Qualifications, Experience and Trainings

  • Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling      (CPCAB) Qualified in 2005
  • Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) ( 2007)
  • United Kingdom Register of Counselling and Psychotherapists      (UKRCP)
  • Penny Parks (PICT) Well Formed Outcome Workshop 
  • CBT Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy 
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 
  • South Somerset Mind – 2 day training on Personality Disorders
  • Assertiveness Training – Somerset County Council
  • Workshop with Professor Julia Buckroyd – Disordered Eating, Attachment theory and a new way of working
  • Introduction to Embodied Counter-Transference and Projective Identification work.  A one day introduction to Body work.
  • Assessment Training 
  • Couples Counselling – Post Diploma Intensive Training
  • Understanding and supporting the impact of  developmental trauma in vulnerable children in early years – Jane Evans
  • Caroline Spring – PODS – Trauma Dissociation and Recovery – Healing the Brain
  • Experience of short-term solution-focussed work within the NHS ( 2 years)

  • 2020 – Understanding reactions to the Covid 19 pandemic – Insights from the Polyvagal therory and the Oxytocin hypothesis (Dr Stephen Porges and Prof. Sue Carter)
  • 2020 – Trauma Super Conference
  • 2021 – Reiki I & Sound Healing Practitioner Training
  • 2023 – Dealing with Affairs – Juliet Grayson

– Approved Practitioner for Aviva Insurance

– Approved Counsellor for Hammett Street Consultants, Taunton, Somerset since 2013 (supporting GPs and Drs within Somerset, and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service)

– Approved Counsellor for WPA

– Approved Counsellor for The Retail Trust Charity

– Experienced of working with Emergency Services Staff – Police and Fire personnel

– Approved Counsellor for Police Firearms Officers Association

– Approved Counsellor for Anxiety UK

I am particularly influenced by the work of Carl Roger, Dr Stephen Porges, and Bessel Van Der Kolk

I am committed to ongoing personal development, with a keen interest in working with trauma, neurobiology and polyvagal theory.   I work with clients who have  anxiety and a whole range of debilitating symptoms resulting from trauma.  Our aim is to live comfortably within our bodies – and for our nervous system to be regulated so we can thrive.

Contact me: 01458834302

Email: Rachaelbark@gmail.com