Rachel Coles, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Rachel Coles

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Rachel Coles, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Rachel Coles

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About Me

As an experienced CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) Systemic Family Psychotherapist, and Clinical Supervisor, I am passionate about working with children, young people and their families supporting them to improve their mental health. I am registered with both UKCP (United Kingdom for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and AFT (Association for Family Therapy).

I have a particular interest and experience in working with eating disorders and Disordered Eating difficulties. I am trained to run Multi-Family Therapy Groups for those living with Anorexia Nervosa.

As a Family Therapist, I have worked with a wide range of mental health difficulties, including eating disorders, attachment difficulties, depression, anxiety, self harm, emotional regulation, and trauma. I have significant experience of working within multi-disciplinary teams, with a diverse range of professionals that might be involved in your care.

I have previously managed a Family Intervention Service for children with complex disabilities and life limiting conditions. Prior to that I worked within the field of Acquired Brain Injuries, I have a good understanding of the challenges that may arise from physical health difficulties.

I hold a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Clinical & Health Psychology. I completed my four year post-graduate Systemic Family Psychotherapy Training through both the University of Plymouth (Foundation & Intermediate level), and the University of Exeter (MSc qualifying level training). During this time I worked both in a psychosis clinic within Adult Mental Health Services, and within CAMHS, including within an Attachment Narrative Therapy Clinic. I have a Post-Graduate Certificate in the Supervision of Psychological Therapies (IAPT) obtained through the University of Exeter.

I currently work at the University of Exeter as Academic Lead/Senior Lecturer on the Youth Intensive Psychological Practitioner Post Graduate Certificate programme. This involves training students nationally to work in psychiatric inpatient services and home treatment/crisis services for children and young people experiencing severe and enduring mental health difficulties. I am also a Senior Lecturer/Academic Lead for the Systemic Family Practice Post Graduate Diploma Programme. This trains CAMHS clinicians in evidence based approaches to eating disorders, depression, self harm and conduct disorders.

I am an experienced Clinical Supervisor, with experience of supervising staff across the NHS, Local Authority and Voluntary sectors. I hold a Masters in Clinical Supervision with a particular interest in vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. Prior to this, I completed an Advanced Diploma in Clinical Supervision & Mentoring as well as undertaking the NSPCC’s specialist Child Protection Supervisor training.

With 18 years experience of working across the voluntary sector, local authority and NHS services, I have a good understanding of the challenges that arise for people in their working environments. I have held a range of senior management and leadership roles during that time, and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Integrated Leadership in 2010.

I am confident in, and trained to work with all ages, as well as with individuals, families, couples and groups. It is a privilege to be able to support families and individuals in finding the tools and resources that can support them to improve their mental health, enhance their well-being and understand their lived experiences.

I work with

  • Children and young people
  • Companies
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Individuals

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Family and Systemic Psychotherapist
  • Family Therapist
  • Systemic Family and Couple Psychotherapist
  • Systemic Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bulimia
  • Bullying
  • Chronic Illness
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family
  • Health-related Issues
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Online Counselling
  • Parents
  • Relationships
  • Separation
  • Step Families
  • Stress
  • Suicide
  • Supervision

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy



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UKCP College

  • College of Family Couple and Systemic Psychotherapy (CFCSP)

Working with Children

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