Leigh James PG Dip MBACP
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I am a person-centred counsellor based in Livingston, West Lothian. I offer counselling from a peaceful room, which is conveniently situated for easy access to the M8 motorway.
Update: With social distancing measures in place because of COVID-19 Coronavirus, I am not currently working face-to-face. Instead I offer online counselling (using Zoom) and telephone counselling.
How counselling can help:
Counselling offers an opportunity for you to talk through any difficulties in your life. You might be experiencing anxiety, depression, loss, relationship issues or stress. Perhaps you have been through a tough life event and are finding it hard to cope. Maybe something doesn’t feel right for you and you don’t know why. Whatever is troubling you, it can be helpful to talk to someone who will really listen to you in a non-judgemental way.
I believe that you are the expert in your own life. I can offer you a warm, safe and confidential space where we will work at your pace with whatever you choose to bring. My approach to you will be empathic, accepting and genuine. I will support you in exploring your thoughts and feelings so that you can gain deeper insight and move towards growth and change.
What to expect in your first session:
During your first session we can discuss what brings you to counselling and what you hope to get from it. I will explain how I work and let you know about matters of confidentiality. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
At the end of your first session if you would like to continue we can book another appointment. It is important that you feel comfortable so if you decide that I am not the right counsellor for you I will fully understand and respect this.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Stirling University, 2016)
- COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills (2012)
- Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Training Skills) (November 2019)
- I currently work for an alcohol counselling organisation
- I have experience of providing counselling in a prison for adult males
- I have experience of providing telephone support on a parenting helpline
- I undertake regular continuous professional development
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Armed Forces veterans
- Pet bereavement and loss
The cost is £40 per session and each session lasts for 50 minutes.
Sessions are usually weekly or fortnightly, depending on what feels right for you.
Please get in touch with me if you would like to book a session or if you have any questions.
I am happy to provide a free, short call by phone or Zoom before we meet for the first time so that you can ask me any questions and get a sense of me and how I work. If you then decide you would like to meet we can book your first session.