Rachel Carey

Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy

I'm Rachel Carey and I offer Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work with anything you bring - your relationship challenges, family matters, addictions, feelings, stress and anxiety, loss or grief, trauma, childhood struggles, low self-esteem and grappling with a desire for change and direction in your life.


About About

I am a qualified Integrative Counselling Therapist and also completing a Masters degree in Integrative Psychotherapy at The Metanoia Institute. I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and a trainee member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I am insured by Balens Insurance.  

I have over 20 years experience of working with individuals, families and communities across the UK and abroad in health, statutory and voluntary sector settings, including central and local government and the NHS. Enabling individuals to build resilience, reach their potential and access what they need is something I feel strongly about. I have been involved through my work in managing staff, projects, providing both training and mentoring. I have worked more recently as a therapist at Kinergy in Bristol, and at Cotswold Counselling. I currently work for The Gloucestershire Counselling Service as a therapist and assessor.

The opportunity of therapy provides a safe space in which to share and explore how we experience the world. It can also develop an understanding of our potential and choices moving forward.

Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy

Talking in confidence about what is on your mind...

Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • You may be feeling anxious or depressed

  • Are you finding relationships or work challenging?

  • Could you be feeling overwhelmed or frightened?

  • You may be experiencing a loss of meaning or having distressing memories

  • Are you struggling with being a parent?

  • Perhaps things are feeling chaotic or confusing?

I aim to provide a safe space in which to explore what has brought you to seek therapy, to understand the influences and experiences that form who you are. I will work alongside you to find a way through difficulties and challenges, enabling you to feel a sense of connection to yourself and others that will strengthen you to move forward in your life with an awareness of your potential for growth and change.

Sometimes we can feel that putting our feelings into words is not easy. If this is your experience, I will work with you through relaxation techniques, exercises and non-threatening methods to place you at your ease and begin to find expression for feelings that are felt, but are out of reach or locked away.


My approach is:
  • Relational/Psychoanalytic - how we relate to ourselves and others in the here and now provides clues to understanding our past, our current blocks or struggles and our sense of self moving forward.  Sometimes what emerges can feel difficult. I will engage with you wholeheartedly in this process. I offer a commitment to exploring these complexities together alongside you rather than analysing you objectively. 
  • Integrative - Just as there are many parts of ourselves that need attending to in seeking counselling and psychotherapy, there are several theoretical models that can add understanding to our struggles. I will be lead by what you bring and working together to find an understanding that feels helpful to you. I will use my skills, experience and knowledge to listen carefully and respond in depth. 
  • Contextual - Where we grow up, our home, community, education, life chances, nationality, class, faith, race, sexual orientation, age, health, disabilities - all of these influence who we are and how we feel in relation to others. Power processes run deep in society and in ourselves. I work together with individuals in an anti-oppressive way to understand the internal and external power processes that we struggle with.
  • Transpersonal - How do we make sense of our experience, our impact, value and meaning? It is often through addressing these questions relating to our existence that potential can be unlocked and transformation takes place. Sometimes this aspect of ourselves can be explored through symbolism, dreams or a sense of attunement to a broader collective human experience. 
  • Humanistic -  if we are able to find safety, authenticity, empathy and value in relationship to others, I believe that each of us holds the potential for development and change.


The Metanoia Institute
  • MSc Integrative Psychotherapy 2014- present
  • Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling 2017
Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Foundation Certificate in Humanistic Psychotherapy and Counselling 2014
  • Listening Skills 2013
The University of Edinburgh
  • MA Social Anthropology 2001
I have undertaken extensive psychoanalytic, psycho-dynamic and integrative therapy during my own life and as a requirement of my training. I have regular and rigorous clinical supervision of my work with supervisors who are members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy  and The UK Council of Psychotherapists.

What happens at the initial appointment

What happens at the initial appointment
The initial session is designed to give both of us an opportunity to meet and reflect on whether counselling can be of help to you.

This first appointment can last up to 60 minutes and is charged at £40. During the session you will have space to talk freely about what has brought you to seek counselling, your understanding of the current challenge and how it impacts upon your life and relationships at the moment. I will also ask about your goals in coming to therapy, the history and context of the problem and what you are seeking to change.

I will ask some questions relating to your current and past health, your key relationships (such as family, friends and work) and your wider support networks.

You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions. We will also discuss confidentiality and data protection, the counselling process and how the appointments are set up. If you decide you would like to have counselling there will be a small amount of paperwork.

You are welcome to speak with me by phone or email for an informal discussion or to arrange an initial appointment.
I have both daytime and evening availability.
Cost: £40 per session  - (a limited number of low-cost places are available depending on salary, please contact me to discuss this).


I hold counselling and psychotherapy appointments in consulting rooms situated in a central location in both Stroud and Bristol, close to public transport links and with nearby car parking. Directions will be sent to you on request.

Please feel free to contact me by phone or email. All messages are treated confidentially.

***PLEASE NOTE: due to the Covid-19 virus, I am now offering new and existing clients sessions by video or telephone call only. This is to minimise the risk to my clients and myself of spreading the virus*** I HAVE TWO FREE SPACES AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ARE IMPACTED BY CORONAVIRUS, INCLUDING FRONTLINE WORKERS. I AM ALSO OFFERING REDUCED SESSION RATES FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FINANCIALLY IMPACTED BY THE SITUATION. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

Tel: 01453 751310
Mob: 07972890338
Email: contact@rachelcareytherapy.com

Links and Recommended Reading


Local services providing counselling for individuals, families, in schools, for businesses and couples

Gloucestershire Counselling Service

Cotswold Counselling - includes home visits

Listening post

Local and national Mental Health Support:

2gether NHS Foundation Trust


The Samaritans


The following books give accessible accounts of the process of therapy:

"Loves Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy" by Irvin Yalom

"The Impossibility of Sex" by Suzy Orbach

"The Myth of the Untroubled Therapist" by Marie Adams

"Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead" by Brene Brown

"Trauma and Recovery" by Judith Herman