Rachel Shattock DawsonAfter graduating in Psychology at the University of Hull, I moved to Loughborough University and joined a consultancy group there, working in occupational psychology.

I left to join Cosmopolitan magazine to set up a courses and careers division for readers, developing and running more than 100 personal development courses. We covered everything from management development, assertiveness training and negotiation skills, to life planning, sexuality workshops and public speaking.

I continued to work in publishing for several years, working as a magazine editor and later as a director at several London media agencies. However, there came I time when I was ready to return to my roots in psychology, and so I went back to uni to study for an MA and completed the 3-year postgraduate training in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy at Roehampton University. My experience includes working as a counsellor and psychotherapist in the NHS, at Kingston Hospital, in the voluntary sector (in addiction counselling), as well as running my own business and private practice.

My qualifications:

MA Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
BA (Hons) Psychology
RSA Assessor Award (NVQ level 4 – degree level)
Certificate in Clinical Supervision (British Psychological Society approved)

Registered MBACP (full Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).
I work within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and to their standards of professional conduct.