Leigh Taylor - MBACP - Anxiety & Loneliness Counsellor
As COVID19 restrictions continue I am currently practicing online either via Zoom or telephone counselling. Many are feeling sad, anxious and isolated at this time which is totally understandable.
I will continue to offer you a warm welcome and a safe, non-judgemental space where confidentiality is assured. Here you can explore thoughts, feelings and emotions and make a little more sense of your world.
Our lives, of late, have changed beyond our wildest imagination and as a result it would be normal to feel anxiety, there are so many unknowns, to feel depressed with no clear understanding of what the future will look like. Sad about the things you havent been able to do. Panicky, it can be over-whelming sometimes and have low-self esteem if you have been furloughed and missed contact with those that are important to you. Everyone has something that doesn't sit well with them.
I believe that everyone has the ability to solve their own issues working together with someone who is not emotionally involved in the situation who can bring clarity and understanding to the counselling session.
Life is never straight forward with many feeling as if they are the odd one out in a perfect world. By talking, a different reality is most likely to emerge.
I conduct sessions in an open space where you will be free to talk about how you really feel instead of painting a picture of having everything together.
Therapy is a working relationship between myself as the therapist and the client. I meet clients at my home practice and very often the first session can feel a little daunting as the fear of the unknown can be overwhelming at times. However this is the first important step in looking at the issues you are seeking support with. The number of sessions is dependent on the issues that you wish to discuss and my work is client-led, should therapy not be right with me, it is important to find a counsellor who you feel connected to.
By the end of our work you will have strategies, tools and techniques in place to support you long term, very often the option to talk to someone not connected to your situation personally or emotionally can bring huge rewards in its own right.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am involved in a Domestic Abuse charity and co-ordinate over 35 clients currently in counselling. I have a real passion for the difference talking therapies can make to those who are struggling in life.
I am trained facilitator for the Freedom Programme, a 12-week course on Domestic Abuse which is an area I have worked in for the last 6 years.
I a fully qualified hypnotherapist qualifying with the Anglia School of Hypnotherapy and then studied to complete as a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in the same year. NLP looks at different thoughts, behaviours and it can be useful with any number of issues.
I have also written an 8-week confidence course based on the principles of Acceptance & Commitment therapy which I have studied since 2015. This is delivered locally within the Breckland area.
I am a registered accredited member of the National Counselling Society & BACP and abide by their ethical framework(s) for good practice.
I am regularly updating my practice by attending training courses across a wide range of issues and within my work as the founder of a domestic abuse charity.
I trained in November 2019 to becoming a trainer for Mental Health First Aid. This will bring a further understanding and knowledge to support those struggling with their mental health.
Registered / Accredited
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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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a specialism in domestic abuse and also mental health issues as a qualified trainer with Mental First Aid England.
I feel there should be no differences between First Aid and Mental First Aid and work hard to reduce the stigma of mental health issues in my practice.
£45.00 per hour.
Concessions offered for
Early evening and weekend appointments available, please phone, text or email to make an appointment.
I have worked with all forms of abuse over the last few years and my approach is to work with you so that you start to feel more in control of your thoughts, feelings and emotions.
I also am passionate around my work in building self-esteem and confidence by reducing the anxiety that stops us from achieving small goals that can lead to the bigger goals in life.
Small steps are the way forward and with encouragement and understanding they can be achieved.
I have the option to see clients in either Watton or my home practice. Parking is available at both sites. My home practice is on the ground floor but will require a car. My Watton practice is on a bus route from Norwich, Dereham and Thetford.