Leah Orr Intergrative Psychotheraputic Counsellor (BSc hon) reg. ukcp
I can provide a safe and confidential space for us to explore aspects of your past, present and future that may have contributed to emotional unease. I will encourage you to explore current thoughts, emotion and behaviours to gain insight into the impact it may have on your life. My hope is that within our combined relationship we can come to a place of understanding, re-discover your own resources and develop your full potential. The integrative approach involves aspects of Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to ensure we're well equipped for whatever's unravelled within the work and can create productive coping strategies to aid future wellbeing.
Part of the unique experience of being human is that capacity of the imagination. Although this support us being self aware and to gain understanding of our environment and emotions it can also cause us to live in fear or confusion. Amplifying of supressing elements of our past in such a way that it has a negative effect on our present and future. Fortunately through in breakthroughs neuroscience we now have greater understanding of the human brain and can explore different issues with insight .
It is my belief that unpleasant life experiences can lead to a disconnection between the psycho-somatic, in other words our body and mind. Bringing them into alignment can improve overall well-being. Therefore, I take a holistic approach, taking into consideration all aspects of your life that may have contributed to psychical or emotional discomfort.
What to expect in your first session
Coming to counselling for the first time can seem like at daunting process, for this reason I encourage each individual to come in for an initial consultation. Its a chance for us to get to know each other without any obligation to proceed. Within this space we can look at your hopes, expectations and establish what goals we are working towards. The goals are open to review at any time and I review the sessions every 6 weeks to ensure your objectives are being met.
I'm available by phone or email if you would like to make contact, have a conversation first or make initial appointment. I aim to respond within 3 working days.
I have a consultation room in Bury st Edmunds within therapies @ 66, along st.johns Street. I also work from 'The Mix' a service for young people in Stowmarket. In addition I use 'The hall on the Green' within the picturesque village of Hawstead, just outside of BSE, which provides the opportunity to work outside.
I have supported clients in working with many difficulties that impact psychological health and welcome any problem having an affect. Although each client I've worked with brings part of their unique life and experience common themes have emerged. examples include anxiety, bereavement, suicide, depression (including suicidal ideation) stress management, eating disorders, bullying, addiction, emotional dysregulation, social isolation, self worth, mental health - including diagnosed conditions, attachment and relationships and trauma, physical and mental health.
I currently work with adults, children and young people.
I have a membership with Matrix College of counselling and psychotherapy, I am registered with UKCP and work within the ethical guidelines of UKCP and BACP. I hold a clear and current DBS record.ukcp registration" />
Training, qualifications & experience
BSC hon Integrative Counselling
- Diploma in Addiction Counselling,
- Certificate in Transactional Analysis
- Certificate in Client Centred Counselling
- Certificate in Reality Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Drug and Alcohol Awareness
- Group work and Facilitation
- Eating Disorders
- Peer Mentoring and youth work
- Art and Play in the counselling and therapy session
- Working with Gestalt
- Safeguarding Awareness
- Working with issues of adolescence
- Working creatively with anger
- Overcoming trauma related shame and self loathing
- Family Systems
- Working with sand trays.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I've worked within the field of substance misuse since 2004, initially within criminal justice and later community support. Within this time I facilitated groups and provided 1-1 support using CBT , Motivational Interviewing, Counselling and Mindfulness to a diverse client group. Initially I completed a diploma in working with addiction and continue to provide support in that field.
I qualified as an integrative psychotherapeutic counsellor as I was keen to provide a broader range of services to a mixed client group and was encouraged by witnessing the positive outcomes being achieved by peers within the field. Initially I provided counselling to young people and adults affected by substance misuse and have now set up private practice which covers a broad range of problems affecting psychological health. Following training as a Mindfulness practitioner I have been fortunate to deliver a Mindfulness based relapse prevention programme within a substance misuse treatment service, a proven technique to combat a range of problems, including emotional dysregulation, and stress. This technique has become a valuable within my 1-1 work.
In my experience difficulties faced in life can affected self esteem and restricted life's opportunities. I'm passionate about providing counselling to young people, especially in areas of deprivation, to equip them with productive coping strategies early on. For this reason I volunteered at the mix in Stowmarket, a young peoples project, to support staff building a counselling pathway and delivered counselling session to young people between 10-25. Following the pilot we have been successful in accessing funding to enable us to continue with the project and provide greater opportunities for future generations.
As counselling presents a unique story for each client having ongoing training and support is essential. I have set up a support group for counsellors in Suffolk where we meet on a monthly basis to discuss training and techniques that enhance our client work. In addition I have regular supervision to ensure ethical standards are being maintained.