Leslie Stanberry MBACP Registered, UKCP Registered
Ladbroke Grove Autism Centre
The National Autistic Society
73c St Charles Square
07455 027 886
I have been a practising counsellor and trainer in South West London for the past 12 years. My work addresses the individual respectfully, compassionately and professionally.
As an integrative counsellor I use three main counselling styles:
• Psychodynamic: This can help address unresolved childhood issues.
• Existential Phenomenology: This can help a person deal with past and upcoming events, allowing them to be fully engaged in the present.
• Person Centred: This can help address a person’s self-autonomy, their own potential and how they value themselves and others.
These three styles, used in conjunction with each other, become a very effective form of counselling.
I work with individuals and families on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to work towards desired goals. I can help clients who have experienced difficulties with stress, anxiety, panic attacks and depression. This can involve covering topics such as relationships and bereavement, careers or education.
I also specialize in counselling adults and children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as well as other Spectrum Disorders such as dyslexia / dyspraxia or Irlen syndrome. I am a recommended counsellor and trainer with The National Autistic Society.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BSc honours degree in Integrative counselling. I also have a nationally recognised teaching qualification (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector PTLLS Level 4). As an Integrative counsellor who works with adults and children, I work to an ethical code of practice with:
- The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am accredited with them as an MBACP independent counsellor/psychotherapist.
- The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
- The Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA).
I worked for 14 months on a voluntary basis as a counsellor for The Place2be, which is a charitable organisation that provides counselling to children in schools. As such I was required to undertake a full CRB check, attend training by way of comprehensive workshops and to be mindful of Child protection safeguarding policies and procedures.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The sessions are for 60 minutes, and cost £60 for individual and £70 for couples. The fees are worked out on a sliding scale, depending on a client's financial circumstances; to be negotiated between Therapist (Leslie Stanberry) and client. There are times when I would be able to see a client at home, again, to be negotiated between Therapist (Leslie Stanberry) and client; at the request of a client, parents or carers of a potential client, but would have to add on travel expenses for this. The environment I work from at Ladbroke Grove is conducive for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).
I currently practice from this location: The Ladbroke Grove Autism Centre which is run by the National Autistic society.
I am happy to conduct sessions online via video conferencing or via telephone, indeed, clients with Autism and other Spectrum Disorders may prefer this environment. Furthermore online or telephone counselling overcomes barriers that may preclude others from seeking therapy. For example, individuals residing in rural or remote areas where there is no counselling services can benefit from the accessibility of online or telephone counselling. Also individuals who are unable to leave their home for various reasons may find online therapy a useful alternative to traditional psychotherapy settings. The fee for this is £40 per session.
With this kind of counselling, I work with Skype. I am also available on 'VSee' which is similar to Skype, but fully confidential.
I offer mentoring to families and children who have (ASD) or associated difficulties. I can offer practical support in these sessions, such as recommendations of people and organisations they can contact, different forms of needs assessments, and up to date information on how the Autism Act is looked at on a local level (how local authorities are guided by the autism strategies of the Autism Act). As with my other counselling services, I can also give coping strategies and help to manage the condition.
Additionally, I provide workshops and training to ‘service’ providers such as social workers and NHS professionals (see testimonial below), as well as people who have (ASD) and/or associated difficulties, and carers of people who have (ASD) and/or associated difficulties.
"As part of our staff development programme Putneymead Group Medical Practice invited Mr Leslie Stanberry to give a presentation to the reception team to help them have a better understanding of the needs of our patients diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.The session was pitched at just the right level for the audience and everything explained clearly and with passion by Leslie. He was able to get the receptionists to spend a moment in time in the shoes of a patient with Aspergers which I believe was something of a real eye opener for most. I feel the training was a great success and has helped the team to provide a better level of patient customer service generally as well as with the patients with specific conditions."
Doug Kershaw, Operations Manager of Putneymead Group Medical Practice.
"I was introduced to Leslie via the National Autistic Society, when I was looking for a therapist for my son, Felix, who has Asperger’s. From the very first session Felix had with Leslie, I knew (from Felix’s incredibly positive reaction) that the relationship was going to be an invaluable one. And indeed over a period of more than two years, Felix saw Leslie on a regular basis, to help him navigate his way through some of the challenges he faced, as a young man coming to terms with his disability.
Leslie was always insightful, thoughtful, and compassionate, and I would not hesitate to recommend him as a therapist who has a unique ability to understand the issues and difficulties someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) might face."-- Felix's father --
"I received counselling during a very stressful period in my life from Leslie and I found it to be a very supporting experience. I found that I was able to talk about a wide range of issues that were on my mind and to receive the necessary guidance and Leslie's kind and patient approach gave me much comfort in coming to terms with my condition. I would highly recommend him for others on the Autism Spectrum Disorder as he has a lot to offer in terms of advice and encouragement."--Ian --
"I now feel I really understand what patience and going with the flow means. My little girl teaching me, like I’m teaching her. Thanks for helping me find that myself. Thank you for making me recognise the signs and symptoms of post-natal depression (PND) and helping me come to terms with this, I do monitor myself for further signs of PND.."--Amanda --
"Leslie Stanberry workshop was very informative I learnt a lot about autism. The workplace scenarios was well demonstrated with the PowerPoint and better understanding about how communication can be overlooked, EXCELLENT workshop."-- Mohammed --
"I found his workshop very informative and interesting. I was highly impressed, especially as Leslie is on the spectrum himself. I will definitely attend more workshops, facilitated by Leslie."-- Jane --
"Felt motivated that, having met Leslie who has ASD, there are opportunities and positiveness to achieve during adulthood whilst on the spectrum."-- Frances --
"Leslie is a qualified Counsellor who uses the Ladbroke Resource Centre to work with clients on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He combines his knowledge of Autism and how it effects people, especially helping people with their anxieties issues with a very person centred approach. Leslie brings his warm energy and enthusiasm to the centre with a sensitivity to the individual and their needs."-- John --
"I have known Leslie in both a professional and a personal context for some five years. He is a skilled and unusually empathic counsellor who works to the highest ethical standards, and he has particular understanding and experience of counselling people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (including Asperger Syndrome)."-- David Perkins Director, AS Mentoring Ltd --
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Happy to work evenings and weekends as well as during weekdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|