Lesley Atkinson-Baldwyn - Registered MBACP
The Hub Business Centre
2 Civic Drive
The idea of counselling can be daunting, and taking the first step is often challenging, but it can be life changing and liberating and, amongst other things, help you to rediscover, or develop, a sense of self
My style of counselling is relational Integrative which in practice means recognising we are both human beings first, honouring our individuality, our sameness and difference. I offer a free initial phone conversation or meeting (approx 20 mins) to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you. This also provides an opportunity to experience how it might be to work together & for you to express what you hope to gain from therapy.
Research illustrates the prime importance of the counselling relationship in the therapeutic process. 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.
I have worked in other environments prior to becoming a counsellor, 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, relationship issues, family issues, work related stress, abuse, self harm, depression (including male), low self-esteem, betrayal and gender identity, alongside many others.
I have worked in a voluntary counselling position for a number of organisations and feel this has enhanced my depth of experience and knowledge and reinforced my belief that all people are valuable which underpins my approach in private practice.
My latest role is as a volunteer counsellor for the Healthy Mind Counselling Service run by Suffolk Mind. 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 have worked for over three years at Iceni Ipswich and am currently a volunteer counsellor there. This has included working 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.
I hope the information above tells you something about me - in relation to some of my training and experience. I am always happy to answer any questions about my qualifications, but working relationally means the relationship we are able to develop is key in how the process works for you.
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 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
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Communication breakdown
- Cultural differences
- Family issues
- Gender fluid
- Male depression
- Personal growth
- Self awareness
- Substance misuse
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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