Thank you for showing interest in my webpage. My name is Rachel Grayson I am a UKCP registered, qualified Psychotherapist and Counsellor. I offer counselling and relational psychotherapy in Chichester, West Sussex.
My practice is set in a modern, professional space, a short walk from the city centre of Chichester, West Sussex.
I have worked within a variety of charitable organisations; universities, psycho-educational agencies and I have led bereavement groups.
I work part of the week as a qualified Solicitor. Although I keep these two professions completely separate, it is partly from working in law, that I decided to build my own psychotherapy and counselling practice, in Chichester, West Sussex.
I am a member of, and abide by UKCP & EATA codes' of ethics, in particular. This means I work within these professional (and legal) limits within our work. A part of which is our therapeutic relationship. I have regular clinical supervision in London and Oxford to respect even more greatly my client confidentiality. I have an advanced CRB, and I am fully insured to work with you.
About my Training
I have completed my MSc training: Transactional Analysis Relational Psychotherapy (Awarded Distinction), which I use as a guide to work alongside you. I am interested in you - your patterns of relating to the world and others, and I would like to understand more of, what is your sense of self?
"Why do I always feel like this"?
"Why do we always feel like this"?
Transactional Analysis uses integrative approaches in counselling and psychotherapy which means that elements of psychoanalytic, humanist and cognitive approaches are integrated into the work. This theory has been around for a long time - since the 1950's and initially started to use for group therapy. It has been developed and modernised and is widely used for children and staff in schools, and adults in organisations and business, to provide solutions to better ways of working. There is much on the web about this fascinating and 'user friendly' theory, to limit its description to a couple of sentences here would do it an injustice! I am happy too, to suggest some reading, if you would find this and interesting introduction to our work together.
"Why does this always happen to me"?
"Why does this always happen to us"?
I work 'relationally' within this model, which means to me, that amongst other things, our relationship is at the heart of our work together. I can provide a safe and potent space for you to share what it is you hold. I have witnessed time and again my clients gaining a huge sense of relief from sharing what they have been trying to deal with on their own, and their surprise at how used to opening up with me they become, once our relationship has developed.
"Why do I get treated like this"?
"Why do we treated each other like this"?
Research exists which provides considerable evidence that a strong 'working alliance' is a reliable predictor of successful counselling or psychotherapy. This means that by working 'relationally', our relationship, is one of the most important aspects of or our work together. I have also posted further information on what is relational therapy in FAQ.
That initial step..can sometimes feel daunting...
Think: Am I going to allow myself the right to be happier? Or am I going to continue to allow the past or current difficulties in my life to dictate how I feel? Is it now time for you to have this chance, to make sense and move on from your past? Do you want to work through your current difficulties? Do you want to have better relationships? Are your relationships valuable to you, or do you want to move on and find new ones?
I have worked successfully with my clients with:
- Bereavement (including miscarriage & SIDS)
- Body Image
- Boarding School experiences
- Early parenting stresses
- Eating disorders and eating distress
- Exam performance (16yr+)
- Financial and business worries
- Military personnel
- Pre Nuptial Issues
- Pregnancy counselling
- Pet bereavement
- Relationships: confusion /co-dependency / betrayal / loss/ break up
- Self esteem
- Sport performance