Lesley Susan Cooper MBACP (Accredited) Dip Couns. Dip Sup.
Hi, my name is Lesley and I would like to firstly welcome you to my profile page.
I am an Accredited member of the BACP and have been in private practice since I qualified in 2009.
The counselling I offer you will give you an opportunity to gain perspective and understanding of the areas in your life causing concern. As human beings, I believe we try our best to survive, no matter how painful, compliant and adapted that may be. Unhelpful, harmful coping mechanisms are put into place to avoid and distract from difficulties in life.
Difficult experiences throughout our lives and traumatic events are likely to cause a number of symptoms, both physical and emotional. Intrusive negative thoughts, critical thinking, beating yourself up becomes a normal way of life for many people, but creates anxiety, stress and depression. It does not need to be that way, I offer you the chance to look at what is happening and create the opportunity to make changes.
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 and trusting someone else with your thoughts and sharing in a way you may not have experienced before is often outside the comfort zone and easy to dismiss and avoid by excessive working, addictions, distractions and many other ways to suppress feelings, thoughts and emotions keeping them trapped inside.
As an experienced professional I have a wide range of knowledge and skills built over many years of working with a wide range of issues. My approach is to develop a trusting therapeutic relationship with you based on respect and honesty through a gentle and genuine process, working at your pace, providing a confidential safe space where you have the autonomy to explore and reflect upon my challenges and interventions. Digging into the detail, getting under the skin to assess the infected areas and make the appropriate changes for healing to take place.
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.
Some of the areas I work with are: complex trauma, abuse, dissociative identity disorder, all kinds of depression; anxiety; panic attacks, suicidal ideation, self harm; relationship breakdown, low self esteem, stress, loss and bereavement.
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.
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)
- Cruse Bereavement Training (2008)
- Member of PODS (Positive Outcome for Dissociative Survivors)
Strong commitment to CPD with a particular interest in working with clients experiencing anxiety and depression often generating from complex trauma and dissociation.
Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment (July 2017)
Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice (Dec 2017)
Dealing with Distress: Working with Self-Harm and Suicide (June 2018)
ICO registered and compliant with new GDPR legislation (from 25/5/18)
I am 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 of safety for vulnerable clients.
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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
- 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 disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- 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
- Existential therapy
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 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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Types of client
Supervision & training
As an experienced therapist and Accredited member of the BACP, I have worked continually with clients for nearly 10 years during which time I have developed strong skills and experience.View supervision profile