David Leckie MBACP (Sen Accredited) 28 yrs experience (Online Service)
Confusing isn't it? You're browsing through all these descriptions wondering which counsellor to contact, maybe you're a bit confused about all the different ways of working that are described or, more critically, whether counselling can help you anyway. if working with me is something you're considering, can I suggest that you take a few minutes to watch one (or both) of the videos I have prepared (scroll down to the bottom of this page and click in the Video section). I reckon it's important that you get a 'flavour' of the person who you might share some professional time with. I admit that the video won't exactly be overwhelmed with Oscar nominations, but I hope you find it helpful in your decision making. If you use LinkedIn, you can read a little more about me here too - http://uk.linkedin.com/in/counselling - (apologies for the lack of a hyperlink just there but guess you know that you just can just cut and paste the link in your browser).
Before you read further, I must also let you know that I work almost entirely ONLINE, using Zoom as a video platform for our work. You may not have considered the possibility of online counselling - all I can say is that my clients tell me that they find it convenient and comfortable to work from their own premises. The video and sound quality of the Zoom system is first class (there is no software to download, all you need is a PC, Ipad or similar) - maybe you would like a no obligation 15 minute introductory meeting to give it a go? If so, feel free to ask about that.
Ok, moving on, what is it that brings you to these pages at this point in your life? Perhaps you're experiencing a 'life stage' experience - maybe there are relationship issues you'd like to explore, either individually or in Couple Counselling, maybe you are feeling depressed, anxious, or coping with a challenge life has thrown your way. Quite often, folks come to me (sometimes for just one session) to get a 'big secret' off their chest in the confidential setting of the counselling space. The thing is, whatever it is that brings you this site, you will find that many of the counsellors listed here could help you - at the end of the day it will be more down to the quality of the professional relationship that you can have with them rather than the particular 'way(s) of working' that the counsellor describes in their 'spiel'. I think it is really important that you take your time to find the right counsellor, view the first meeting you may have as an opportunity to decide whether you can feel 'at ease' with him/her - if in doubt, 'shop around' until you find someone you feel is right for you. Above all, trust your gut instinct.
In terms of my clinical experience, you may like to know that I have been a counsellor for over 27 years now so have a fair bit of experience under my belt. Individually and organisationally (with Mind Matters, the organisation I founded in 1993) I have worked with several NHS Trusts / CCGs as well as a wide range of blue chip companies. In addition to this corporate work, I have also supported thousands of individuals, couples and families so you can rest assured you will be in safe and experienced hands.
What about the way I work? Well, most of the time I find myself using a 'Solution Focused' approach. You may like to look online to read a little more about this, but the basic assumptions / principles can best be summarised as follows:
- You are looking for change in some area of your life
You, the client, are the expert and define the 'goals' of our work together
You have the resources and strengths to solve your problems
Our work is usually present / future orientated - history is not essential
We focus on what is possible and changeable
Work is usually short term (usually 6 sessions or less)
If this way of working sounds like something that might be of help to you at this point in your life, I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please call or email and I'll answer them as best I can. If, on the other hand, you have decided that I am not the counsellor for you then I'd just like to say thanks for reading this far and to wish you all the best going forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist)
Member of UK Register of Counsellors
Client list includes: Asda (UK critical incident sole provider), Unilever, Pepsico, Disney.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Flexible appointment times (eg early morning, evening) if required.
Registered with BUPA's Mental Health Network (if you are a BUPA Member, sessions may be funded as part of your membership). *
*BUPA authorisation code required before therapy commences.