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 gained the MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling from London University. I am also a member of the Metanoia Institute where I am researching on the doctoral programme on the long-term efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy. I am an accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and a member of the Association for Independent Practitioners (AIP). I am registered with the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors (UKRCP).
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)
Low esteem & self-confidence
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
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
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Thursdays 9 am - 8 pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|