Leah Orr Intergrative Psychotheraputic Counsellor (BSc hon) reg. ukcp
I 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.
I have over 15 years experience working in the field of trauma and addiction and supporting local youth charities to raise funds and create a counselling pathway, alongside operating a successful private practice for general counselling needs.
Through experience, I recognise a dynamic approach is essential to address each clients unique needs. The integrative approach involves aspects of 'Humanistic' (person centred and relational), 'Psychodynamic' (awareness and understanding of the past on future behaviour) and 'Cognitive Behavioural Therapy' (understanding the connection between thoughts, emotions and behaviours) to ensure we're well equipped for what's discovered within the work and develop valuable coping strategies to aid future wellbeing.
Part of the unique experience of being human is that capacity of the imagination. Although this aids self-awareness, and empathy, it can also induce fear or confusion, amplifying supressed elements of our past in a way that it has a negative effect on our present and future. Fortunately, breakthroughs in neuroscience have provided greater understanding of the human brain which allows exploration of 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 process is open to review at any time to ensure your objectives are being met.
I'm available by phone or email if you would like to make contact first or arrange a brief conversation before arranging an initial consultation. I aim to respond to enquiry's within 3 working days.
I have a consultation rooms in Bury st Edmund, Stowmarket, and 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 through many difficulties that impact on psychological health. Although each client I've worked with brings 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, relationships and trauma.
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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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45. Concessions available following individual discussion and consideration.
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, delivering interventions to a diverse client group. Initially I completed a diploma in working with addiction and continue to provide support in this area.
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, stress and trauma. This technique has become valuable within my 1-1 work.
In my experience difficulties faced in life can affected self esteem and restrict 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 in youth services, to support staff building a counselling pathway and delivered session to young people between 10-25. Following the pilot we were successful in accessing funding to enable the project to provide greater opportunities for future generations.
As counselling presents a unique story for each client, having ongoing training and support is essential. In addition I have regular supervision to ensure ethical standards are being maintained.