Hello, I’m Leanne Boden-Hughes, a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of Hampshire Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (HACP). I work within the BACP Ethical Framework.
Are you feeling sad, anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed?
Are you wondering if counselling can help?
Do you feel that you should be able to cope and yet, even with your best-efforts, things are still not going the way you would like?
I understand that, for some people, it can be quite daunting to make the decision to start therapy. I offer a free initial appointment, without further obligation, where you can explore what has brought you to counselling and decide the best way forward.
If we decide to work together then we will agree a regular weekly appointment.
What happens in counselling?
I will provide and safe, confidential, and non-judgemental environment. At the core of the work is the emphasis on the two of us working together to help shine a light on what is happening in your life.
Sometimes it can be difficult to work out why you are feeling the way you do. In counselling, you will have the space to explore what might be at the core of the way you are feeling.
Making connections with your thoughts, feelings and behaviours can help you fathom out what is going on.
I often think that counselling is about helping you to understand yourself, how you relate to yourself internally and how you relate to others around you.
How does it work?
Well, in truth, nobody really knows. Two people sit in a room and talk, every week, for a set amount of time, and at some point you walk out the door no longer experiencing the pain, the shame, feeling numb or by fear.
There is increasing evidence that it is the relationship between counsellor and client that is at the very heart of change. The most important part of the counselling is that you and I are engaged in a collaborative undertaking and that we create a bond between us. There may be tears, and laughter in our sessions. I feel that both are equally as important to the work. It is crucial that you get the right counsellor for you and that you feel comfortable talking to them. With this is mind, I would encourage you to check a few out and see who you feel is the right fit.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked as a teacher in a Further Education College and since qualifying as a counsellor now work in a 6th Form College and for an organisation providing support for young people and their families. I am currently also counselling at an organisation in Southampton for addiction therapy that provides a national gambling treatment service.
I use a Humanistic approach based on Transactional Analysis (TA). You may be wondering what this means and, unless you are somebody that is familiar with talking therapies, this probably makes no sense! So, I will explain briefly, to give you an understanding of what this is. There are many branches of therapy that someone can train in. All of them offer a slightly different way of working with a client. The approach I have trained in is relational and helps to explain why we think, feel, and behave in the way we do. It uses a set of conceptual tools to promote personal growth and change and can help individuals to reach their full potential, in all aspects of their life. I also use Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) techniques to support clients alongside TA.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Short or long-term counselling for adults
Short or long-term counselling for young people, age 14-24
Counselling sessions cost £45 for a 50-minute session. Sessions can either be face to face, online or over the phone.
Daytime and evening sessions are available.
Please call or message me: 07950955540
I receive ongoing, regular supervision and I am committed to my own continual professional development. I am fully insured.