Leigh Warren-Thomas MBACP
Contacting a counsellor can feel like a big step... but it can be the first step towards getting some objective, non-judgemental support in a safe, respectful space. Each individual will have their own reasons for seeking professional support. Past events or current difficulties can cause real pain, anger and distress. You may feel at a crossroads, uncertain of how or in which direction to move forward. There might simply be an overwhelming need to have someone to turn to, someone who will genuinely listen but has no agenda of their own. Whatever has led you to this point, I believe in giving you the opportunity to tell your story at your pace in your own words.
Some people feel embarrassed or ashamed that they are seeking counselling support - there is a sense that they "should" manage or ignore their feelings and they have in some way failed. My aim is to enable my clients to find a safe release for their feelings and to make positive changes for the future. Together, we can develop an understanding of the what, why and how of the issues you bring. As the picture becomes clear, we can begin to progress towards realistic, meaningful aims that are decided upon by you and remain under your control.
It's important that you feel okay talking openly and honestly with your counsellor, and that you feel a sense of trust. Counselling is an active process which has a mix of support and challenge. You will need to take an active part in the sessions - and if you feel comfortable with me, that will make the process easier.
I work in a quiet, comfortable and private room, conveniently located with free on-street parking or a short walk from the bus stop, within reach of the New Forest, Salisbury, Romsey, Downton, Fordingbridge and many surrounding villages.
Choosing a counsellor is an important decision. There's only so much you can find out from a directory entry like this, so please feel free to get in touch. I'm a friendly, warm, approachable person - lots of people say I put them at their ease!
If you'd like to know something that's not mentioned here, please ring or email me. Your questions and queries are welcome - there's no obligation to do anything afterwards if you don't want to.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor from a BACP accredited training course and I undertake regular CPD and supervision. In 2015 I successfully completed a Certificate in Couples Counselling training course. As well as my private clients, I have counselled for a national carers' charity and for a student counselling service in a university.
I work with people from a wide age range, from 16+ right through to clients who are in their 80s and beyond. We've worked on issues that include:
- relationship difficulties
- bereavement, grief and loss
- feelings of guilt
- unhelpful patterns of behaviour
- developing positive thinking
- fears about the future
- bullying (including being the bully)
- financial worries
- life changes/life events
- feeling "stuck" or in a rut
- being a carer
- abusive relationships
- struggling to cope
- family breakdown
This is by no means a complete list, so if the issue that's uppermost in your mind isn't here, please don't be put off.
I am also a qualified music therapist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council UK. In this field I work primarily with clients who have been diagnosed with various disabilities; this has given me a good understanding of the demands of caring for and managing the needs of those who are unable to care for themselves.
I am a member of both the BACP and the BAMT (British Association of Music Therapists), and work in accordance with the professional code of ethics of both organisations.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per standard session of 50 minutes.
Longer sessions by arrangement, with a pro rata adjustment to the fee.
Initial telephone consultation free of charge
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekdays, by arrangement. Some evening appointments available.
Types of client