Ian Leigh BA (Hons), Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (MBACP registered)
St Paul Old Ford
100 St Stephens Road
Connection is important
It is through our relationships with other people that we uncover who we are. My work and personal experience has shown me that people grow through supportive and caring relationships and that the healing of deep wounds is possible. I pay close attention to the quality of the relationship between myself and the people who come to see me. This allows us to explore the various emotions and feelings you are dealing with, patterns of behaviour you keep repeating, the choices you make and how to live a more rewarding life.
Finding hope and acceptance
There are times in all our lives when we meet sadness, anger, fear, loneliness and loss. There are few places where such experiences can be spoken about with dignity and honour and heard with respect and understanding. I offer a safe and supportive environment to help you explore and understand the difficulties of your life and find healing. As you begin to appreciate more clearly who you are and how the past has shaped you, you can begin to uncover a sense of self that is imbude with hope and acceptance.
What matters most
Our work together will help you to become clearer about what matters most to you, uncover a truer sense of who you are and what gives real meaning and satisfaction to your life. Together we can explore the challenges you experience, the choices you make and the recurring patterns you would like to change. Your distress will ease as underlying causes are addressed or you may begin to feel more accepting of persistent issues.
A more satisfying life
My aim is to help you explore how you can best be yourself and live your life amidst the confusion and challenges of the modern world. In time old wounds begin healing, a sense of clarity emerges and you feel freer to move towards a more satisfying life with a greater sense of hope, peace, confidence and love.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BACP accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling and I am a Registered Member of the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have been practicing mindfulness and meditation for nearly 25 years. When appropriate I integrate mindfulness into my counselling work to help you connect more fully with yourself and so develop greater awareness of who you are and what's calling for your attention.
I combine a number of styles of psychotherapy including, gestalt, Jungian, developmental, relational and family-systems approaches to help understand your experience from a range of perspectives.
I have experience of helping clients with:
- Seeing meaning in problems
- Stress and anxiety
- Relationships issues with self and others
- Loss of hope
- Abuse and manipulation
- Bereavement and loss
- Family issues
- Compulsiove and addictive behaviours
- Alcoholism and drug or substance misuse
- Feeling out of control
- Panic attacks
- Childhood related issues
- Guilt, shame and envy
- Career, redundancy and major life changes
- Depression, sadness and grief
- Suicidal thoughts
- Low self-esteem
I have four years experience of working in Alcohol and Drug Misuse Services in the NHS and supporting people with addiction and substance misuse issues in my private work. For many people with a history of alcohol or substance misuse stopping is the easy part but staying stopped is much harder. By exploring the feelings and emotions that drive your addiction you can learn to work more effectively with your cravings and break the cycle of dependency.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
My initial assessment fee is £40 for up to 50 minutes
Session fees are £60 for 50 minutes and will usually take place at the same time each week.
I see clients in Bethnal Green (near to Bethnal Green tube station) and in Bow (near Mile End tube station and close to Victoria Park). Clients are welcome on an open-ended or short-term (2-3 months) basis.
Email me to arrange an initial assessment and discuss how I can help you. The first session is a one-off no obligation meeting and is a good way to help you decide if you think we can work together.
An initial assessment is an opportunity for us to meet and you to get a feel of what counselling involves and how it may help you. It’s also a chance you to ask any questions or raise any concerns they you have before making a commitment to regular counselling.
The meeting will also give me an opportunity to assess your presenting problems and difficulties and decide with you you areas to be worked with in future sessions. It’s also a time we can discuss whether counselling is a suitable option for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|