Leigh Ivens Townsend, Clin. Dip (Post Grad) MBACP (Reg)
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
My approach is relational as I believe that the relationship between the therapist and client is fundamental to the success of counselling. This means I prioritise creating an open, respectful and collaborative relationship where you can feel comfortable to explore the issues or challenges that have led you to seek support. I am non-judgmental and inclusive.
I work in an integrative way which means I draw on a range of theories and techniques to support my work; the support I offer is tailored to each client depending on their specific needs. I see counselling as an opportunity to increase self awareness, develop ways of coping with and managing difficulties and an opportunity for personal growth.
I offer both short-term focused counselling and open-ended counselling. I have varied experience working with people experiencing a range of different needs, including depression, various forms of anxiety, trauma, history of abuse and bereavement.
I understand that finding the right counsellor for you can feel like a daunting process so I am happy to answer any questions that you have about my training, experience and therapeutic approach over the telephone prior to meeting you. During our first session we will also have an opportunity to discuss your background and any concerns you might have, and consider whether we would work well together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications:
(2012-2017) Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling (Clin.Dip) (Metanoia Institute, London)
(2010-2011) Counselling and therapeutic interventions for working with women who have experienced violence (Certificate) (Open College Network)
I am currently in the final stages of completing a MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy jointly offered by Middlesex University and the Metanoia Institute, London. This will lead to full UKCP membership, in addition to my BACP registration. I therefore also follow UKCP ethics.
Aside from running a private practice I also work as a Counsellor at a London University.
I have over 15 years experience of supporting people with their mental well-being in a variety of settings. These include working with people referred for support in an NHS primary care context, the women's sector, the refugee sector and with students in Higher Education. My experience working in both general and more specialised settings has equipped me with the skills necessary to work with people experiencing very different types and levels of need.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have specialist experience of working with women who have experienced gender based violence. I have worked as a Counsellor at the Women and Girls Network with women who had experienced domestic violence, trafficking and childhood sexual abuse. Prior to this I spent five years supporting survivors of trafficking at the Poppy Project. I have undertaken specialist counselling training for working in this area.
I have particular interest in the psychological and emotional issues of parenthood.
As a University Counsellor I also have specialist knowledge and experience of student mental health.
My fees are currently £60 per session with some spaces held for reduced rates (depending on individual circumstances).
The initial assessment session is offered at a reduced rate of £50.
Sessions last for 50 minutes and generally take place at the same time each week.
Fees are payable by cash or via a bank transfer arrangement.
As a registered member of BACP, I abide by their guidelines for ethical and professional conduct. I attend regular supervision with an experienced UKCP and BACP registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor. I have an up to date enhanced DBS check.
Once we have made an agreement to work together, I reserve a regular time for you. Therefore I need 48 hours notice for any appointment you cancel, otherwise the fee is chargeable at the agreed usual rate.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available for evenings sessions and Friday afternoons.
Types of client