Leanne Taghizadeh, MBACP, Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Due to Covid-19, I am offering counselling and supervision via telephone and video only, and this will be for the foreseeable future.
I am a Senior Accredited integrative therapist working in Glasgow, practising since 2002. My special interest is in couples' therapy and relationship issues. Working with people is my passion and I feel my experience makes me an effective and solid counsellor.
Currently I work in the NHS, and have a variety of other experience - employee assistance programme (including telephone counselling), private practice (counselling and supervision), and supervision (individuals and organisations), also counselling in the voluntary sector. I am a Senior Accredited member of BACP and a registered UK counsellor.
I work in person with couples and female clients, and with male clients I can offer telephone and video sessions.
My special interests include couples' and relationship issues, bereavement and loss and also self-esteem exploration. I have a passion for face to face, video and telephone counselling. I also firmly believe telephone and video therapy can be unique, sometimes more comfortable and convenient ways for people to enter into a counselling relationship.
I do not offer home visits for couples' work, however, another option is to work together using a video platform like Zoom. This can save money, as fees in the UK and beyond vary widely. It can also suit people who live separately, travel lots for work, and ex-pats who would benefit from working with a counsellor from their country of origin. If you are unsure about this, I can offer a free 'practice' session for 5 - 10 minutes, where we all log on and I could talk you through this to see if it would fit well with your needs.
I have various experiences in both counselling and supervision, and also a wide background in the field of mental health. I believe my many years in these areas have allowed me to work with a great cross-section of the general public, and feel this adds to my ability and professionalism as a therapist.
My initial training was in person centred counselling. I have undertaken various training since in trauma, mindfulness, couples' counselling and sexual abuse therapy, CBT and more. I believet a small number of sessions can have huge benefit for someone, if they have a good insight and focus for counselling. I also believe that my main person centred approach, along with my personality, allow me to practice in an engaging, supportive, collaborative way with those who I work with. I do not offer CBT.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post graduate diploma in person centred counselling, 2003, University of Strathclyde
Certificate in person centred couples counselling, 2008, 'Counselling Works'
Certificate in integrative individual and group supervision, 2010, University of Strathclyde
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression, 2014, Queen Margaret University Certificate in Working with Couples Online, 2020, IWTC
Each year I attend various training in order to update my knowledge and experience, and to continue to work professionally and within ethical guidelines as a counsellor. Previous training I have undertaken include Couples Therapy, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Online Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Bereavement, Trauma, Attachment Theory, Brief Therapy, Mindfulness and many more.Each year, I undertake various different trainings, both for professional interest and development, and also to maintain my Senior Accredited status as a therapist.
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling (individual) - £50 per hour
Counselling (couples) - £60 per hour
Supervision - £50 per hour (for individuals) *£40 for counsellors in training
*Both counselling and supervision can be offered either by telephone or Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp
Video and Telephone sessions require to be paid in advance of sessions please.
My practice is based in my home office, on the ground floor (however, not wheelchair accessible). There is free parking directly outside and also bus routes pass the street (First bus 3 & 34). Govan underground and Cardonald train station are less than 15 minutes' walk away (buses 3 & 34 take you from there to my premises). The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is 10 mins' walk from premises and various buses arrive there from wide surrounding area, and also buses at Govan Road just 5 minutes walk away has choice of buses.
For those travelling by car, both the M8 and M74 are a 5 minute drive away.