Lesley Aitcheson BA, MSc. MBACP
Perhaps one of the most valuable things about counselling and psychotherapy is that you can make use of time set aside just for you to explore whatever is troubling you without being judged.
I am an experienced psychotherapist, used to working with a range of difficulties, including relationship issues, depression, anxiety and trauma. I find that people turn to psychotherapy when they have tried to resolve their issues themselves but then realise they would like more support without burdening friends or family. Nothing is too difficult to bring to therapy - the issues I deal with could be anything from relationships or health, problems with self-esteem, fear or anger, bereavement or sexual problems.
As a psychotherapist, I do not have a preconceived idea of how to manage your situation and I provide a safe environment where you can explore and address your issues at your own pace. There is no judgement of your issues. Instead, we will work in this safe and confidential space to encourage emotional growth and to allow you to resolve your problems or make changes in order to lead a more fulfilled life.
I work psychodynamically and the work is based on the idea that our unconscious fears, desires and needs impact on our conscious life. We will explore how to allow feelings which are hidden, for whatever reason, to come to the fore and be experienced, thought about and understood. Once they have been understood, you will have more control over their impact.
We'll begin with a fifty minute assessment, using this time to think about what has brought you to seek therapy, why now and how you are currently affected. We also check that we can work together and whether the problem you wish to work on is best solved by this way of working. (If it is not, I will help you with the next steps).
If we agree that we would like to work together, then we will make a start with a minimum of six sessions of fifty minutes each.
After this, we review the work and decide what, if anything, needs to happen next.
I have worked with people for a duration of anything from six sessions to over two hundred sessions, depending on the level of difficulty we have been working with.
Whilst some people are satisfied with coping strategies and other tools, others wish to attain a deep understanding of their situation. I ensure that the process remains flexible and responsive to these needs. Some of the typical problems I work with include anxiety, childhood and adult abuse, bereavement, sexuality, trauma, anger, relationship issues, domestic violence, adoption and assertiveness.
You can read more about this at www.harleycp.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an experienced and qualified psychotherapist, with both a masters and docorate in psychotherapy. I am an accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a member of the Association for Independent Practitioners (AIP). I am registered with the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors (UKRCP) and the Private Practice Register (PRP).
I have several years experience in working as a psychodynamic psychotherapist dealing with serious issues such as the damage that arises from trauma or abuse. I have also helped people with a range of mental health issues, relationship problems,eating disorders,transgender issues and difficulties at work.
I deal in particular with:
Bipolar disorder or manic depression
Obsessive compulsive disorder or ocd
Post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Race and Faith Issues, Transgender Issues, Work Place Issues, Adoption Issues, Adult ADHD
£90 Initial Assessment (50 mins)
£90 On-going sessions (50 mins)
Fees are payable in cheque, cash or by BACS transfer either per session or on a monthly basis for open-ended work.
I am based in Harley Street, in London W1. People say the room is light, airy, comfortable and informal, which allows them to focus on their problems and solutions.
The nearest tube stations are Oxford Circus or Bond Street.
Please telephone me on 0207 1112 5165 or 07779 279240 for an appointment, or email on firstname.lastname@example.org