Leanne Kelly MBACP, Dip.Couns, Individuals and Couples Counsellor
I understand that contacting a Counsellor for the first time can sometimes feel difficult and take a lot of courage, especially if you are unsure how counselling can help you. My aim as a Counsellor is to provide you with a safe and confidential space, to enable you to feel comfortable in talking about and exploring your thoughts and feelings. I offer counselling to both couples and individual adults, over a long and short term, with flexible daytime and evening appointments.
People seek counselling because they are experiencing difficulties or distress in their life. You may be feeling anxious, depressed, having relationship issues, family problems or struggling to find confidence, you may have experienced a traumatic event in your life, such as a bereavement that has left you feeling lonely or anxious. You may be feeling stuck or confused and not know what the problem is. Whichever of these describes your situation, working with a Counsellor can be the first steps in creating changes to improve your well-being. Having a greater understanding of yourself enables you to make more of your relationships and to have a fuller and more satisfying emotional life.
As well as my own private practice, I work as a Counsellor within the NHS, in partnership with Thurrock Mind. Previously, I have worked as a volunteer Bereavement Counsellor for a Hospice, and as a Couple Counsellor for Marriage Care, all of which has given me lots of experience in working with a variety of people from diverse ages, cultures and backgrounds who were suffering from a range of difficulties..
I am a professionally trained, qualified Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy - MBACP. I work in accordance to their framework for ethical practice and am committed to ongoing professional and personal development. I hold an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau DBS disclosure, and am fully insured. My training includes a range of approaches and I will work according to the needs and lifestyle of the individual, rather than imposing a specific technique.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - MBACP
CPCAB - Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB - Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB - Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
Certificate in Counselling for Depression (CfD)
I am also committed to attending continual professional development courses and workshops which have included
The Trauma Counsellors Toolbox
Talking about Suicide
Trauma, Abuse and Disassociation
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
I appreciate finding the right Counsellor can be difficult, especially if you are not sure how counselling can work for you. With this in mind I offer an initial 30 min appointment for £20, which will give us both the opportunity to meet and discuss your needs and decide if I am the right Counsellor for you.
£40 - 50 min Individual Counselling session.
£50 - 50 min Couple Counselling session.
Some reduced sessions are available dependent on financial circumstances, please contact me to discuss.
The session will take place in a log cabin, which offers a peaceful and confidential space for you to be able to explore the difficulties you are experiencing in comfort.
I am located less than a mile away from Stanford-le-hope station if travelling by train. The 100 and 200 bus also travel through Stanford-le-hope. If you are driving there are no parking restrictions in the area.
Please contact me by telephone or email, if you would like to book an initial 30 minute appointment or with any questions you may have.