Lee Payton MBACP, MBPsS
Hello, I'm Lee and thank you for visiting my profile. I work with a range of differing clients from aged 18 to older-age adult. I have a special interest in anxiety and related issues, such as panic attacks and stress.
My training in counselling and psychotherapy is aimed to help you understand what is taking place when experiencing strong feelings and emotions, whether they be due to anxiety, stress, panic attacks, low mood, self-harm or a range of other areas. We then work together by talking, to look at the future you would like, without fear or sadness, anxiety or stress.
Life can have a way of helping us feel that things aren’t right. This can be when we feel that we 'should’ be happier than we are, or following the funk of a global pandemic. It may be that you are feeling anxious or fearful, or are negotiating a life change, such as a redundancy, divorce or bereavement. For young adults issues can involve anxiety, exam or assessment stress, or issues fitting in. Whatever your issue, talking about thoughts and feelings can often help us feel better about them, or about changes we would like to make. I am here to help.
A free telephone or Zoom consultation precedes our first session, where you get to ask as much as you like. I can get to know a bit about you and talk about where I can help. Also, how you would like to meet, whether by Zoom (due to COVID) or 'walk and talk' sessions in the outdoors.
In our first actual session, we chat about what isn’t feeling right, and where you would like things to de different. You may know, and you may not- both of which are okay! Either way, we discuss outcomes, your timescales, and the journey of counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a First-Class Honours Degree in Psychology with Counselling, qualifications in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychodynamic Counselling, and diplomas in various other useful areas such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Mindfulness, traditional and Cognitive Hypnotherapy.
In addition to carrying out assessments at a local hospice, I am a member of the counselling team. I have worked with children and young people at a Hertfordshire school counselling service, many of who were awaiting appointments for Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
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
From £50.00 to £60.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
I charge £50 per 'therapeutic hour' (fifty-minute session), or £60 per full (sixty-minute) hour.
I start early (from 07:00am) and finish late (10:00pm, often!) on week days, and Saturday mornings (until noon). I will aim to offer your preferred availability where I can.
I work with young adults aged 18+ to older age adults.