Lesley Susan Cooper
I am a very experienced therapist working with a wide range of issues causing anxiety and emotional difficulties. Life can be challenging and sometimes we need help to make sense of why we are feeling and thinking negatively and how to adapt to gain a sense of choice and personal control over thoughts and behaviours. Anxiety is a way for the body to let us know that all is not well, the brain is activated by something and sends signals alerting of the potential danger or fear, it is an automatic unregulated response with rationale thought absent during that process.
I offer you the opportunity to gain a perspective and understanding of yourself by working with you collaboratively to grow your self reflective process and self awareness, promoting personal power and autonomy. I believe we valiantly try our best to survive, no matter how painful but sometimes we need to reach out for help from a professional.
I believe difficult experiences throughout our lives and traumatic events are likely to cause physical symptoms and intrusive negative thinking which can lead to a reactive unreasonable way of being causing upset and distress. It may leave you feeling anxious, defensive, worthless. Avoiding will generally lead to the path of anxiety, stress, depression, panic attacks and self sabotaging positives.
Sharing your discomforts in your own way, at your own pace, with no pressures can allow you to breath and find a reflective and confidential space.
Trauma comes in various guises, there can be big traumas which are more easily recognised, there are also smaller, continuous knock backs and negative messages that will also cause trauma to the brain and body giving an emotional negative response. I have a vast knowledge as a trauma specialist and my understanding and skill set allows me to work flexibly with a wide range of issues. Maintaining consistent professional development gives me a sturdy and reliable platform from which to work and support my clients ethically and responsibly.
Together we will look to develop a trusting therapeutic relationship based on respect and understanding through a gentle and genuine process, providing a confidential safe space where you have the autonomy to explore and reflect upon my interventions. Getting under the skin to assess the infected areas of your life and make the appropriate changes for healing to take place. I have a genuine interest in you and your well being, wanting to assist you in the best way I can to develop to the best of your ability.
I offer counselling weekly or fortnightly depending upon your requirements. I appreciate this is a commitment, financially, emotionally and physically. Change takes courage, determination, resilience and the timing needs to be right for you. Committing to this process is the first step of many towards making changes in your life.
I work with many areas including: anxiety, trauma, abuse, dissociative identity disorder, depression; panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, self harm; relationship breakdown, low self esteem, stress, loss, bereavement, family dynamic difficulties, low mood, self loathing.
I am a Senior Accredited member of the BACP and I work alongside their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Profession.
I am an EMDR Therapist, accredited training with EMDR Academy, London. EMDR is an effective treatment for trauma, PTSD, anxiety and other disorders. EMDR is an 8 Phase Process using a collaborative comprehensive approach using protocols and procedures to identify negative, disturbing beliefs and to reduce the client's reaction physically and emotionally to those memories by use of Bilateral Stimulation. Further information can be found at: https://www.emdracademy.co.uk/why-emdr
I enjoy an interactive and collaborative relationship with my clients where we work alongside on your journey. I trained as an Integrative therapist which combines theoretical models, Person Centred, Psychotherapy, aspects of CBT and Transactional Analysis. I may also work creatively using art, mind-maps, stones, sand tray or other objects etc, if this is something you and I decide is right for you.
Face to face in person, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime, Telephone or Walk and Talk therapy.
I am a member of the Information Commissioners Office and fully compliant with GDPR legislation.
Clinical Supervision - I hold a Diploma in Clinical Supervision.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Senior Accreditation - August 2021
EMDR Therapist – EMDR accredited training with EMDR Academy, London - June 2020.
Diploma in Clinical Supervision (2014)
Couples and Relationship Counselling (2012)
BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2009)
ICO registered and compliant with new GDPR legislation (from 25/5/18)
As an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, (BACP) and work in line with their Ethical Framework. I believe a strong ethical way of being enhances good practice and provides a key element in working safely with clients.
Consistent, regular continuing professional and personal development through workshops, training and study ongoing.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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Thank you. Lesley
£60.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Costs per session
Individuals (over 18 yrs)
Talk therapy including EMDR if we decide together it would be helpful £60 per hour
Student Counsellors - £45 per hour
Many thanks, Lesley
I am located a short walk from Sidcup High Street and Sidcup Station (trains from Charing Cross, London Bridge and Cannon Street approx 20/30 mins journey).
I am conveniently situated for M20, M25 and A2.
Free parking easily available within a few minutes walk.