Dr Rachel Adams
I am a qualified Counselling Psychologist. I am registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and a member of the British Psychological Society. I am also an approved and registered provider for Aviva, AXA Healthcare and Vitality Health.
I have worked as a therapist for over twelve years and during this time I have worked within the NHS and the private sector.
In my counselling psychology role I have worked with many adults experiencing a range of difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, sadness, depression, loss of direction or meaning in life, bereavement, work stress, relationship difficulties, social anxiety, chronic pain and long term health conditions.
Before training to be a Counselling Psychologist I trained and worked as a Speech and Language Therapist specialising in the area of autism and social communication difficulties. I also worked with adults with neurological difficulties.
I regularly attend clinical supervision and engage with personal and professional development.
I also work part time as an Associate Lecturer teaching psychology and counselling within universities.
Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology - University of the West of England
Diploma in Relational Mindfulness - Karuna Institute
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology - Open University
BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy - University of Exeter and University College St Mark and St John
For the last decade and more, I have worked as an autonomous and accountable professional therapist within several NHS teams and within the private sector. During this time I have worked with many adults and children experiencing a range of psychological, emotional and communication difficulties. I have delivered individual counselling and therapy sessions, group therapy sessions and training workshops within a myriad of clinics, hospitals and therapeutic settings.
During my initial training I spent some time working within a therapeutic setting in Vancouver, Canada. I was fortunate enough to observe and work with a range of innovative and experienced therapists using arts, music, nature and animals to support psychological well-being. This experience was invaluable to my personal and professional development and the learning gained continues to contribute to my current day therapeutic thinking.
I regularly attend training sessions, talks and conferences on a range of topics related to therapeutic practice so as to keep my knowledge refreshed and up to date. Some of the most recent workshops I have attended have been on the following topics:
Compassion in Therapy Summit (2021)
Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma, NICABM (2020)
Embodied Psychology Summit (2020)
How To Do Counselling Online: A Coronavirus Primer (2020)
The Psychological Wellbeing of Healthcare Staff during Covid-19 (2020)
Suicide Prevention Summit (2020)
Rainbow Map: Integrating the Reflective Mind, Reactive Brain and Body into Practice (2020)
Safe Practice (2019)
Mindfulness in Relationship (2019)
Counselling Psychology and Coaching (2019)
Jung and Dream Analysis (2018)
Narrative Therapy (2018)
The Importance of Playfulness in the Therapeutic Relationship (2017)
Functional Imagery Training (2017)
Domestic Abuse (2017)
Medically Unexplained Symptoms (2017)
Weight Management (2017)
Working as a Supervisor (2017)
Understanding Fibromyalgia (2016)
Pain Management (2016)