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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 Understanding Strategies!

My name is Rayna, founder/director of Understanding

Strategies (formerly Metamorphosis Therapy Centre), a private counselling, psychotherapy, coaching and training practice, which I founded in the year 2000. A highly experienced adult, child and adolescent psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, with a Masters Degree in Integrative Transpersonal Child Adolescent & Family Psychotherapy and registered with UKCP,  I currently work in two schools as lead school counsellor and clinical supervisor, while continuing to run Understanding Strategies, from Northwood, Middlesex.  US provides counselling / psychotherapy, coaching and strategies for children adolescents, adults & families of all ages and backgrounds. In addition, my 30+ years experience as a teacher with passion for pastoral work, as well as my training as a  psychotherapist, has 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.


A UKCP registered clinical supervisor and trainer with over 20 years experience,  I also supervise, tutor and run workshops for both qualified and trainee adult and child counsellors / psychotherapists, privately and in schools. 


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


We hope to see you soon!



Rayna Shock MA

Founder/Director of Understanding Strategies

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, Understanding Strategies  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 Understanding Strategies, 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.

Understanding Strategies 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.