About

Walk & Talk
About me

Hi, I'm Rachel McCormick

Growing up I struggled with the intensity of my feelings. I didn’t really know who I was, never felt ‘good enough’ and I was exhausted from constantly striving to be ‘perfect’ or to fit into what I thought everyone’s expectations of me were. When things inevitably got too much, I was barely surviving, felt I couldn’t breathe and realised that I couldn’t solve this on my own. I found the strength to seek help. I will never forget what it was like to feel seen and heard without judgement. I felt like I could finally breathe with someone else there to support me. I learnt who I was and how to healthily take care of myself. My life is now full of colour, adventures, peace and wonder, I feel present in my own life. Will I experience tough times? Yes, that is life, the difference is now I know and believe I am worth taking care of. I make the right decisions for me, I’m in control of my emotional wellbeing. This allows me to continue to thrive and be present in life.

Not every therapist is the right therapist for you. In my journey towards healing, I worked with mental health professionals who simply weren’t the ‘right fit’. The powerful difference it made to me the first time I felt truly heard and seen, resonates in my work today. It is important to me that you have the right therapist to support you on your journey, you deserve the right support.

Together, we will assess if I am the right therapist for you and if I am not, I will signpost you towards the right help for you.

At McCormick Counselling I help you understand and gain answers to the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that contribute to your emotional distress. My role as your therapist is to help you gain the knowledge and skills that allows you to feel confident and in control of your emotional wellbeing. This will allow you to feel that you are present in life. Although CBT- trained, I have extensive training in other therapeutic modalities. This enables me to use an integrative approach when working with you, depending on your needs and goals. In addition to specialising in CBT for anxiety, I have also worked with a variety of mental health disorders, including trauma, depression and mood disorders.

I take the time to listen and get to know you, hear your story and what has led you to access counselling. I believe my role as your therapist is to help you find a new way forward. I also value straight talking and honesty. If there isn’t something you are figuring out yourself, I will share this with you. I will continue to support you with a recovery and relapse prevention plan once you are feeling well.

You are not alone. Help is available, and things can get better.

Certifications

Qualifications And Professional Development

I’m caring, professional and I love helping clients get great results. I am fully committed to my own personal and professional development, and regularly contribute to training programmes to pass on my expertise.

SCOTACS Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork – a Cognitive Behavioural Approach (Honours degree level).

I am an accredited member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) – Membership ID / Number: 393471.

BACP Logo accredited

Values

Straightforward

I am honest and straightforward in my approach to communication. I will help you understand what the problem is and why. I genuinely care about my clients and the suffering they are experiencing and work hard to help them achieve recovery as soon as possible.

Authentic

What you see is what you get with me, having been in a dark place myself,it helps me better understand how to walk alongside you on your journey. I am passionate about helping other people overcome their mental health challenges and enable them to thrive in life.

Compassion & Empathy

I believe in treating everyone with respect, integrity and kindness. I understand that we have all had our own life experiences, which have shaped us. I believe everyone deserves to be treated as an equal regardless of their background. I treat people, not issues.

Finding the Right Support

Fit is Very Important

It is important to me that you have the right therapist. This means it may not be me. I will signpost you to the right support if need be, and I will always be honest with you if I feel this is the case.

Services

I currently offer face-to-face and online counselling.

Face to Face

Face-To-Face Counselling

Duration – 50/55mins long | £65

Face to face sessions take place in my office at the Village Community Centre, East Kilbride. There is ample parking available. My office is private, secure, calming and confidential.

Online Counselling

Online Counselling

Duration – 50/55mins long | £65

Telehealth is becoming increasingly popular for the convenience and ease it offers in accessing counselling. I offer online counselling using video conferencing.

Walk and Talk Therapy

Walk and talk therapy is a form of psychotherapy that incorporates walking outdoors whilst we explore and talk about the issues that are impacting you.

Moving in outdoor spaces can sometimes feel less intense, more manageable and easier to be with. I also use the space to teach and practise with you, grounding techniques such as mindfulness or deep breathing to help centre you in the here and now. These techniques and resources can be practised out with the therapy session. Walk and Talk therapy can facilitate positive improvement in many mental health conditions including anxiety, depression and stress.

Walk and Talk FAQs

Initial assessment is done in my office and if we both feel walk and talk would be beneficial for you then we then establish when and where we will walk. Most routes will either be circular or there and back. Some routes will give the opportunity to sit and reflect, some clients prefer this.

I will check out the route in advance and any changes to the weather, I am happy to walk in most weathers.

If you are uncomfortable with the weather forecast, we can move our session into my office or online. I would generally only cancel if the weather would impede our ability to hear each other due to hoods being up or umbrellas restricting what we could see which is important in our therapy sessions.

Before our first session outdoors I will discuss with you how confidentiality can be implemented outdoors and will also be explained in my consent forms.

It is important for you to reflect on the possibility of others overhearing or witnessing you becoming emotional. I will do what I can to minimise this however I cannot remove the possibility of this happening.

If you enjoy being outdoors and wish to begin therapy, this may be a good option to consider. If you wish to incorporate more exercise and fresh air but struggle to find time to fit it in, this may be a good fit for you. Some people prefer the idea of walking side by side rather than face to face.

If the ideal of traditional therapy settings feels daunting or unappealing you may enjoy this alternative approach.

No, the pace will be set by you as much as possible. I will keep track of time and be mindful about when it we must be back at cars/starting point. If you have any medical concerns, please discuss with your G.P.

Yes, my fees are the same across the board.

Case Study

Feeling disconnected, lost and isolated?

Mark was a widower in his mid-fifties when he sought therapy to help with increasing feelings of loneliness, anxiety over his future and low mood that stopped him enjoying the things he used to.

Struggling with never feeling good 'enough'?

Lucy was in her early 40’s and felt overwhelmed in her career and life in general. She worked in a fast-paced high demand industry and felt increasingly anxious about what was expected of her and how to maintain and meet her deadlines.

Rachel McCormck

Frequently Asked Questions

While you may have been able to successfully manage difficult life situations in the past, seeking the guidance and support of a trained therapist allows for another perspective on how to solve your problems. Seeking therapy shows strength, insight, acceptance and a commitment to change. Participation in therapy can lead to lasting cognitive, emotional and behavioural changes in your life.

I work Monday to Thursdays and my office hours are between 9am to 10pm.

Each session with me (including assessment) lasts 50/55 mins and the cost is £70 per session (including assessment).

Double sessions can be arranged if there is a need for them. Clients have benefited from extra support at times throughout their journey.

I have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel out with 24 hours of your session, there is no charge. I understand life can happen and to the best of my ability I will try to offer a reschedule for that week if you are cancelling within 24 hours, however if I am unable to reschedule for that week, payment is required.

Outside of 24 hours I will also try to accommodate requests for rescheduling based on my availability for that week however if I am unable to accommodate, I will book you in for the following week at your usual time. There is no charge for this.

Therapy sessions are confidential in almost every instance. I am required by law to protect your privacy and cannot discuss what we talk about in your sessions with anyone else. In addition, I am ethically responsible to keep your information confidential. In extreme circumstances of safety, some information may have to be shared, however, it will always be limited and the goal would be to ensure your safety and or the safety of others.