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Rachel Morse

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I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling at the University of South Wales where I am currently working towards a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am currently working towards accreditation.

My training within an Integrative framework has allowed me to develop a collaborative approach to counselling, where the creation of an empathic, non-judgemental, trusting relationship between client and counsellor is the foundation for exploratory work. I recognise that feelings of distress, confusion and loss of meaning can be overwhelming for many people. My aim is to offer clients the opportunity to process thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive environment and to encourage self-empowerment and increased resilience.

My approach to counselling is influenced by a Relational Psychodynamic model. This model focuses on the way we relate to others, and how our early relationships have profound implications for our well-being in adult life.

I am also influenced by the creative aspects of Gestalt theory: I offer the opportunity to explore relationships through the use of chair work, for example. The importance of experiencing/recognising bodily sensations can, I feel, also be helpful in unlocking feelings of being restricted or trapped. I also, where appropriate, encourage the exploration of stories, images, films and music for example, as a way of facilitating a sense of self. In looking at different aspects of the self that we present to others, for example, we are able to access emotional responses that may not be fully in our awareness.

Underlying my counselling work is an awareness of existential issues – the inescapable aspects or limitations of being alive. I feel that providing a space to discuss these issues without fear of judgement can help to restore a sense of self-acceptance.

I have experience of working with adults of all ages and with a wide range of difficulties. These include anxiety, stress and depression, fertility and pregnancy, grief and loss, identity issues, low self-esteem, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, trauma and abuse.

I have further specialised training in working with emotional, physical and sexual abuse and the associated symptoms of trauma.




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Bethan Rees

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I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 

My main approach is Person-Centred, based on the idea that a client enters into a relationship where they can freely express emotions and feelings. Many people seek counselling for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes we can find life’s changes and issues difficult to understand and cope with.  Making the decision to begin therapy can feel daunting.  I aim to offer you with the opportunity to explore your concerns, distress or any difficult situation that you are experiencing in a safe, supportive, non-judgemental and confidential environment.    

I have specialist knowledge and experience in bereavement and loss, having worked in a bereavement organisation for many years with adults, children and young people.  I have gained a wealth of counselling experience and training with wide- ranging and often complex issues such as anxiety, bullying, depression, anger, low self-esteem, low self- confidence, self-harm, stress, suicidal thoughts, suicide and trauma. I offer short or long term counselling and there is no obligation or expectation; after the first session, it is your choice. 


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Shane Llewellyn

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Shane is a counselling psychologist in training at the University of West England working towards his professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Shane is a member of the British Psychology Society (MBPsS), has a degree in Psychology from Cardiff University and a certificate in Counselling from the University of South Wales.

Shane works within a relational psychodynamic model with an emphasis on a person-centred framework, which allows him to draw on the theoretical approaches from psychodynamic, person-centred and cognitive behavioral perspectives, which enables Shane the flexibility to work to meet each client’s individual’s needs.

Shane has a keen research interest in the area of psycho-social psychology which explores both the social and psychological aspects of peoples lives. Shane believes that by allowing the clients to explore their own biography from both a psychological and social aspect enables a deeper understanding of how both the social and psychological aspects of themselves are identified and understood.

This approach would benefit those who are experiencing difficulty coping, suffering from stress, depression and anxiety because it allows the client to truly explore their own unique needs and expectations within a social and psychological context. It allows the client to explore both their internal and external events, which may impact upon their ability to cope with the everyday stresses of modern living.

Shane’s research to date has focused on masculinity and how this is understood within society. Issues such as what does it mean to be a man in our society today? What are the demands and pressures of this? How do men’s identities play out in relationships, work, fatherhood, and sexuality.

Shane focuses on the psycho-social approach to help understand this and believes that through exploring both internal and external assumptions of manhood, men are able to identify with their sexuality in a more meaningful way. This can have positive effects on personal identity, interaction and relationships.

Shane has extensive training working with bereavement and experience of working with children and young adults with autism and diagnosed mental health disorders.

