- Are you looking for an experienced counsellor who can support you through difficult times and help you understand yourself better?
- Someone with expertise in dealing with trauma, grief, or loss who can help you come to terms with what has happened to you?
- Do you need someone to help you with lack of confidence, low self-esteem, family difficulties…?
- A compassionate, caring individual who can provide a safe space for you to share?
I set up Gower Bay Counselling to offer counselling support to people who have long term conditions and those experiencing terminal illness, additionally I support those who are bereaved or those with other struggles such as needing support with confidence and self-esteem. I work with adults (of any age) and young people, I see children from age 11 years. I also work with families and carers.
I am empathetic, compassionate and non-judgmental, providing a safe space for clients to share their thoughts and feelings.
If you are experiencing a crisis and require urgent support, please contact your GP or dial 111 out of hours. Alternatively, call the Samaritans on 116 123. If your enquiry does not require an urgent response, please leave me a message and I will return your call.
My name is Rachel Woollacott and I am a person-centred counsellor and founder of Gower Bay Counselling, based in the beautiful Mumbles.
I spent 23 years in the NHS, working as a nurse before training as a humanist counsellor and spending four years counselling. This gave me a detailed understanding of how long-term physical and psychological conditions can have a detrimental impact on someone’s quality of life.
Before I set up my own counselling business, I was nursing in the community for more than 20 years. I have practiced as a District Nurse, Chronic Conditions Nurse and Oxygen Nurse. During my career, I began to realise that the people I was caring for and their families/carers needed more than just the physical assistance to help them to manage their conditions. Often, the patients/carers needed to talk with someone about what was happening to them or their loved one. This led me to want to be able to offer counselling and five years ago I began training as a counsellor. The last three years I practiced as a bereavement counsellor and counsellor for people with serious health conditions within the NHS.
- Oxford Learning Path: Induction – Band 5 Nurses to Specialist Palliative Care
- Telephone and Online Foundation Course for Student and Qualified Counsellors
- Level 2 & Level 3 Counselling Skills
- BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Advanced Specialist Training in Counselling Children and Young People
- BTEC National Diploma in Childcare
- Diploma in Registered Nursing – Adult Branch
- BSc in Community Health Studies – District Nursing pathway
- BSc in Community Health Studies
- Post Graduate Diploma at Level 4 in Public Health and Partnership Working
- Non Medical Prescribing
- COPD Plus (Expert Patient Programme) Tutor training
- Managing Respiratory Conditions in Primary Care (Level 6)
I provide person-centred Humanist counselling. This is an extremely effective model of therapeutic counselling that was established more than 50 years’ ago. It aims to help you develop a better understanding of who you are and why you are feeling the way you feel. Through greater self-awareness you will be able to explore different approaches to overcoming your problems.
- Online and Telephone Counselling
- One-to-one counselling
- Walk and talk therapy
- Home visits
- Flexible hours to suit you
I am DBS checked and fully insured. I offer a free phone consultation so we can discuss what you are hoping to achieve and how I might be able to help you. If you are happy to proceed with counselling sessions, we will sign a contract setting out how we will work together.