Lesley Betteridge (BPC, FPC)
There are times in everyone’s life when we find ourselves in a difficult place emotionally. Things may be challenging at work. Or it may be that relationships with partners, family, friends and colleagues are not as nurturing, happy and satisfying as we long for them to be.
We might find that the same relationship patterns regularly repeat, resulting in feelings of confusion, powerlessness, loss and despair. Or perhaps you side-step relationships in an attempt to protect yourself from the painful and complex feelings that can be part and parcel of any relationship.
Therapy provides a neutral space in which to explore the deep feelings of depression, anxiety, fear, despair and worthlessness which might be damaging your quality of life today, and perhaps have been for a very long time.
As a psychodynamically trained therapist, my role is to help you recognise patterns of behaviour and long held assumptions (both conscious and unconscious) about yourself and others, which may be having a negative impact on your life now.
I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is central to gaining the insight that can, over time, bring relief from painful emotions. It can create the conditions where historic patterns of being and doing can be safely challenged and changed.
Each therapeutic relationship is unique. In respect of this, I offer open-ended therapy, to allow individuals the space they need to gain greater understanding of themselves and their relationships with others.
Sessions are usually once or twice weekly and last for fifty minutes.
My consulting room is conveniently placed: a ten minute walk from Colchester North Station, on regular bus routes, and with off street parking.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor with more than 13 years' experience.
I trained and worked as a counsellor at Chelmsford Counselling Foundation, gaining valuable experience in a wide range of areas.
I gained my psychotherapy qualification from WPF in London.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
The fee for sessions is £40. Personal circumstances may be taken into account, as there are a few fee negotiable spaces available.
I can offer reduced rates to those training in the counselling and psychotherapy field.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer sessions most weekdays and evenings, as well as Saturday mornings.
Types of client