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About me

Life often takes us out of balance and harmony, sometimes we struggle to find that peaceful place that is within us all. It can be helpful to have someone by your side to provide the right support so you can explore issues safely and in your own way. As a person-centred counsellor I believe we can all find our way forward and grow even through the most challenging experiences.

I have a good awareness of the mind and body connection being a yoga teacher and from my work in trauma recovery. I understand how our emotional states can impact on our physical body and how illness can affect mental health. I have personally experienced long periods of ill health and understand the importance of looking after body, mind and spirit.

The person centred approach allows the client to be 'held' in a warm, empathic, non-judgmental environment and encourages self exploration and self determination. This approach supports healing and growth for individuals and relationships.

I work in private practice from my home office where clients can enter and leave discreetly. Parking is available.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over twelve years counselling experience working within charities in Aberdeen, NHS Service Providers, Employee Assistance Providers and in my own Private Practice. I specialise in trauma recovery, childhood abuse and neglect. I have worked extensively with young people, adults and families. More recently I have expanded to working with couples and I enjoy working with people who have additional support needs.

HND Social Sciences - Aberdeen College (2005-2007)

Counselling Skills Programme - Aberdeen University (2006-2007)

Certificate in 'Play Therapy' - Strathclyde University (2008)

Postgraduate Dioloma in Person-centred Counselling - Aberdeen University (2007-2009)

Advanced Professional Training in Group Therapy - Strathclyde University (2009)

Mediator Training Certificate - The Mediation Partnership (2013)

The Incredible Years: Parents, Teachers and Children Training Series - Parent Group Leader Training Certificate (2015)

Advanced Post Diploma Training, Couples & Families Counselling - Counselling Works (2017)

I am committed to continuous professional development. I regularly attend training courses and conferences. I am fully insured and receive regular supervision.

Member organisations


College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Historical Abuse

There may be other issues you would like to address, if so please get in touch as I might be able to help or perhaps refer you to someone with the expertise you need.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Person-centred therapy


Additional information

Youths (over 12 years) £35.00 per 50 min session.

Individual Adult - £45.00 per 50 min session.

Couples - £70.00 per 50 min session.

Payable by cash or cheque at the end of each session.

Cancellation Policy:

More than 24 hours notice of cancellation - no charge

Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice or not attended - full session fee applies


Face to face appointments available during the daytime Mon-Fri. Evening appointments Mon & Wed and morning appointments Saturday. Telephone and online appointments by arrangement.

Further information

Making Contact

Deciding whether to have counselling can be a difficult, if you are considering trying counselling, the first step is to make contact by telephone (above) or send a confidential email (below). I can talk with you in the strictest confidence about what to expect and answer any questions you may have about how I work. Or you can find more details on my website(above).

Email: contact@deesidecounselling.co.uk

6 Murtle Mill
North Deeside Road
AB15 9EE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Leasha Thomas PG Dip, CMCOSCA

Leasha Thomas PG Dip, CMCOSCA