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Our Counsellor:

Rachel Nelmes BA (Hons) 

Working from a person-centred basis... you, the client, is the expert in the room. 
Rachel has been working with charity organisations in and around the Preston and Greater Manchester areas and has gained experience and knowledge working with a wide variety of both clients and presenting issues.
Working with all genders, all age groups from 12 years upwards (fully DBS checked), from all different cultural, religious backgrounds and abilities. Rachel is able to connect with clients on all different levels. 
Rachel's training has allowed her to branch out into other theories of practice. Gaining a first-class degree in counselling has given her the ability to use a range of methods through your time with her....such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), Mindfulness, NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), Brief/Time limited therapy, and Solution Focused.
Depending upon the issue and yourself depends upon how many sessions you will want. Some clients will need 6 sessions, some more. Rachel will spend some time with you talking about your expectations regarding how many sessions you want and through discussion you will both agree upon a time scale.

Full-time BA (Hons) Counselling degree at Blackburn University, Lancashire. England. 

Awarded: Distinction  1st class degree, from University of Lancaster.

• Person-centred Therapy
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 
• Motivational Interviewing (MI) Therapeutic Approach 
• Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Therapeutic Approach 
• Solution Focused Therapy
• Brief Therapy

Post Graduate Certificate In Autism and Aspergers Sheffield Hallam University

Awarded: Distinction from Sheffield Hallam

Online Therapist Institute; Cyber Therapist Certificate 

Awarded in 2019


Safeguarding certificate 2022, 2024

Rachel is currently in her final year of MSc in Autism and Neurodivergence which she hopes to complete in early 2025

Qualified counsellor



Private counselling


Self esteem 




Inside the building for Understanding Autism Northwest;

25 Warner Street,  Accrington BB5 1HN

5 minute walk from local car parks and Accrington train station

Limited parking outside the building 





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