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Rachel Plytas

Rachel Plytas BA MBACP (Snr Accred)
Senior Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Availability: Weekday daytime (not currently accepting BUPA referrals)

Mode:  In person & online

Cost: Adults £60, Young People £65 (age 16+ only).

Insurances Accepted: PruHealth / Vitality, Aviva


BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor
UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (BACP Course Accredited)
University Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Advanced Diploma in Counselling
Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills
Cruse Bereavement Counselling Training


I am a Senior Accredited member of the BACP with over thirteen years of experience in providing counselling interventions to individual adults and to young people aged from 11 years.

I have extensive experience of providing short-term therapeutic interventions (4 to 8 sessions) as well as longer-term explorative counselling in private practice, educational settings, Employee Care Service Provider referrals and in the voluntary sector

What do I offer?

Short or long-term counselling to individuals for help with the following concerns:
Depression (mild/moderate/severe)
Stress (life/work/school)
Relationship difficulties (adult/adult, parent/child)
Loss or Bereavement
Difficult life transitions
Low self esteem & low confidence

Approach and orientation

I initially trained in three different theoretical approaches: Existential, Person-Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). My work has evolved over the years to combine aspects of all three, with further inspiration from continued professional development in Gestalt Therapy, Jungian Analysis, dream work and art therapy.

Philosophy on counselling and psychotherapy

I believe that emotional distress, discomfort or unhappiness is often caused by being disconnected or out of sync with who we really are. In everyday life, we respond to events in ways that are often unhelpful or counterproductive to our happiness or sense of wellbeing. These responses stem from learned patterns of behaviour or ways of being that have become ingrained in how we present to the world. These responses play out most often at an unconscious level where, even when we may be aware of what we are doing, we are not in touch with the root cause of why we are doing it.

For me, personal therapy is about finding solutions to the problems that present in our lives. It’s about taking the time to allow and recognise how you feel and then exploring to understand why you feel it.  I believe that knowledge is power, and the more that we are able to understand ourselves and how the events in our lives have shaped us and influence us now, the better able we are to take charge of our lives and not be swept along in repeated and unhelpful patterns of thinking or behaviour.

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