Shane brings a friendly, non-judgmental and relaxed approach to counselling, believing that each client is individual and unique which encourages clients to feel at ease and relaxed within the session.


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Rachel is a qualified counsellor and is a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). Rachel completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of South Wales and is currently working towards a MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. Rachel is an integrative counsellor and draws on a variety of therapeutic approaches (CBT, Psychodynamic and Humanistic) to meet the individual needs and goals of each person she works with.

Rachel has experience of working with clients in a variety of counselling agencies and within both short term and long term work.

Rachel has experience of working with the following concerns:

Anxiety and Depression; Relationship Problems; Childhood Bullying; Suicidal Thoughts; Life Transitions; Loss, Grief and Bereavement; Childhood Emotional and Physical Abuse; Work Related Stress; Low Self-Esteem; Low Self Confidence; Family Issues; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Rachel is a naturally empathic person who listens with an open heart and mind, she is compassionate and caring and will welcome you into a safe, confidential and warm space. Rachel will listen to your journey and strive to walk next to you every step of the way, with every step facilitating a new understanding of you and your world.  

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Amanda Pearce

Amanda is a qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Her qualifications include a BA(hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychology and Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling. 

The relational integrative approach that she uses blends theory and techniques from the Humanistic (Person-Centred), Relational Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) schools of Psychotherapy. This approach enables her to work in a way that can be tailored to your individual needs and goals.

At times life can be tough. We might struggle to understand or cope with obstacles, feelings or simply being "stuck". Perhaps you'd like to make sense of your experience, particular patterns in your relationships or are seeking a change of some sort. 

Amanda is passionate about providing a supportive and non-judgmental space where you can be facilitated through exploration and personal development at a pace that suits you. 

Issues that she works with include but are not limited to:

Anxiety; Depression; Mental Health problems; Self-Harm; Suicidal Thoughts; Relationship Problems; Trauma; Self Esteem; Abuse; Abortion; Family Dynamics; Personality Disorder

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Gemma Peters

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Gemma is a qualified CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Counsellor and a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). Gemma completed her Postgraduate Diploma in CBT at the University of South Wales and has a Masters in Forensic Psychology. 


Gemma’s approach explores how thoughts, feelings and behaviours interact with each other, and identifies patterns that may be maintaining a problem. CBT aims to teach effective coping strategies, tools and techniques for dealing with different problems throughout life.


Gemma has experience working with a variety of agencies, both long term and short term, online and face to face.


Gemma has experience working with the following concerns: 


Anxiety and Depression, Anger, Life Transitions, Relationship Problems, Family Problems, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Loss, grief and bereavement, Suicidal thoughts, Drug and alcohol misuse and addiction, Stress, Emotional and physical childhood abuse, Low self-esteem, Low self-confidence.


Gemma is committed to providing a supportive, non-judgemental environment; exploring your experiences and setting goals towards change. Going at your own pace, Gemma will assist in facilitating new perspectives and understanding, offering skills, tools and techniques to work towards your therapeutic goals.





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Katie Smalldon

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Kate is a qualified Integrative Counsellor having completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of South Wales and she is a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).


Kate primarily works from an existential and relational psychodynamic approach but is able to use a range of theories and techniques to benefit the individuals that she supports. 


Kate has undertaken additional training in Suicide Prevention, Mental Health, Ethics, Positive Behaviour Management, Autism, Introduction to Learning Disabilities, Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults, and Self Harm & Suicide. 


Kate has experience of supporting individuals with the following:


Life crisis, depression, anxiety, dysfunctional defence mechanisms, isolation, family/relationship conflict, relational patterns, decision-making, psychosomatic symptoms, stress, weight loss/weight gain, parenting difficulties, post-natal depression, illness/health issues, abuse, addictions, learning disabilities, anger, loss, Bipolar disorder, redundancy and trauma. 

Kate understands that every person’s experience is different, and it can be difficult to open up to someone about something that is deeply personal, so she will take the process at your own pace, offering an impartial and confidential environment which is free of judgement.