Leigh Ivens Townsend, Clin. Dip, BA (Hons) MBACP (Reg)
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I offer both short term focussed counselling and open ended counselling.
My way of working is integrative which means I draw on a range of theories and techniques to support my work and offer individualised support to each client depending on their needs. I believe that the relationship between the therapist and client is fundamental to the success of the therapeutic work. Therefore, I prioritise creating a warm, respectful and collaborative relationship where you can feel comfortable to explore whatever issues or challenges that have led you to seek support at this time.
I understand that finding the right counsellor can feel like a daunting process and therefore I am happy to answer any questions that you have about my training, experience and approach over the telephone prior to meeting. During our first session we will have an opportunity to discuss your background, any concerns and consider whether we would work well together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications:
(2012-2016) 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 Mental Health Advisor at a London University.
I have over 15 years experience of supporting people with their mental wellbeing in a variety of settings including the NHS, the women's sector, the refugee sector and Higher Education.
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
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have specialist experience of working with women who have experienced gender based violence. I supported survivors of trafficking for nearly five years at the Poppy Project and have also worked as an honorary counsellor at the Women and Girls Network. This has included women who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation and domestic servitude. I have also worked with women who have experienced FGM, forced marriage and childhood sexual abuse (amongst other forms of abuse).
As a University Mental Health Advisor I have specialist knowledge and experience of student mental health.
My fees are £65 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.
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. I have an up to date enhanced DBS check.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available for evenings sessions only
Types of client