Lesley Susan Cooper MBACP (Accredited) Dip Couns. Dip Sup. EMDR Parts 1,2,3
I am successfully working online using Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime and Telephone for therapy as well as Walk and Talk. My clients have been surprised to find more benefits to these alternatives to traditional therapy in the counselling room. With the Covid pandemic still causing anxiety and disruption for many it is important for you to know there are a number of alternatives and you do not need to continue to suffer on your own.
I am a very experienced therapist working with a wide range of issues that cause anxiety and difficulties for the lives of many. In these times of uncertainty life may feel very different and have changed beyond what you imagined, you may be grieving from the death of a loved one, feel traumatised by an experience whether Covid related or not, or be finding life generally feels full of anxiety and stress and your ability to cope on your own is diminished.
I offer you the opportunity to gain a perspective and understanding of the pain and negativity that may be with you. I believe we valiantly try our best to survive, no matter how painful but sometimes we need to reach out for help. Reaching out can be daunting and difficult to make that first move and I totally understand how overwhelming that can feel.
Difficult experiences throughout our lives and traumatic events are likely to cause a number of symptoms, physical, emotional and mentally. Intrusive thoughts, critical thinking, catastrophising and avoiding will generally lead to the path of high anxiety, stress, depression and panic attacks.
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: all kinds of trauma, abuse, dissociative identity disorder, depression; anxiety; panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, self harm; relationship breakdown, low self esteem, stress, loss, bereavement, family dynamics.
As an Accredited member of the BACP I work alongside their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I work from a peaceful therapy room with a view from the window across an area of green land and trees.
My style of counselling is Integrative 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.
I am a member of the Information Commissioners Office and fully compliant with GDPR legislation.
Thank you for reading my profile which I hope has been helpful to you.
Clinical Supervision - I hold a Diploma in Clinical Supervisor to counsellors/psychotherapists. I work in line with the BACP Ethical Framework and have a strong ethical framework which underpins the safety of clients and ourselves. Fortnightly or monthly supervision available. Please call or email any enquiries.
Training, qualifications & experience
BTEC LLevel 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2009)
Couples and Relationship Counselling (2012)
MBACP Accredited (Jan 2015)
Diploma in Clinical Supervision (2014)
ICO registered and compliant with new GDPR legislation (from 25/5/18)
EMDR - Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 – EMDR Europe & UK accredited EMDR training course EMIDRA with EMDR Academy (2019)
EMDR training completed except for one day which due to social distancing and Covid 19 has been postponed to Oct 2020
Continuing Professional Development Courses
Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Transformational Approaches to Treating Complex Trauma. Janina Fisher. September 2019
Dealing with Distress: Self-Harm and Suicide (June 2018)
Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment (July 2017)
Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice (Dec 2017}
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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am currently offering online or telephone counselling. Using Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp Video or telephone. Zoom is my preferred online platform as it offers the most security.
Thank you for your interest in reading my profile.
I will always get back to you at my earliest opportunity if you leave your contact details either by telephone or email.
Thank you. Lesley
Costs per session
Individuals (over 18 yrs) : £50 per hour
Students : £45
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.