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About me

Perhaps one of the most valuable things about counselling and psychotherapy is that time is 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 am an experienced and qualified psychotherapist, with both a masters and doctorate 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, trauma, relationship problems, eating disorders, identity issues and difficulties at work.

I deal in particular with:

Generalised Anxiety


Anger management

Psychosexual issues


Relationship issues

Career counselling

Bipolar disorder or manic depression

Eating disorders


Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD


Low self-esteem

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Personality disorders

Termination/abortion issues


Postnatal depression

Workplace bullying


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Race and Faith Issues, Transgender Issues, Work Place Issues, Adoption Issues, Adult ADHD

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis


£95 Initial Assessment (50 mins)
£95 On-going sessions (50 mins)

Fees are payable by BACS transfer either per session or on a monthly basis for open-ended work.

Further information

I am based in Davies Street, in London W1.  The nearest tube station is Bond Street and no. 53 is a 2 minute walk from the main exit.

Please telephone me on 0207 1112 5165 or 07779 279240 for an appointment, or email on lesley@harleycp.co.uk

46 Harley Street

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Lifts available in my offices


Mixture of online and in-person options during the week.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Dr Lesley Aitcheson MSc, DPsych, MBACP, UKCP

Dr Lesley Aitcheson MSc, DPsych, MBACP, UKCP