Ian Leigh BA (Hons), PG Dip Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (MBACP registered)
Connection is important: It is through our relationships with other people that we uncover who we are. My work and personal experience has shown me that people grow through supportive and caring relationships and that the healing of deep wounds is possible. I pay close attention to the quality our relationship in the present moment. I look to find a balance between providing a supportive and warm environment, as well as challenging when needed. In this way I seek to develop a deep and honest relationship, whilst adhering to professional boundaries. This give us the chance to explore your feelings and emotions, repeating patterns of behaviour, the choices you make and how to start living a more rewarding life.
Finding hope and acceptance: There are few places where our emotions and experiences can be spoken about with dignity and honour and heard with respect and understanding. I offer a safe and supportive environment to help you explore and understand the difficulties of your life and find healing. As you begin to appreciate more clearly who you are and how the past has shaped you, you can begin to uncover a sense of self that is imbued with hope and acceptance.
What matters most: Our work together will help you to become clearer about what matters most to you, uncover a truer sense of who you are and what gives real meaning and satisfaction to your life. Together we can explore the challenges you experience, the choices you make and the recurring patterns you would like to change. Your distress will ease as underlying causes are addressed or you may begin to feel more accepting of persistent issues.
A more satisfying life: My aim is to help you explore how you can best be yourself and live your life amidst the confusion and challenges of the modern world. In time old wounds begin healing, a sense of clarity emerges and you feel freer to move towards a more satisfying life with a greater sense of hope, peace, confidence and love.
Call me to discuss your needs and how I can help you. If I'm not available please leave a brief message and I'll get back to you. Alternatively, email me to make an enquiry or arrange an initial assessment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BACP accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling and I am a Registered Member of the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy - the professional body for counsellors and psychotherapists.
I combine a number of styles of psychotherapy including, gestalt, Jungian, neuroscience, developmental, psychodynamic, relational and family-systems approaches to help understand your experience from a range of perspectives.
I have been practising Buddhism and meditation for over 25 years. I integrate mindfulness into our work to help you connect more fully with yourself and so develop greater awareness of who you are and what’s calling for your attention.
I have worked with people experiencing a wide range of issues including, depression, bullying, workplace conflict, low self-esteem, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, anger, substance misuse, childhood sexual abuse (including incest) bereavement, relationship difficulties, boundary difficulties, shame, midlife crisis and spiritual crisis.
Special areas of interest and expertise include, anxiety, depression, family issues, trauma, substance misuse, masculinity & men's issuers, midlife crisis, spirituality, sexuality, gender identity and developing resilience.
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
I charge £65 per 50 minute session including the initial assessment.
I have a limited number of concessions for people facing genuine financial hardship. If you don't feel you can afford the above fees please contact me to discuss options.
The initial assessment (the first session) and subsequent sessions are 50 minutes.