Donna LeMaitre BA (Hons), MBACP (Registered) Integrative Counsellor
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I hope it gives you a flavour of my practice and how I work. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
I am an experienced Integrative Counsellor, which means that I have trained in different counselling approaches. I have achieved a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and then enhanced my skills by attaining a Diploma in Cognitive Therapeutic Skills and Theory.
Being a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) means that as well as abiding to their code of ethics, I have a high level of training and supervised experience. The BACP also provides ongoing training. This, combined with my broad life and work experience, and a diverse client base puts me in a good position to understand your situation.
There are a number of reasons for seeking counselling, you may be experiencing depression, low mood or anxiety. Personal and/or work relationships may be causing difficulties, your home or working life may be stressful or you may be experiencing a life-crisis. You could be a carer feeling overwhelmed with difficult and confusing emotions or have suffered a bereavement or loss, feeling lost in the grieving process or struggling to cope with a life transition.
Counselling can help with those difficult times in life when you need to resolve a problem which is stopping you from achieving your personal best. I believe that there is no problem that cannot be resolved to your satisfaction and there are no limits to what can be achieved within counselling.
How we will work together
I want to ensure you feel confident enough to get in touch with me and share your experience and explore your feelings in an emphatic and non-judgmental space. Encouraging you to develop insight and understanding of your situation, while supporting you to gain control over your life.
I work with my clients depending on their personal needs. I apply Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness approaches, Motivational Interviewing or Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic skills and theory during the counselling process. If appropriate, I can work solely within any of these therapies. The key to a successful outcome is to build up the therapeutic relationship together. Our sessions are short or long term, at a pace that you feel comfortable with.
Having experienced being a client in therapy myself I know how rewarding and sometimes challenging counselling can be. Coming out the other side with a new sense of identity and focus can be incredibly empowering.
I am here to listen. Encouraging you to develop insight and understanding of your current difficulties, while supporting you in resolving these difficulties to gain control over your life.
Together we will find a way of working that is tailored to your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I previously worked in the voluntary sector providing individual therapy as a Volunteer Counsellor with the mental health charity Mind. I saw a diverse range of clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse, PTSD, low self esteem and other life and relationships. I had also gained considerable experience whilst working as a Bereavement Support Volunteer at St Christopher's hospice.
Level 5: Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
Level 4: Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Integrative
Level 3: Certificate in Counselling Studies
Level 2: Certificate in Counselling Skills
Introduction to Counselling
BACP Certificate of Proficiency Registered member
I have attended the following seminars as part of my ongoing training:
- Bereavement Counselling
- Safeguarding Adults and Vulnerable People Training
- Is there a role for Mindfulness in bereavement support?
- Working with Anger
BACP CPD certificate for practical counselling strategies and interventions in addiction work.
BACP CPD Certificate for the emotional legacy of childhood abuse and the enduring impacts for survivors of abuse.
BACP CPD Certificate for person-centred and cognitive explanations of addiction.
BACP CPD Certificate for Who Am I Now? Bereavement as a break in the 'continuity of being'.
BACP CPD Certificate for impact of anxious attachment.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
The number of sessions will be mutually agreed and can be short (6 or 12 weeks) or long term (open ended).
All sessions are for 50 minutes
One to One sessions at a fee of £45
My practice in West Norwood is a 5 minute walk from West Norwood mainline rail station. West Dulwich, Herne Hill and Tulse Hill stations are also close by. Bus numbers 2, 68, 468, 196, 322 and 315 stop opposite.
My practice in Bromley is within walking distance from Bromley North mainline rail station.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
West Norwood SE27: Saturdays: 9am- 2pm: Adhoc sessions Mon-Thurs 8am-10am & 7pm-10pm
Bromley BR1: Adhoc sessions Mon-Thurs 7pm-10pm
Types of client