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UKCP reg. Child & Adult Psychotherapist, UKCP reg. Clinical Supervisor, Wellbeing Consultant, Trainer. Specialist in Independent Schools 

Rayna Shock MA

Understanding Strategies  

 for the Emotional Wellbeing of Children, Adolescents, Adults, Families & Schools  

About Understanding Strategies  


A warm welcome to 'US'

My name is Rayna, founder/director of Understanding Strategies, a private counselling, psychotherapy, coaching and training practice, which I founded in the year 2000.

A highly experienced UKCP registered adult, child and adolescent psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, with a Masters Degree in Integrative Transpersonal Child Adolescent & Family Psychotherapy,  until very recently, I worked in two schools as lead school counsellor and clinical supervisor, while continuing to run 'US' from my office in Northwood and then in Chalfont St. Peter.  'US' provides counselling / psychotherapy, coaching and strategies for children adolescents, adults & families of all ages and backgrounds.


My 30+ years experience as a teacher with passion for pastoral work combined with my many years training as a  psychotherapist, have made me highly sought after as a Wellbeing Consultant in schools. I provide advice to Headteachers and Senior Leadership Teams on pastoral issues and present talks and workshops for pupils, staff and parents. I also supervise many Deputy Head Pastoral and other staff in schools all over the UK.


A UKCP registered clinical supervisor and trainer with over 20 years experience,  I supervise, tutor and run workshops for both qualified and trainee adult and child counsellors / psychotherapists, privately and in schools. I also supervise Safeguarding Leads and other pastoral staff in both Primary and Secondary Schools all over the UK.


Please explore the rest of our site to gain more insight in to what we can offer.


We hope to see you soon!



Rayna Shock MA

Founder/Director of 'US'

MA (distinction) in

Integrative. Transp. Child, Adolescent & Family Psychotherapy

BA Hons., PGCE, Dip.Couns., Dip. Int. Transp. Psych, Adv.Dip.Transpersonal Psych., Pg. Dip. Dreamwork, Dip. Sandplay,Postgrad. Dip. IntegrativeTransp. Sup.

"Our wounds are often openings to the best and most beautiful part of us."                                                                - David Richo


Services we offer:

Child, Adolescent & Family  Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counselling & Psychotherapy for Adults
Life Coaching

With over 40 years experience in some of the leading state and independent schools in the country and with over 30 years working therapeutically with children and adolescents, 'US'  has a wealth of experience and wisdom to offer to children, adolescents and their families.


To know more about what we offer, please click on the link blow.

We have provided counselling and psychotherapy for adults of all ages and backgrounds, for over 20 years. No problem is too small to bring to therapy. You may be struggling  with mental health issues or may just feel down and not know why. Whatever is troubling you, we are here to help you.

To know  more about counselling/psychotherapy, please click on the link below.

Some children and adults prefer coaching to therapy and we can offer this or we can offer a mixture of counselling and coaching if that is what is needed. 

To understand the difference between counselling/psychotherapy and coaching please click on the link below.

Clinical Supervision
Training & Consultancy in Schools
Training for Therapists

At 'US', we offer individual and group supervision to both qualified and trainee counsellors / psychotherapists. 

We also offer supervision to managers and staff in organisations.

To find out more about our services, please click on the link below.


Due to her experience of over 40 years working in schools, first as a teacher, then as therapist, Rayna is often asked  to provide consultancy and training. In schools she speaks to staff, students and parents on various topics and  also runs workshops.

Read more about what she can offer, by clicking on the link below.

'US' offers workshops and training to counsellors and psychotherapists in various location and on a number of different topics. 

To find out more about what we offer and to keep up to date with our courses, please click on the link below.

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