Elaine YL Leung, MA Coun, MBACP (Accred)
I am a Person-Centre counsellor, and use CBT techniques and skills in my work with clients when it is appropriate and agreed.
How counselling can help & how it works
I believe that when feeling emotionally or mentally distressed, it could feel quite lonely, not understood, lost, confused, anxious, frustrated, stuck, in limbo and perhaps fearful and frightened. Having someone trustworthy and empathic, who can offer an impartial and confidential service, can help to bring a breakthrough that the distressed can move on.
Relationship between client and counsellor is fundamental for therapeutic changes to take place. I aim to create an emotionally safe place for the client and work in collaboration with them to understand their difficulties and feelings, and identify new ways of tackling challenges in life, my aim is to help clients to help and equip themselves for current and any challenges ahead.
I also offer couple counselling, my aim is to contract and work together to create a safe place for the couple to explore their aims and goals for counselling, for communication where the couple can listen attentively and understand from each other’s perspective. I also aim to identify problem areas in the relationship and agree on changes to be made outside of the therapy room that potentially can bring about a series of positive changes.
I had worked as a counsellor for nearly 15 years in an organization which provided a range of different services to people with substances mis-use or addiction problems. I counselled service users as well as their family members who were directly or indirectly affected by the addiction problem of their beloved ones.
I have also worked and continue to work with EAP clients, of different presentations including mental health issues, anxiety, depression, bereavement, work related stress, bully, traumas, and organizational/employment issues.
I have worked with clients from different cultural and ethnic background, of different ages. I have been heavily involved with university students and had counselling experiences in universities.
Free telephone consultation to explore possibility to work together, please do give me a call or email to fix a time we can chat on the phone
What to expect in our first session
The first session is to further explore if it feels comfortable for both client and counsellor to engage in counselling. It is a chance for the client to voice out what is troubling them and what they aim to achieve through counselling. There is no obligation for both the client and counsellor to engage in counselling if it doesn't feel right. Counselling contract to be signed by both parties at the end of the first session with contract terms explained.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Person-Centred (Rogerian) Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Warwick (2003)
- Master of Arts with Merit, in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of East London (2006)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, University of Leicester (2007)
- Certificate in Person-Centred Couple Counselling, Counselling Works Ltd, (2008)
- EMDR Level 1, EMDR Institute Inc. (2009)
- Diploma in Person-Centred Supervision of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, University of Warwick (2011)
CPDs on different subjects including addiction; borderline personality disorders, dissociated identify disorder; working with Asperger clients; mental health and parenting; Children & adolescent mental health, brain development and attachment; Guided imagery & visualisation for therapeutic change, stress & psychosis, motivational interviews, & others (2003 to present)
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cultural related issues and conflicts
Couples, face to face £60/55 minutes
Individuals, face to face £45/55 minutes
Individuals, telephone £35/55 minutes
Payment: Cash, bank transfer in advance
How I deliver counselling:
I offer counselling in English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).
I offer long and short term counselling, solution focused, time limited, face to face or telephone counselling for clients who prefer counselling in Mandarin or Cantonese and do not live in or travel to where I see clients. Special arrangement for home visit can be negotiated and is possible for clients of special needs.