Leigh Ivens Townsend

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London SW17 & SW16
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About me

I am an experienced fully qualified Integrative Psychotherapist registered by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

I believe that human connection can be transformative and helping my clients feel understood is at the heart of what I do. I see therapy as an opportunity to increase self-awareness, to develop new ways of coping and an opportunity for personal growth. It provides a safe supportive environment to work through painful or traumatic experiences and feelings, change self-destructive behaviours and habits and improve your relationships.

The relationship between the therapist and client is fundamental to the success of any therapy. This is why I prioritise creating a compassionate, respectful and collaborative relationship where you can feel comfortable to explore the issues or challenges that have led you to seek support. I offer a non-judgmental, inclusive space where diversity and difference is valued. I am a LGBTQ+ affirmative Psychotherapist.

My therapeutic approach is integrative and trauma informed. I work relationally and collaboratively, drawing on a range of theoretical orientations to support my work. I recognise the uniqueness of each persons’ experience and therefore the therapy I offer is tailored to each client depending on their specific needs and context. 

I have experience of offering short-term focused counselling and longer term psychotherapy contracts, however tend to work mid to long term in my private practice. I have varied experience working with people experiencing a range of different needs, including depression, various forms of anxiety, complex trauma, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, work related stress, burn out and bereavement and loss.

I have a particular interest in working with the unique experiences of women and have extensive experience in this area. This includes working with women who have experienced gender based violence and abuse, difficulties relating to pregnancy and motherhood, infertility, identity, life transitions and women’s health.

I understand that finding the right therapist 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. We will also discuss confidentiality, fees and the cancellations policy.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and Qualifications:

Masters Degree
MSc Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute and  Middlesex University (jointly offered)

Post Graduate Diplomas

Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute

Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling, Metanoia Institute

Additional Training:

I am committed to engaging in extensive and ongoing training and CPD. Examples of recent training include:

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Compassion Focussed Therapy

Polyvagal Informed Therapy

Experience:
I have over 20 years experience of supporting people with their mental well-being in a variety of settings and have been in clinical practice since 2013. I have gained experienced working within the NHS, 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.

Aside from running a private practice, I work as a Senior Student Counsellor at Imperial College London.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have specialist experience of working with women who have experienced various forms of violence and abuse including domestic abuse, sexual assault, trafficking and childhood sexual abuse. I have undertaken specialist training for working in this area.

Through 10 years experience of working in Higher Education Counselling and Mental Health Services, I have developed an in-depth understanding of the wellbeing and mental health of young adults and the student experience. 

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Fees

£70.00 - £80.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

My fee is  £70.00 - £80.00 per session indexed to income. I am committed to offering a number of low cost places for individuals on a lower income because I believe therapy should be accessible to all. Please note that I have limited availability of low cost places.

The initial assessment session of is offered at a reduced rate of £60 and generally lasts 60 - 90 minutes. 

I review my fees annually.

Ongoing sessions last for 50 minutes and usually take place at the same time each week.

Fees are payable via a bank transfer arrangement in advance of the session.

When I work

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I offer in person sessions on Thursday and Friday daytime at my consulting rooms near to Tooting Bec station. I also offer remote sessions via the Zoom Platform. 

Further information

I am an accredited and registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  I abide by the BACP and UKCP guidelines for ethical and professional conduct.

I attend regular supervision with an experienced UKCP and BACP registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor. I am fully insured and have an up to date enhanced DBS check.

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

I am a UKCP Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist and currently in the final stages of completing a UKCP Accredited Diploma in Supervision.

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Leigh Ivens Townsend
Leigh Ivens Townsend