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The Healthier Mind
Rachel Hollinshead-Walker

About Rachel

Rachel is an extremely experienced and qualified practitioner, with over 20 years experience of working in the mental health, well being and recovery field as a qualified practitioner, manager and trainer.

She is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist who worked in the NHS for their Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT) up until 2015, when she incorporated CBT into her own private practice. As an experienced CBT Therapist Rachel has worked with PTSD, Phobias, OCD, Depression, Stress, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety and Shyness, Generalised Anxiety, Self Esteem, Confidence building, addictive behaviours such as alcohol and substance misuse to name but a few. Rachel has also co facilitated workshops such as anxiety and stress management. She is also on the NHS Find A Therapist Directory and has fully up to date DBS (formerly known as CRB checked).

She is also a fully qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist graduating from St Mary’s University, London with a 2.1 BSc in Clinical Hypnotherapy. In her time working as a hypnotherapist she has hands on experience of a range of issues including weight loss, addictions, smoking cessation, phobias, stress management, relaxation, anxiety disorders, confidence and self esteem.

Rachel is a HCPC fully registered Social Worker and acts as Practice Educator to Social Work Students from both Coventry University and the University of Warwick sitting on a panel for quality assurance of Social Work degrees and also participating in admissions selection to the degree courses. As a part time Lecturer, Rachel lectured and facilitated seminars for Adult and Mental Health Nursing students at Coventry University teaching on their degree courses.

Gaining extensive knowledge, skills and experience whilst working for the Mental Health Charity Mind for many years in a variety of roles, Rachel has worked primarily with psychosis, schizophrenia, suicide and self harm, bipolar disorder, anxiety and stress, low self esteem, exam stress, anger management, depression and dual diagnosis (substance misuse and mental health)

Rachel is a member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW)

The following are just some of the posts carried out by Rachel over the years:

Training Coordinator: the organisation, composition, design and delivery of mental health, recovery and well being training courses to staff, volunteers and outside agencies.

Project/Services Manager: Children and Young Peoples Services, Housing Support Services, Benefits Services, Anxiety Management Services, Charity Shop Befriending Services, Rehab and Recovery Services in conjunction with statutory in- patient and community services.

Crisis Coordinator and Manager, overseeing intervention and crisis management for all the services with the organisation including Counselling Services, Housing Support Services, Day Centre Services, Children and Young Peoples services. Including on call emergency advice re: mental health crisis.

Senior Management part of the senior management team responsible for strategic planning and quality measures with specific responsibility for overseeing Housing Support Services and Anxiety and Stress Management Services. Lead for Domestic Abuse for staff and service users, policy writing and implementation of procedures in partnership with Coventry City Council Domestic Abuse Services.

Recovery and Wellbeing worker in the community with young people and adults with psychosis, dual diagnosis, depression, bipolar depression, personality disorder, eating disorder, anxiety.

Qualifications and Training

Post Graduate Diploma in CBT - Coventry University

BSc 2:1 Clinical Hypnotherapy - St Mary’s University London

MA and Diploma in Social Work - University of Warwick

MA Social Work Practice Education - Coventry University

BA Hons 2:1 Social Sciences - Coventry University

Self Esteem - Birmingham University (BABCP)

Mindfulness Course - University of Warwick

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - MHFA (England)


PTSD - British Psychological Society

Dual Diagnosis eLearning - Coventry University

Perinatal Mental Health - Conference and Consultant Psychiatrist training

*A range of mental health and wellbeing courses over a 20 year period


Chairperson – Coventry and Warwickshire Supporting People Forum for five years

Chairperson of University of Warwick Alumni Conference “Stress in the Workplace” (see YouTube)

Initiated and developed the Hospital Liaison Service between MIND and Mental Health acute wards

Initiated and developed the Perinatal Floating Support Service at MIND, working closely with the Statutory Perinatal Mental Health Team and acute inpatient services.

Initiated the Gardening and Allotment Well Being Service at MIND

Became the first ever female president of The Albany Club, Coventry

The Healthier Mind
158 Albany Road
Coventry CV5 6ND
Tel : 07956 868310