Lesley Susan Cooper MBACP (Accredited) Dip Couns. Dip Sup.
I am an experienced therapist used to working with a wide range of issues that cause disruption and difficulties for the lives of many. Often you will feel lonely and alone in your struggles feeling unable to share and be honest for fear of rejection or judgement.
I offer you the opportunity to gain a perspective and understanding of the pain and negative influences. I believe we valiantly try our best to survive, no matter how painful, compliant and maladaptive that may be. Unhelpful, harmful coping mechanisms are put into place to avoid and distract from difficulties in life, defenses and denial come in many guises and dependencies which can be hard to recognise especially if they have become entrenched and embedded with you.
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 ignoring will generally lead to the path of high anxiety, stress, depression and panic attacks.
I know from my own personal experience it is not easy to reach out for help, often not knowing what to expect. It is often breaking point that forces us to look for help with nowhere else to turn. Sharing with me your discomforts in your own way, at your own pace, with no pressures can allow you to breath and find a reflective space.
As an experienced professional counsellor I have accrued a vast knowledge, understanding and skill set allowing me to confidently work with a wide range of issues. Maintaining constant and vigilant 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 Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2009)
Couples and Relationship Counselling (2012)
Diploma in Clinical Supervision (2014)
Member of PODS (Positive Outcome for Dissociative Survivors)
ICO registered and compliant with new GDPR legislation (from 25/5/18)
Continuing Professional Development Courses
EMDR - Part 1 – EMDR Europe & UK accredited EMDR training course EMIDRA with EMDR Academy (March 2019)
EMDR - Part 2 (Nov 2019)
2 Day Certificate Online workshop Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Transformational Approaches to Treating Complex Trauma. Janina Fisher. September 2019
Dealing with Distress: Working with 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
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Costs per session
Individuals (over 18yrs) : £50 per hour
Counselling/Psychotherapy Students £40
Clinical Supervision: £45.00 per hour
Counselling/Psychotherapy students : £35 per hour for fortnightly clinical supervision
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.
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Type of session
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