Dr Jennifer Leonard: Counselling Psychologist - CBT - Mindfulness
Hello. I am now offering VIDEO OR TELEPHONE SESSIONS. So I can work with you no matter where you live. I am a specialist in working with anxiety and stress so if you are feeling worried about Covid 19 - I am here to help. Therapy can include tools for boosting resilience and practical strategies for overcoming overthinking, anxiety or stress.
I am a trained, experienced and Registered Counselling Psychologist based in Wiltshire, working with individuals and people in business. I offer a safe and supportive environment to explore thoughts and feelings while working towards positive and lasting change.
Our work together may include talking therapy, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), or Holigral coaching. I am one of a handful of practitioners in the UK that is trained to use Holigral, a cognitive method of guided self-discovery that enables deeply embedded issues to be healed and released from their root cause. The methods are powerful yet gentle, fast and effective.
What is CBT?
CBT helps us to recognize and then change unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving and this can have a positive effect on our mood. NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) recommends CBT for many psychological difficulties included anxiety and depression. This means that research has show CBT to be effective for some people. However, it is not one size fits all. The therapy is tailored to you as an individual, depending on your needs.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about getting ourselves into a relaxed state of awareness. You can think of it as a form of attention training. NICE recommends Mindfulness for anxiety and preventing depression. Research has shown that regular practice can decrease feelings of anxiety and depression and increase happiness and well-being. It is also good for our physical as well as our mental health.
About Stress, Anxiety and Depression
I think most of us are stressed at the moment, with the outbreak of Covid 19. And we may be struggling to work with children at home. But there are things that can help. As well as this, stress has now become an epidemic in the UK with long working hours the cultural norm. We are under more pressure than ever before with relentless demands on our time from our work, our electronic devices and phones as well as social media. This means that many of us are finding it increasingly difficult to switch off.
Symptoms of stress and panic are very common and can be brought on when we feel overwhelmed by our life's circumstances. It can be just a small thing that "break the camel's back" sending us tumbling into a melt down and panic and anxiety can take hold.
Depression can follow stressful life events that involve change and usually loss of some kind. If our inner and outer resources become over stretched things can start to get on top of us. One of the first signs of this is irritability. One of the symptoms of depression is the escalation negative thinking. Are you aware of negative and critical voices inside your head? Most of us have these inner critics to some extent, but when we start to give these voices too much attention they can escalate and become troublesome. This is when we need to take action to prevent them tipping us into a negative spiral of anxiety and depression.
I am trained and experienced in working in many areas, below are just some examples:
- Low mood and depression
- Worry, overthinking and stress, including work related stress
- Lack of self-acceptance and low self-confidence
- Trauma, abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Social anxiety
- Health anxiety
- General anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Eating issues
- Relationship issues
- Coping with long term health issues
- Chronic pain
- Loss and bereavement
What happens in the first session?
During the first and session we will explore together what has brought you to therapy and consider how your difficulties stared, what is keeping them going, and what you would like to achieve. The therapy will be tailored to you as an individual and together we can decide the best way forward and develop a plan.
How might I benefit from therapy?
- Reduce worry, anxiety and depression
- A tool kit for handing difficulties that will last you a life time
- Sustained change
- Release past issues and negative ways of thinking that no longer serve you
- Enriched relationship with yourself and with others
- Bring life back into balance
- Peace of mind
Can I try a single session?
Yes. The first session will give you a feel of whether or not you feel comfortable with me and I can also assess how I might be able to help you. If we both feel happy to proceed I usually suggest that we initially work together for 6 weeks and then reassess at that point. We are all complex human beings, and each person is different. Some people can benefit from just a short burst of therapy while other people need longer. The first session is charged at the usual rate.
Is therapy expensive?
The best way to think about the expensive of therapy is to see it as an investment in you. These days, people spend thousands of pounds on gadgets, computers and holidays, but your emotional well-being so so much more important than things.
I am happy to talk things over with you before you make a decision about whether this therapy would be right for you. Please feel free to give me a call, I look forward to hearing from you.
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Registered with the Health Care and Professionals Council (HCPC) the Government regulatory body established to protect the public by ensuring that members meet their standards and training for a Counselling Psychologist
Training, qualifications & experience
- Chartered Counselling Psychologist
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (member since 1986)
- Registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Doctorate in Psychology (Bath University)
- Degree (Hons) Psychology (Reading University)
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
- Diploma in CBT/REBT
- Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Bereavement trained with Dorothy House
- Addiction trained with SWADS
I am also trained in Yoga Nidra, an excellent way to deeply relax.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Media and film (assessments and onset work to support participants)
Mindfulness Mediation teacher and Trainer
Positive Psychology and Happiness
Fees are £80 per 50 minute session.
I accept private Medical Insurance from most providers, please contact me for insurance rates
I am happy to take GP referrals for private patients.
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If you have any questions or want to make an initial appointment, then please feel free to give me a call so that we can discuss how I might help.