I believe a welcoming, safe and supportive therapeutic environment is the key to emotional healing and personal growth. Working together, we will make sense of whatever has become a problem for you in the 'here and now' or enduring issues with their roots in the past. My hope is you will not only gain clarity and insight but know you have been understood in the context of your history, gender, sexuality and culture. I believe often when we are faced with fears linked to uncertainty, uncontrollability and unpredictability or feeling hopeless about the future, counselling/psychotherapy can support us to make a lasting change.
I have experience with supporting people with anxiety, depression and low mood.
After our initial contact by video, phone or email to further discuss your requirements and to get a sense of how we might work together. Clients usually attend regular weekly fifty-minute sessions, arrangements can be either short or long-term, and there will be progress reviews with either option. My practice hours are Weekdays and Saturdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. In-person sessions postponed:
The GDPR includes the following rights for individuals:-
the right to be informed; the right of access; the right to rectification; the right to erasure; the right to restrict processing; the right to data portability; the right to object; and the right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling
Training, qualifications & experience
I have trained within adult counselling services to include the University of Suffolk, Lighthouse Women’s Aid and Mentis Tree / Acorn. I was then employed as a sessional Integrative Counsellor for the University of Suffolk and my current role is an NHS Trainee High-Intensity CBT Psychotherapist.
Continued Professional Development:
Autism Spectrum Condition training; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: How can therapy help?; Men's Mental Health; Safeguarding Children L3 - Adverse Childhood Experiences; Working with Older Adults; Guided self-help low-intensity CBT interventions and long-term and medically unexplained conditions; Working with sexual diversity.
Postgraduate Diploma in high-intensity evidence-based CBT
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Integrative Counselling
Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling
Diploma Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Postgraduate Certificate in low-intensity evidence-based CBT
I am a registered member of the BACP (No. 247020) and UKCP Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (No. 2011163780) I adhere to their codes of ethics. My registered name is Lesley Caroline Charles.
Integrative counselling training completed with Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy and awarded by Middlesex University, and a postgraduate certificate in low-intensity CBT completed with the University of East Anglia. I am committed to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for best practice and development of my professional skills and knowledge.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Our initial conversation(s) by email or phone is free of charge. Sessions are 50 minutes long. I offer concessions for those who are experiencing financial difficulties, low waged, senior citizens and students, please ask.