Lesley Atkinson-Baldwyn - Registered MBACP
07428528802 / 07428528802
Having reached this point finding the right counsellor can feel daunting and challenging and our first conversation (whether that be via email, phone or face to face) provides an opportunity to experience how it might be to work together. In order to help you decide, and remove some of the unknowns, I offer a free initial 15 to 20 minute meeting or phone/email chat designed to make this part as painless as possible.
It may be that you find this time of year challenging - often it can highlight loss or difficult relationships - and yet we are seemingly surrounded by people celebrating. Perhaps you find the weight of expectation to join in the festivities, appear content and smile, goes against what you are actually feeling and experiencing. Possibly you are alone, or feel alone, even when there are people around you. If you believe speaking to someone who is down to earth, in a safe, non-judgemental space would help you then please contact me.
If it's your first time for counselling you may not know what to expect. I am a relational integrative counsellor which means I trained in a range of approaches. These provide the tools to work with you and what you bring as a unique individual. Past ways of relating to others often have an impact on current relationships and working this way creates a space in which these patterns may be identified and worked with. It also allows you to explore your beliefs about yourself and your place in the world. If we work together there may be tears, but these may be because of joy, sadness, a sense of wonder, perhaps a feeling of relief when something becomes clear, or humour, or possibly a combination of them all!
My experience encompasses a diverse range of issues including (but not limited to) addiction, abuse, anxiety, being heard, bereavement, betrayal, clarity, depression (including male), gender identity, grief, identity, loss, low self-esteem, relationship/family issues, self harm, trauma, trichotillomania (hair pulling) and work related stress.
I have held voluntary counselling positions within a number of organisations and feel this has enhanced my depth of experience and knowledge whilst also reinforcing my belief that all people are valuable. In private practice this philosophy underpins my approach and the relationship we build recognises we are both human beings, and honours our individuality, sameness and difference - working relationally means the relationship we are able to develop is key in how the process works for you.
Prior to becoming a counsellor I was employed in other environments, so consider myself to have a range of life experience. I have also spent a number of years travelling and working in different cultures and have an awareness of difference and diversity.
Please contact me requesting more information if you have any related questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my foundation degree at The University of Suffolk, gaining a Distinction, and am currently the Subject Ambassador for Counselling at the University.
I have experience with a diverse range of clients including (but not limited to) those with addiction, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, relationship issues, family issues, work related stress, abuse, self harm, depression (including male), low self-esteem, betrayal and gender identity, alongside many others.
My voluntary work has allowed me to develop skills and knowledge within larger organisations and provided depth and breadth to my experience and understanding.
My latest role is as a volunteer counsellor for a large mental health charity. The service aims to provide the opportunity to talk about day to day difficulties such as relationship and family problems or personal crisis and, at the same time, help to resolve situations using the client's own insight and resources.
I worked for over three and a half years at Iceni Ipswich with substance misusers and their family members. In addition I have helped set up the LGBT counselling service in Suffolk and currently co-ordinate the counselling provision.
Some of the courses I have attended:
- Introduction to Existential Therapy – Existential Academy, 2016
- Leadership in Action – Vitae, 2014
- Foundation Course in Substance Misuse – NHS, 2014
- Transgender Awareness Training – Ipswich LGBT Network, 2015
- The Place of Sexuality in the approaches of Klein and Bion – University of Essex CPS, 2015
- Signs and Symptoms of Drug Use – NHS, 2015
- Nature vs Nurture – NHS, 2015
- The Healing Power of Therapeutic Repair – Dr Janina Fisher, 2016
- Meditative Techniques – TSYP, 2016
- Emergency First Aid at Work - Red Cross, 2016
- Understanding Anxiety and Depression – University of Reading, 2016
- Building Trust, Love and Loyalty in Relationships J. Gottman and J. Gottman, 2016
- Overcoming Trauma Related Shame and Self Loathing - Dr Janina Fisher, 2016
- Child Safeguarding - University of Suffolk, 2016
- TA 101 - UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis), 2016
I hope the information above tells you something about me regarding some of my training and experience. I am always happy to answer any questions.
I am a member of the The Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) and The International Integrative Psychotherapy Association (IIPA), The Suffolk Association of Counsellors and hold BACP membership.
I am also a qualified yoga teacher after completing my two year training in India.
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate and a Level 2 certificate in mental health awareness.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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Counselling sessions can be tailored to suit both long or short-term work, dependent on your needs.
Sessions last for 50 minutes
If you choose to we can chat on the phone for approximately 20 mins prior to us meeting face to face - this service is free. It provides an opportunity to speak confidentially about the process and gain an idea about whether we might be able to work together and ask any questions you may have.
My fee is £35.00 per session for individuals.
There are limited concessionary rates available in special circumstances.
Sessions are available daytime and evenings with some weekend slots.
I work from a central Ipswich location with parking available within easy walking distance. The area is also served by several bus routes.
My office hours are:
Weekdays I am available between 8 am and 9 pm
Saturday 9am until 6pm
Sundays may be possible - please ask
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekend and evening appointments are also available alongside week days.
Types of client