Private counsellor parent support Isleworth Hounslow

Rachel Cruz

Counsellor, Family Therapist,
Child Development & Behaviour Specialist

AdvDipCouns, NNEB

Member of BACP - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Welcome to Stepping Stones Counselling Centre

Let me introduce myself. My name is Rachel Cruz. I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor, Family Therapist, Child Development & Behaviour Specialist based in Isleworth, West London. I have worked many years in schools, counselling agencies and the Hounslow Council Youth Offending Team as a Parent Support Worker.

I am the Founder of Stepping Stones Counselling Centre and my main professional qualifications are:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2006)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Studies (2004)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (2003)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Nursery Nursing  (1987)

You can find out more about my training and professional development here.

First appointment
You don't need a referral from a health professional to benefit from the counselling and parent support services that I provide. Once you have contacted me by phone, text or e-mail, I will arrange a convenient time for you to come for an Introductory Session. Sessions are usually once a week and last an hour. This time goes surprisingly quickly. The first few weeks are often used to gather information about you and your situation - past and present - as this helps me empathise with you and provide the best possible advice and support to suit your individual needs and circumstances. 

    Areas of specialism:

    • Stress, anxiety, panic attacks and phobias
    • Trauma
    • Loss and bereavement
    • Anger
    • Abuse
    • Low self-esteem and low self-confidence
    • Cross-cultural issues
    • Depression
    • Women's issues
    • Work problems
    • Relationship problems
    • Pregnancy and postnatal issues
    • Parenting struggles
    • Childhood and teenage behavioural problems
    • Couple & marriage problems
    • Self-harm
    • Domestic violence

    Why counselling?
    Sometimes life can be difficult for many reasons. A chat with a friend or family member is not always enough and we need professional support. Counselling can help you explore and understand your feelings in a safe environment where you won't be judged. It can make the difference between existing and living.

    Why parent support?
    Becoming a parent can be stressful. It's a big adjustment - both physically and mentally. Parent support enables you to share your feelings, develop practical tools to help you deal with difficult issues, improve family relationships and give you more confidence.