Debbie Leigh-Holder MBACP (Accred) UKRCP Reg.

Debbie Leigh-Holder MBACP (Accred) UKRCP Reg.

Rutland House
23-25 Friar Lane


07782 536396

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Rutland House
23-25 Friar Lane


07782 536396

About me

I am a BACP accredited counsellor with 14 years experience. I work from Rutland House... a beautiful Grade ll listed building in the heart of the city on Friar Lane. I offer a free no obligation assessment session of 50 minutes where you can see if you are comfortable working with me and if you wish to continue with ongoing sessions.

I work in a way that is sensitive, in-touch and eclectic, offering a 'tailor-made' approach to each individual client.

Whilst being in private practice I have worked with a diverse range of issues and my work experience includes 5 years in prison, probation and hostel settings and a 10-year long service certificate awarded by Cruse Bereavement Care.

  • HOME PRACTICE LE8 (Parking provided)
  • BACP (Accred) & UKRCP Reg.

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.

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 your self, helping to turn negative thoughts and feelings into a positive experience.

Counselling can provide a person with a better understanding of their emotions, behaviour and perception of life experience.

I believe everyone has the resources for personal growth, and I am commited to helping people work through their difficulties.

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.

I am happy to offer a free no obligation telephone consultation prior to booking an appointment, I would be able to answer any questions you may have and you can see if you feel comfortable talking to me.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked for Cruse Bereavement Care since 2004 and 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 worked as Prison Co-ordinator for Cruse Bereavement Care.

I have experience working in probation for Cruse Bereavement Care which linked to my prison work.

I have experience working in hostel settings, and have worked with clients who are alcohol dependent.

I work with clients from many different backgrounds with a diversity of issues and needs.

I am an accredited member of the BACP and work within their ethical framework for good practice.

  • 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) & EAL (Equine Assisted Learning)

As a counsellor my role can be incorporated in exciting ways of working. Discover a new world in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. The EAGALA Model works on the belief that each individual person has the inner resources to find the answers they seek when experiencing life's challenges.

is client led and solution-orientated. A dynamic and powerful approach, creating the therapeutic conditions for change, growth and healing.

Working with horses has proved to be effective with a range of issues and clients needs. Using EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) & EAL (Equine Assisted Learning ) The team at Horses for Causes work together with the client, to utilise and draw on whichever techniques work best in any given situation. This enables Horses for Causes to offer an ethical and professional service, providing an opportunity for growth and learning within a therapeutic environment.

  • The Team Approach
  • Focus On The Ground
  • Solution-Orientated
  • Code Of Ethics

No experience of horses or riding is required as all therapeutic work takes place on the ground.

Please call, text or e-mail for more information or if you wish to book a session and discuss fees.

Horses for Causes

Soar Valley Western Stables
A426 Blaby by pass,
Leicester LE8 6DA

Other areas of work I have a special interest in :

Suicide Survivors

I have a special interest in working with suicide survivors, caring for the special needs of people coping with the aftermath of a suicide, counselling individuals who are grieving a sudden and unexpected loss.

People often feel different with suicide bereavement, the pain that survivors feel can be severe, overwhelming and traumatic, survivors can suffer with unresolved, intense, prolonged or complicated grief, life has changed forever and those left behind can feel deeply wounded.

Making sense of the suicide of a loved one can be an emotional journey, with help and support over time people do survive what feels unbearable.

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& Contact Details

Telephone: 07782536396

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, alternatively you can text me. My fee is £40 per session and can be negotiable depending on circumstances please ask for details.

I accept payment in cash or cheque, payable at the end of each session.

Telephone counselling is payable by BACS in advance.

Each session is an hour.

I offer daytime and evening appointments

I am CRB checked and have professional indemnity insurance.

Further information

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, Leicester LE2

I offer 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.

Maps & Directions

Leicestershire, LE1 5QQ
Leicester, LE8

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Available for appointments daytime and evenings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme