About me

My name is Rachel Cook and I am a fully qualified UKCP registered Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and Trainer. I have worked in psychotherapy and education for over 20 years.

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Personal Approach

I offer counselling, psychotherapy and mediation to individuals, couples, families and groups, specialising in relationship problems and couples and family therapy. I am passionate about helping people resolve the relational problems they are experiencing and, having worked as a qualified secondary school teacher and Head of Pastoral Care in schools, I am also experienced at working with children and teens. I am also a well qualified and experienced Clinical Supervisor and Trainer for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

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Integrative psychotherapist specialising in Transactional Analysis

I am in integrative therapist, which means that I bring together all the different aspects of my training and experience to find the best way of working with each individual.

  • Read more about Transactional Analysis

    Transactional Analysis:  My initial Masters degree was in Relational Transactional Analysis (TA) psychotherapy, a psychological theory of human personalities, behaviour and relationships.   TA’s basic philosophy is that all people are of value and have the right to be accepted and treated with respect.  Importantly, Transactional Analysis works from the premise that people can change, however deep-rooted their difficulties.

    Relational TA combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy; it thus can be used to help you manage your problems by understanding and changing your thinking and behaviour, as well as exploring and changing deeper and sometimes unconscious psychological processes to better understand the reasons for your behaviour and feelings in order to resolve any difficulties.

    Another essential aspect of TA is contracting, ensuring that we agree together the path you would like your therapy to take.  My aim is to understand you and your needs, and work with you in a way that feels safe, supportive and appropriately challenging to help you make the changes that you want to make in your life.

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Qualifications

Your mental and emotional wellbeing is precious so it is vital that you go to a fully trained and qualified therapist. My qualifications include:

• UKCP registered Psychotherapist
• MSc in Psychotherapy (Middlesex University)
• Oxford graduate (Philosophy, Politics and Economics)
• Certified Transactional Analyst (Metanoia Institute, Ealing)
• Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
• Advanced practitioner Couples Counselling training (Metanoia Institute)
• Cambridge post-graduate (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education)
• Enhanced DBS certificate
• Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Metanoia Institute)
• Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (European Association of Transactional Analysis)
• Designated Safeguarding Lead training
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  • “Thank you for listening to me and helping me to work through some very difficult memories and issues.”
    Eloise G
    Highcliffe, Dorset
  • “You have helped me learn how to care and be kind without taking too much responsibility for other people’s happiness.”
    Lisa
    Winchester, Hampshire
  • “Thank you for everything, Rachel! Your professionalism, kindness and empathy have gone a very long way to getting me back to a place where I feel happy. You are a very special and talented lady”
    Patricia W
    Ringwood, Hampshire

Membership of professional bodies

Psychotherapy (UKCP)

I am a registered and accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and adhere to their ethical framework for Good Practice.

Transactional Analysis

I am a member of the European Association of Transactional Analysis and the International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis.

Enhanced DBS checked

I hold an enhanced DBS (CRB) certificate

Safeguarding Lead

Trained as a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Metanoia Institute, London.

I am a member of the Metanoia Institute, London.

Contact me today

I offer an initial consultation, with no further obligation, to help you decide whether you think counselling with me will be helpful.

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  • UKCP psychotherapy
  • professional standards authority
  • DBS Checked
  • Metanoia Institute