Lara Leon

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Poole, Dorset, BH12
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

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. 

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.  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.

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 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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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


£65.00 per session

Additional information

£65 per 50 minute session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Current available openings May 2024

  • Mondays 12 pm / 1 pm
  • Wednesdays 12 pm / 1 pm
  • Thursdays 12 pm / 1 pm

Further information

Areas I work with:

  • Adopted people
  • Adopting families
  • Family concerns
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Divorce
  • Relationships (adult, sibling, parent-child)
  • Trauma
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Self-Injury
  • Gender
  • General Anxiety
  • Low mood/depression
  • Sadness

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

Poole, Dorset, BH12

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)

Key details

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Lara Leon
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