Hello and welcome
My name is Leanne and I am accredited existential psychotherapist based in Henley-on-Thames and Oxford.
Choosing the right therapist can be daunting but also hopeful and exciting. My approach to therapy is welcoming and collaborative. I aim to provide a relaxed space where you can talk openly with someone supportive, genuine and impartial.
I offer one-to-one sessions on an on-going or time limited basis. At present, I am only offering online sessions.
How can therapy help?
Life provokes fundamental challenges and anxieties and we all experience times when we are thrown into difficult situations. Right now, many of us are experiencing sadness, anxiety, anger or loss due to the pandemic and lockdown.
Other reasons that bring someone to therapy might be a specific event such as divorce or bereavement, or a more general sense of unease. You may feel your coping mechanisms are no longer working or be experiencing health issues such as panic attacks, insomnia or chronic illness.
Therapy helps to deepen our understanding of ourselves, our feelings and how we relate to others. People often avoid or disallow difficult feelings. This might mean that much of our energy is bound up feeling anxious about seemingly inconsequential things or angry towards someone for a minor slight, rather than acknowledging and accepting a feeling of loss, disappointment or sadness.
Allowing space in therapy to explore and be curious about all our feelings and experiences helps things to shift and change. In this way, therapy helps to open up possibilities and provide a richer connection to ourselves, to others and to the world around us.
How I work
I work integratively incorporating elements of existential and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
As an existential therapist, I believe that moods of sadness, anxiety, depression, anger tell us something significant about who we are and what is important to us. I aim to help explore these patterns of thoughts, feelings or behaviours that are making life difficult with an attitude of openness and curiosity. I also offer a space where you can let go of thinking, and feelings can just emerge without the need for explanations or justifications.
I see counselling as a joint endeavour. I am there to support your process and help you to find your own path forward. I hope that the process will help you to re-discover and illuminate understanding, purpose and meaning; what matters to you, what you would like to be different and how to meet inevitable challenges of life with renewed passion.
It is important to find a therapist you feel comfortable working with. If you are interested in finding out more or have any questions, please visit my website or alternatively contact me on 07970 042516 or email me here. An initial call is free and there is no obligation to continue.
Training, qualifications & experience
I undertook six years of training to become a fully qualified, accredited Psychotherapist. I initially took a Certificate in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, followed by a Master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Regent’s University London. This means that I have a broad grounding in all modalities including psychodynamic, person-centred and existential psychotherapy. I then went on to complete an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy from Regents University London.
I have several years’ experience and currently split my time between NHS work and private practice.
Accreditation and membership bodies
- I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as well as a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
- I am also a member of the Society of Existential Analysis (SEA).
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.