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Debbie Leigh-Holder MBACP (Accred) UKRCP Reg.

Leicestershire LE1 & Leicester LE8
07782 536396 07782 536396 Registered / Accredited

About me

Hi, I'm Debbie, I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor with 15 years experience. I work in a way that is sensitive, in-touch and eclectic, offering a 'tailor-made' approach for each individual client.

As a professional counsellor, my role is to provide a safe and trusting environment (the emphasis being on the therapeutic relationship), where you will find a calm, compassionate and non-judgmental approach, enabling you to explore any issues that you feel are causing difficulties in your life.

I understand that many of you are concerned about the COVID-19 situation, I continue to offer a professional service to my clients through zoom video or telephone counselling. concessionary rates offered for all NHS staff.

Getting started.

I believe everyone has the resources for personal growth, and I am committed to helping people work through their difficulties. Counselling can help to provide you with a better understanding of your emotions, behaviour and perception of life experience.

I work to promote the process of healing through a holistic approach, working with all aspects of the person, combining past, present and future and identifying specific areas that require change.

Please get in touch if you have any questions, and if I am unable to take your call please leave a short message with your name and telephone number and I will return your call as soon as possible (or alternatively, you can text me).

What to expect.

Counselling is a very personal and unique experience for each individual, it is built on a foundation of trust, warmth, genuine understanding and support, at times you may find it very challenging as you work through difficulties, we can look at challenges in your life, and help you to gain valuable insight of yourself, helping to turn negative thoughts and feelings into a positive experience.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an accredited member of the BACP and work within their ethical framework for good practice. I have worked with clients from many different backgrounds with a diversity of issues and needs.

I have worked for Cruse Bereavement Care since 2004 and I have received
a 10 years long service certificate. I have been accredited as a counsellor within the organisation and specialise in bereavement and loss.

I have experience working in the local prison, counselling prisoners for 5 years, and I have worked as Prison Co-ordinator for Cruse Bereavement Care.

I also have experience working in probation for Cruse Bereavement Care which linked to my prison work, and I have worked in hostel settings, working with clients who are alcohol dependent.

  • 2004 Counselling, Bereavement and Loss. Cruse Bereavement Care
  • 2005 Cert in Counselling Studies (CPCAB Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
  • 2006/2008 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
  • 2009 Cert Drugs Awareness (North Warwickshire & Hinckley College.
  • Reiki Master Practitioner (Energy healing) 2018
  • Crystal Reiki Master Practitioner ( Energy healing) 2018
  • Regression Therapy Dip 2019
  • Sound Therapy Dip Practitioner 2019
  • CRB checked, professional indemnity insurance.

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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Employee Counselling. This gives individuals a valuable opportunity to work through issues and difficulties in a confidential and supportive environment. This service is offered on a one to one basis to organisations and businesses wishing to provide support to their staff.

Equine assisted Psychotherapy Equine and Learning, all ground based, equine therapy takes place at Horses for Causes, which is located at Soar Valley Western Stables in Blaby, Leicester. Cost of one hour session £90 website soarvalleywestern.co.uk

In addition to my counselling practice I offer holistic treatments. Combining Crystal Reiki and Sound healing, creating a unique session - working with Reiki healing energy, sound vibration and frequency, each session is an hour and 15 mins and is excellent in promoting relaxation, changing stress patterns, releasing negative energy, improving focus and mental clarity. The combination of Reiki energy, healing crystals and sound therapy restores the natural flow of energy throughout the body, all three elements work in harmony to ease any emotional imbalances, creating a noticeable and renewed sense of well-being.

Cost of session 1 hour and 15mins £30

Holistic treatment venue LE8

Therapies offered

  • Equine therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

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  • My fee is £40 per session - each session is an hour.

This can be negotiable depending on circumstances please ask for details.  I accept payment in cash, cheque or BACS, payable at the end of each session. Telephone counselling is payable by BACS in advance.

Further information

I work from counselling rooms at Rutland House on Friar Lane, a beautiful Grade ll listed building in the heart of the city centre.

The city centre LE1 practice on Friar Lane has free car parking on surrounding side streets from 6pm onwards (Mon-Sat) there are also two car parks within walking distance: Castle Park, Leicester LE1 5LB and Phoenix, Newarke Street, LE2.

Rutland House
23-25 Friar Lane


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

l have a home practice with parking, LE8.


I offer daytime and evening appointments.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Debbie Leigh-Holder MBACP (Accred) UKRCP Reg.

Debbie Leigh-Holder MBACP (Accred) UKRCP Reg.