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.
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.
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 attend workshops which enable my practice every term.
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.
**From July 2019 I now offer 'Walk and Talk' therapy, so 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 – whatever you are comfortable with.
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:
The Impact of Trauma in infancy with child Development (2020)* Coming soon
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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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 - £55.00 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 enquire to see how it can work for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have slots on Tue in Baldock from 6-9pm Wed-Fri from Stotfold 4-8pm. I also offer walk and Talk therapy during the weekends no matter what the weather.
Types of client