Leigh Cooper MBACP (Registered) Dip.Couns
Why come to counselling?
Sometimes you may be feeling sad, battling with depression or feeling the weight of anxiety. You may be dealing with relationship issues, separation, trauma or you may not know why you feel unhappy, and need help to move forward in a safe space.
You may want a chance to explore and work on yourself, in a non-non-judgemental environment, or you may want to talk about difficult issues with someone you feel comfortable talking to.
I have always been passionate about helping others to embark on their journey to their inner peace. Some years ago, I went on my own journey through therapy, which helped me to understand the process of counselling, and the value of being in a safe space with someone who showed me genuiness, acceptance, and empathy. My journey had many different roads, which lead me to becoming a qualified Counsellor.
I have spent many years of my career supporting and working with some challenging individuals, who have found themselves dealing with addiction, self harm, relationship issues, and many other struggles as a result of a traumatic or difficult event in their past or present.
My goal is to offer clients a safe, warm, respectful and sometimes challenging environment, in which they can explore the issues that are important to them.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Person Centred Counsellor and a Registered member of the BACP – MBACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapists). I have professional indemnity insurance, and I work in line with the BACP Ethical Framework.
I work in Private Practice, offering individual counselling and couples counselling. I offer both Long Term and Brief Therapy.
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - CPCAB
Level 3 Counselling Studies - CPCAB
Level 2 Counselling Skills - CPCAB
CPD (Continued professional development)
Developing dialogues for channel
NRC- Working With Sexual Violence
Introduction to Psychosexual Therapy
KUF- Working with Personality Disorder
I have worked professionally for many years with those affected by addictions, low self-esteem and destructive behaviour. I am experienced in working with those who are a victim of trauma, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
I am also experienced with helping couples through communication issues and misunderstandings between each other. Mediation can enhance empathy and self-worth through learning how to rationalise and interpret our own, and others’ emotions, words and actions.
I believe that we can work out problems and anxieties, no matter how ‘stuck’ we feel, just through the simple act of being listened to without judgement. Counselling is a relationship where we work together to acknowledge the issues that you wish to understand and resolve
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
Sessions and fees
I offer both short and long term counselling for adults, working from my private practise in my home.
The Initial Consultation
All clients are offered an Initial Consultation free of charge. This meeting will give you an opportunity to talk a little about your circumstances, and to discuss what changes you are hoping to make to your life by coming for counselling. This session will give us an opportunity to assess what it might be like for us to work together. We will also discuss if our work is likely to be short term or longer term therapy.
Ongoing Counselling Sessions
If we decide that we would like to continue working together, we then set up ongoing sessions. Generally these sessions are weekly or fortnightly, on a given day and time, although there will be some flexibility around this where necessary.
Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes.
£40 for Individuals
£50 for Couples
I offer concessions for student counsellors.
Please visit my website for any further information at www.blueroomcounselling.co.uk
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