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Leigh Skelding Counselling MBACP

Hitchin SG5 & Baldock SG7
07876826880 07876826880

About me

My name is Leigh and I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor working within schools and Private Practice. I have extensive experience working with children and teenagers, plus adults affected by anxiety, social anxiety, depression,low mood, relationships, self-esteem, personality disorder, loss and attachment issues.

I work with children aged 11+ on the Autistic spectrum and their families within a school setting on a daily basis, helping them to deal with life's challenges and looking at their transition for life beyond school age. I work Creatively incorporating Play therapy for those on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD/ADHD/Aspergers enabling them to express themselves with their social, communication, interests and behaviour.  I have worked alongside families whose children have been excluded from education due to behavioural issues, where the impact on the child and family are significant.  I predominantly use forms of art therapy to assist children in expressing, understanding and working with their emotions.  I am a member of the Creative Counselling Group which allows me full access to a variety of resources.

My Private Practice space is currently in Stotfold, Bedfordshire and Baldock, Hertfordshire, where I am able to see people on a one to one basis or families.

In July 2019 I started to offer 'Walk and Talk' therapy, no matter what the weather it allows total freedom and has a number of proven benefits.

People often feel better immediately because it:

It’s easy, natural and relaxing to be outdoors or out in a natural environment

It doesn’t require a lot of eye contact and it is more comfortable to walk and talk side by side than in an office.

Allows you to think clearly and creatively about your problems. Therefore, find solutions quicker.

It's healthy and uplifting because walking improves your health and energy levels, so you sleep better and feel more energetic.

It's soothing, calming and nice to be outdoors or to walk in nature, so you fret less about your problems.

It is suitable for everyone. You set your own walking pace, from a gentle stroll to a brisk pace or simply sit on a bench in natural surroundings – whatever you are comfortable with. We will agree on a place to meet to suit your needs.

I am very much a people person, warm by nature and empathic. I accept all who walk through my door without fear of judgment. I see people as unique and appreciate that we all have difficult moments when we need to reach out and have someone to talk too. I am professional and abide to the BACP ethics and regulations. I regularly attend Clinical Supervision to review my work and complete a minimum of 32 hours of CPD, (continued professional development) each year to keep my professional skills up to date.

My belief is that each client is unique, so I can offer you a flexible approach, working with your best interest in mind and building a relationship where we can explore your problems, thoughts, feeling and memories together, without fear or judgement in a safe and quiet space. I offer one off, short term and long term therapy.

I hold an enhanced DBS and fully Insured.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training, qualifications & experience

ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Person Centred Therapy

CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Person Centred Therapy

Certificate in Counselling Skills.

BACP - Certificate of Proficiency

Continued Professional Development/Certificates:

Creative Therapy - working with arts and media (2020)

The Impact of Trauma In Infancy on Child Development (2020)

Life Story work (2019)

Safeguarding children within Domestic Violence (2019)

Working with ASD (2019)

Couples therapy (2019)

LGBTQ ‘I’m still me’ (2018)

Reflecting on Ethical and Clinical Dilemmas (2018)

Working with Sexualised Trauma (2018)

Working legally with Sexual Abuse (2018)

Bereavement linked to Trauma (2017)

Working with Suicide (2017)

Anxiety Provoking Situations (2017)

Working therapeutically with individuals convicted or accused of sexual offending

GDPR (2018-19)

I hold an enhanced DBS certificate.

I have full public liability insurance.

I regularly update my counselling knowledge and skills by participating in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

I offer short, mid and long-term face to face counselling depending on your needs.  There is no obligation to commit to a fixed number of sessions.

Adults and Young people - £45 per session. (50 minutes)

Couples - £60.00 per session. (60 minutes)

Family Counselling £65 per session. (60 minutes)

Students - Please contact for further details

Sliding scale payments for those receiving Benefits are offered.  Please inquire to see how it can work for you.

Concessions offered for

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

Further information

Sliding scale payments are offered for those in receipt of Benefits or in Low income households. Students will also be offered a discounted rate along with NHS staff.

Baldock
Baldock
SG7

Mill Lane
Hitchin
Bedfordshire
SG5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Mon to Wed 9am-7pm - Closed Thursdays Fri - 9am-3pm (via Electronic platforms)  I also offer walk and Talk therapy no matter what the weather.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Couples
Families

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Leigh Skelding Counselling MBACP

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