Rachel Gaster

Rachel Gaster


Registered Member MBACP

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Phone number
01686 412233

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Therapist - ABERYSTWYTH

ABERYSTWYTH SY23
01686 412233
Sessions from £52.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I am in Aberystwyth on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I have some space for online sessions on Fridays.

About me and my therapy practice

 I am a qualified psychotherapist with more than 20 years’ experience.

I offer a place where we can look at what is troubling you in a safe, supportive and confidential way. My hope is to provide a space where you can discover a deeper, kinder sense of self as well as growing more satisfying relationships in your daily life.

I have worked with many people of different ages, nationalities and faiths. They have brought a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, sadness, relationship problems, deep trauma, grief and anger.

I offer a talking therapy but within that may, if appropriate, also use drawing and other creative methods, as well as guided meditation and imagery work. In the therapy we would pay attention to past experiences and the difficulties that have brought you to seek help, but we would also start imagining the future you would like, and who you could be in that future

My core stance as a therapist is transpersonal, which means I see people as a whole; body, mind, feelings and spirit. I have a solid working knowledge of many psychotherapeutic approaches, especially those concerned with how our life experiences form us and determine how we relate to ourselves and others.

Starting therapy is a big step. An initial session is a good place to see how it feels. It is also the best place to find out if I might be the right therapist for you. If you would like to know more about how I work, or have any other questions, do phone or email me, with no obligation or charge

Practice description

I am now offering face to face sessions again. I have a Covid 19 protocol that I ask people to adhere to when coming to sessions.

My practice room in Aberystwyth is safe, private and easily accessible for all.

I also offer online sessions when it is not possible to meet in person.

My first session

Our first meeting is where we have the chance to see how we feel with each other and to check whether I am the right practitioner for you. If not, I will try to suggest someone more suitable.

During the first session we can take the time for you to tell me what has brought you to look for help. I will ask questions to try and get as full a picture as possible. You may also have questions you want to ask me.

We would then look at practicalities such as when and how often you would have sessions. If we decide to go forward we would look at my usual therapy contract and decide together if anything needs amending.

Occasionally it can take more than one session for us both to reach a decision. This is something we can discuss in our first meeting if it seems relevant.

What I can help with

Abuse, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited

Therapist - Llanidloes

Llanidloes SY18
01686-412233
Sessions from £52.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I am available face to face in Llanidloes on Wednesdays and online on Fridays.

About me and my therapy practice

I am fully qualified and a registered member of BACP. I have been working as a humanistic integrative psychotherapist in private practice since 1996. I originally decided to train after several years of personal psychotherapy. I had experienced profound change in how I related to myself and to the world and this motivated me to learn how I might give others the time and space in which they could discover a deeper, kinder sense of themselves as well as more authentic relationships.

I have integrated many approaches into my work but I would always be led by what fits you. I offer a talking therapy but also sometimes, if it is right for you, I might use drawing or other creative methods as well as guided meditation and imagery work.

I have worked with people of many different ages and nationalities and they have brought a large range of issues; from a general sense of sadness and anxiety to deep trauma, grief and anger. I have found that ultimately it is the security and safety of the therapist/client relationship that is key for enabling growth and healing.

Therapy can last for anything from a few weeks to several years. There is no rule about this. It is usually clear when someone is ready to stop. Some people like to start with a limited number of sessions and then a review and some people like open ended therapy with the possibility of reviewing when needed.

Training:

1992-1996 Amsterdam Institute of Psychosynthesis

2005-2010 Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling

Since 1991 I have followed a wide variety of self-development and professional development trainings (including Gestalt, Jungian approaches to dreams and stories and many trainings on working with trauma) and I continue to do this as an important way of enriching my work.

This year I hope to train in Narrative Exposure Therapy and will also start training as a supervisor.

My first session

Our first meeting is where we have the chance to see how we feel with each other and to check whether I am the right practitioner for you. If not I will try to suggest someone more suitable. The session would last for 1 hour.

I usually suggest that we take 30-40 mins for you to tell me what has brought you to look for help. I will ask questions to try and get as full a picture as possible.

We would then look at practicalities such as when, and how often you would have sessions.

If we decide to go forward we would look at my usual therapy contract and decide together if anything needs amending.

Ocassionally it can take more than one session for us both to reach a decision. This is something we can discuss in our first meeting if it seems relevant.

The initial session is charged at my usual rate of £52

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Relational, Transpersonal

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, Time-limited

Supervisor - Llanidloes

Llanidloes SY18
01686-412233
Sessions from £30.00

Features

  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I am available in-person on Wednesdays and online on Thursdays.

About me and my therapy practice

I am currently offering low-cost supervision as part of my current supervision training with Robin Shohet and Joan Wilmot at CTSD London.


My supervison is informed by my many years of experience. I am humanistic and relational and see my role as assisiting you to find and grow your own wisdom.

I offer a space for support and reflection as well as a space where we can shine a light on your work and find more clarity about any difficulties you may be experiencing.

Practice description


Do get in touch if you are interested in having supervision  with me.


I would sugest that we have a initial session to se if we are a good match and to discuss practicalities

Types of therapy

Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Transpersonal

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

Supervisor - Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth SY23
01686-412233
Sessions from £30.00

Features

  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I am avaialble in Aberystwyth on Tuesdays and Thursdays and in Llanidloes on Wednesdays.  I am available for online sessions on Fridays.

About me and my therapy practice

I am currently offering low-cost supervision as part of my current supervision training with Robin Shohet and Joan Wilmot at CTSD London.

My supervison is informed by my many years of experience. I am humanistic and relational and see my role as assisiting you to find and grow your own wisdom.

I offer a space for support and reflection as well as a space where we can shine a light on your work and find more clarity about any difficulties you may be experiencing.

Practice description

If you are interested in  the possibliuty of having supervision with me, do get in touch.


I would sugest that we have a initial session to see if we might be a good match and to discuss practicalities.







What I can help with

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Trauma, Women's issues

Types of therapy

Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Relational, Transpersonal

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