Rachael Oldfield

Person Centred Psychotherapist and Counsellor

I am a warm and down-to-earth Psychotherapist working weekly with adults on a one-to-one basis. I can help you with anxiety, depression, anger, low self-worth, relationship difficulties (professional or personal), loneliness and isolation, bereavement and loss (in all its forms), traumatic experiences, life transitions and finding meaning, among other issues. You may have a more general sense of dissatisfaction or unease and not know exactly what's wrong or you may simply want a regular space in which to explore who you are and who you might want to be.

Whatever brings you I am committed to working with you as you sift through your difficulties and to supporting you as you find ways to move beyond them. You will decide what to talk about, at whatever pace and depth you feel comfortable and for however long you wish to meet.

My approach
Research consistently shows that it’s the quality of the therapy relationship that makes a positive difference. As a Person Centred Psychotherapist I aim to offer you a trustworthy, nurturing, and unique relationship in which you are invited to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences in safety, without fear of judgment or rejection.

Holding in mind what you are hoping for from therapy, I will work hard to understand you and what has happened to you, will respect, accept and ‘prize’ you as you are and will be genuine in my responses to you. The connection we forge will support you to find your own way forward and to grow to live in more authentic, personally fulfilling ways.

Being genuinely heard, understood and respected can be a profoundly empowering and healing experience and the benefits that counselling brings can be felt in all aspects of our lives.

What motivates us to begin a therapy journey is as individual as we are and I strive to approach every client without preconceptions, regardless of age, sexual identity, gender, belief systems, levels of ability, ethnicity or cultural and social background. My work is fully insured and I hold a current DBS certificate. As a registered member, I work within the BACP’s Ethical Code and regular, confidential supervision with a qualified Supervisor underpins my work, ensuring best practice.

I am currently in the final stages of a Masters degree in Person Centred Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute and am due to graduate in 2019. I undertake regular CPD in order to keep my practice contemporary, informed and dynamic.

Special interests
My initial academic and vocational training was in the performance arts. I bring my experience and understanding of the particular difficulties actors, musicians and dancers can face to my work with them.

In addition, my MSc dissertation research explores the experience of attending boarding school and the particular reverberations boarders might feel in their adult lives.