Leigh Skelding

Leigh Skelding

Sports Therapy 4 U
23 Whitehorse Street
Baldock
Baldock
SG7 6QB

The Physiotherapy & Clinic
Unit 4-5
Mill Lane
Hitchin
Bedfordshire
SG5 4NY

07876826880 / 07876826880

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About me

Searching for a counsellor is the first step towards making a change to live a happier and more fulfilling life.

I believe that each client is unique. As a therapist, I am able to offer you a flexible approach, whereby we can discover what works best for you, and build a relationship, within which we can explore your problems together. I offer a confidential, safe and quiet space in which we can begin to explore your thoughts, feelings and memories. Alternatively I also offer Walk and Talk Therapy, which allows you to explore your issues with the freedom of the outdoors and still maintaining your safety and confidentiality. (Outdoors areas can be agreed with me before the session)

Counselling can enable clients to explore patterns of behaviour, relationships, patterns of relating to others and past events which can assist in an increased self-awareness leading to feeling more in control of their lives and decisions made.

I am a registered, qualified and experienced counsellor with 7+ years of training/practicing. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) which ensures that I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. It ensures that I practice safely and ethically with every client. I regularly attend supervision to review my work and ensure that I continue to work safely.

I am a Humanistic Integrative counsellor which means I incorporate a number of theories (Gestalt, TA, Psychodynamic) which are best suited to each client enabling their therapeutic journey to achieve their desired outcome. My core is person-centred which means that I believe each client has the innate tendency to make the changes they desire, providing the core conditions are in place (Congruence, unconditional positive regard and empathy).

My experience

I have been privileged enough to work with a number of clients from 4 years of age through to 90 years of age with a range of problems; including working with a range of backgrounds, cultures and sexualities.

I started my career working with adolescents, who were dealing with a range of issues from anxiety, depression and self-harm which also included those children who were deemed vulnerable and challenging within an agency setting.  This included working closely with social workers and schools, referring when required to specialised training.

I worked within schools in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, supporting children aged 5-16 as part of a Domestic Violence project. I had weekly sessions with a maximum of 6 sessions incorporating art therapy to assist within the therapeutic process.

Alongside my studies, I volunteered at RVT (Road Victims Trust) working with a number of clients that had been affected by friends/family killed in road traffic accidents in Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  I was given extensive training in Bereavement and felt honoured to work alongside those who'd lost loved ones.

As well as my general private practice, I currently work as a Family Counsellor in a Special Needs school for children aged 11-18. I predominantly use art therapy to assist children in expressing, understanding and working with their emotions.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger syndrome, that affect a person's social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.  I work with Children, Adolescence & Adults on the spectrum or those affected within their family, friends and carers.  Sometimes it can feel that others "Don't understand" and it can feel isolating.  I can help you talk through the issues that this causes in a confidential and non-judgemental environment, exploring ways of dealing and working with ASD.

What to expect in the first session...(Consultation)

In this session we can talk about your reasons for seeking counselling, your desired outcome and I can explain about how I work, so that you can decide if counselling is for you and if you would like to continue. It is important to find the right type of counsellor to ensure the therapeutic process is effective.

Where am I and what do I do

I operate my private practice at premises in both Baldock and Stotfold, Hertfordshire, offering one to one, couples and family counselling. Using the core person-centred approach, I aim to build rapport with my clients and empathise with them using a compassionate and nurturing style.

I offer a warm, comfortable, safe and non-judgmental environment, where you can speak freely in a confidential setting. My aim is to help support clients in bringing back the happiness, confidence, normality and strength to their lives.

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

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:

Safeguarding children within Domestic Violence

LGBTQ ‘I’m still me’

Reflecting on Ethical and Clinical Dilemmas

Working with Sexualised Trauma

Working legally with Sexual Abuse

Bereavement linked to Trauma

Working with Suicide

Anxiety Provoking Situations

Working therapeutically with individuals convicted or accused of sexual offending

GDPR

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

Accredited register membership

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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 - £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

Baldock, SG7 6QB
Hitchin, SG5 4NY

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

I have slots on Tue in Baldock from 6-9pm Wed-Fri from Stotfold 3-8pm.  I also offer walk and Talk therapy during the weekends. Please ask if you have a specific requirement.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families