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Lara Leon Online Psychotherapy Counselling CBT Bsc (Hons), MBPsS, MBACP

Poole, BH15

About me

Hello and thank you for visiting.  The therapeutic relationship can be a great source of relief and comfort and help us through the tough times.  Often we emerge calmer, more confident, more resilient and with a sense of peace, because having someone there who understands, listens and does not judge is very powerful and can result in change on a huge scale.

I will support and guide you through the exploration of your thoughts and concerns and I will provide a calm, safe and caring environment in which to do so.  My experience of working with a variety of age groups from school children to the retired means that I can adapt to your needs.  I have worked in several counselling agencies and therefore have experience of the many different issues that cause anxiety and low mood.

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, counselling, personal therapy - whatever the approach or the name, it’s a therapeutic, professional relationship. A relationship where you can feel safe, listened to and accepted. For many, this is something never experienced before.

Our relationship will be based on empathic understanding.  This allows you to safely explore concerns, behaviours and feelings that you may not feel able to discuss with others.

Life can be a challenge.  Things happen that we don’t plan for or expect and we may aim for change, but sometimes we get stuck.  Often people don’t understand us and we can become anxious, fed up or down.  Other times we fulfil others’ expectations of us and we end up feeling trapped and resentful because of this.  Before we know it our relationships suffer or our appetite changes, perhaps we can’t sleep, focus or concentrate, or might we feel hopeless and sad.  Anxiety affects people in lots of different ways.  If this sounds like you, I invite you to get in touch. With my support and understanding, you can start to feel life is brighter.

This year, I have been delighted to see that the therapeutic bond can be just as deep and meaningful online as in a physical room. In fact colleagues and I have seen that there are in fact unexpected benefits and advantages to online psychotherapy, and reports from clients have supported this. If you have any concerns or questions, please do contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have completed the following qualifications and training, however I feel that ongoing professional training and learning is imperative to remain relevant and adaptable in my work with my clients.


  • MSc Psychotherapy (Existential) (NSPC/Middx University) *
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT-L5 (CPCAB)
  • Therapeutic Counselling TC-L4 (CPCAB)
  • Counselling: Exploring Fear and Sadness (Open University)
  • Introduction to Counselling (Open University)
  • Diploma in Life Coaching (NCFE)

Additional Recent Training

  • Working safely online with clients (The Open University) (2020)
  • Working with Grief: Life, Death and Surviving (BACP) (2018)
  • Working with Children and Young People – anxiety and panic issues (2017)
  • Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (PODS) (2017)
  • Working with Trauma (CFC) (2017)
  • Using CBT to work with addiction (GamCare) (2016)
  • Working with adult survivors of childhood abuse (DAA) (2016)
  • Understanding how to work with children of substance misusing parents (EDAS) (2015)
  • Working with Problem Gamblers (GamCare) (2014)


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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adoption and the effects on both the adoptee and those who adopt.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis


£55 per 60 minute session

Further information

Areas I work with:

  • Adopted people
  • Adopting families
  • Family concerns
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Divorce
  • Relationships (adult, sibling, parent-child)
  • Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Self-Injury
  • Gender
  • General Anxiety
  • Low mood/depression
  • Sadness
  • Grief and Loss
  • Adolescents and young adults
  • Problem Gambling

I work in an integrative way, meaning that I draw on various therapeutic approaches in order to adapt to you as an individual.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Spanish


Monday - Friday

Types of client

Older adults
Lara Leon Online Psychotherapy Counselling CBT Bsc (Hons), MBPsS, MBACP

Lara Leon Online Psychotherapy Counselling CBT Bsc (Hons), MBPsS, MBACP