HeadScape Counselling And Therapy Service
The service was set up by Leana Hughes in 2017, presenting as Headscape Counselling and Therapy Services. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength. The client base has grown along with the range of therapeutic services and approaches offered. New therapy room premises were acquired in 2019. Located in Chester City centre in a quiet, aesthetically pleasing location, they offer exceptional privacy and anonymity to clients as well as excellent access to the city.
The aim of the service offered is to provide people with a safe space for counselling and therapeutic support - all people, whoever they may be and, whatever they might be feeling and thinking. Clients come from all walks of life - men, women, the LGBTQ+ community – people from all different backgrounds and situations.
Leana’s personal passion is working with anxiety and abuse. Her counselling experience in the NHS and with a university enables her to work with a wide range of issues that includes eating disorders and addictions. She also offers pre-operative reports for elective plastic surgery. She enjoys working with students training for counselling qualifications and has achieved a great deal in that area.
In 2020 the service expanded. Andrew Paterson joined as a counsellor and coach. He offers a wide range of supportive services including working with anxiety and depression, bereavement, relationship and couples counselling. He is also keen to work with people with issues arising from or triggered by the workplace e.g., confidence, self-esteem, working relationships. He offers group sessions in workplace settings as well as one to one work.
Headscape was a first responder to the practical challenges in approaches to therapy caused by the pandemic. The premises and rooms were risk assessed and changes made to create safe social distancing in a clinical setting, enhanced hygiene facilities and the offer of online and telephone support. The remote support has been highly successful. Much has been learned about how to make this work well. The Practice is focusing now on providing support for people who are suffering because of the psychological impact of the pandemic.
Training, qualifications & experience
Leana Hughes is the Practice Clinical Lead. She is a fully qualified counsellor with years of experience working therapeutically for the NHS in GP practice and at University setting. She also manages and works on the Employee Assistance Programme in work.
Her experience enables her to work with a breadth of issues from age range 18 years. She is a registered member to the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and works according to the standards and ethics set by the Association.
Leana gained a BSc (Hons) Psychology in 2008 and a MA Clinical Counselling in 2014. She works as and enjoys being a volunteer facilitator of the local BACP Continuing Professional Development network, bringing a varied range of Psychological approaches.
Using the Person-Centred Approach as her core module, she has a strong interest in working creatively, drawing on Inner child work, Transactional Analysis, Trauma-focussed methods and offering CBT as one response to anxiety. Leana values offering psychological education to clients and does so to the best of her ability. This brings greater understanding to why the body and mind responds in the ways that it does to stress and trauma.
Andrew Paterson is a fully qualified integrative counsellor and coach. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, a MA in Clinical Counselling and a MA in Management Learning. He is licensed to provide a range of psychological tests and profiles.
Andrew also works from a person-centred core approach and is trained to use a wide range of educational approaches - psychological and relational. He highly values the learning environment and pays attention to his own development via continued professional development sources, reflective practice and supervision.
His original background is in Central Government and he has run a successful management consultancy business for 27 years.
Andrew is a father of four children. He is keen to bring that experience together with that of his working life and training - in particular, Andrew is passionate about supporting young people to become the adults they want to be.
Member organisations *
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
£45 per session for individuals
£65 per session for couples (couples can be two friends, two colleagues, two siblings, not necessarily romantic partners)