths to understanding.

I work with individual, adult clients and also trainee counsellors and psychotherapists. Particular areas I can work with include

- Loss and grief

- Struggle with emotions, mood and anxiety

- Relationship difficulties

- Sexuality and issues related to gender

- Life transitions and facing important decisions

- Questions of meaning, purpose and identity

- Spiritual and religious questions and concerns

My website describes in more detail my values and attitudes, what I bring to my therapy work, as well as more about my me and my background.  It is also possible to download an information sheet which provides more detail about my practice.

My first session

Many people know the reasons why they are seeking therapy, but for others it is not very clear what they either want or need and it may take time for this to emerge. 

In our first session we will explore what the focus of our work might be and we can get a sense of what meeting together might feel like. There is no obligation to arrange any further sessions after this initial meeting.

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Person centred

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling

Languages spoken