Lea Kendall BA (Hons) Dip Couns. Reg BACP
I believe that everyone has an inner desire for growth and development towards the best version of themselves. I also believe that we all have the power within to heal ourselves, but sometimes we can't see the wood for the trees and this is where the guidance from a counsellor or coach can be extremely powerful.
How I can help you
As an Integrative Counsellor I adapt my style to suit your individual needs, from a person-centered approach where I provide a non-judgemental, empathic space for you to explore your feelings, to a more solution-focused approach where I can help you set goals and work towards a more positive future for yourself.
I very often work outside with clients as I believe in the healing benefits of being in nature, amongst the trees and bird song.
Part of my work will involve developing a deeper connection to self and a greater understanding of why you react to things as you do, what your specific triggers are and where they come from. I will guide you towards knowing your own importance, nurturing yourself and beginning to put your own needs at the top of your list of priorities.
What to expect
You will always be in charge of the decision making process in your therapy, I will facilitate your own exploration of your issues and your personal goals. I will accept you and provide honest feedback if asked, I will never ask you to relive traumatic experiences, and risk re-traumatising you. If you would like to talk through some difficult issues then it will be done in a gentle manner while having a ‘safe place’ to come back to if emotions start to run high. Sometimes we don’t need to look back into the past in order to move forward and sometimes it is ok to dip into the past but always from a safe place and with a sense of being fully in the present moment.
I am also a Woodland Activity Leader and regularly run Mindfulness in the Woods events as I believe very strongly in the power of nature and our connection to it, to promote healing in both body and mind.
I can work outside with clients, in addition to a garden room I use at my home in Ffrith I also work from and meet clients at Felin Puleston, in the grounds of Erddig estate. If the weather permits we can sit by a campfire or walk in woodlands, or there is a covered area in a beautiful garden which we can use.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Level 5 Counselling Diploma (Foundation Degree) and a BA Hons in Creative Expressive Therapies. I have training in mindfulness, suicide prevention, meditation, life coaching, NLP, hypnotherapy and Mindful Nutrition.
I have particular interest in helping people overcome anxiety and take back control of their life using a mindful approach in nature.
Before working as a counsellor I was a Mental Health Mentor for students at university, before that, a Learning Mentor for vulnerable children with challenging behaviour and/or low self-esteem and was responsible for addressing the social and emotional aspects of learning in the school. Before that a hairdresser.
Alongside my counselling work I run my own Forest School business with my husband, our mission statement is “Through our passion, enthusiasm, and belief we help people and children connect with nature, feel healthier and have meaningful experiences through positive activity and creative play”.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Eating disorders
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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My fee is £40 per hour or £65 for 2 hours, the 2 hour session usually includes some mindfulness in nature techniques for reducing anxiety.
I offer a reduced rate of £30 for low income households. Please contact me for more information or visit my website.
I also run regular Mindfulness in the Woods events at Chirk Castle and Erddig, please get in touch for more information.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I provide telephone and online counselling for those who may not be able to get into town to see me. This could be due to accessibility or work commitments. I can be available most evenings and the days listed for this service.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and occasional Saturdays. Last appointment can be 6.30pm
Types of client