Leigh Whittaker - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (MBACP)
The most important part of starting therapy is to feel truly ready to seek the help you deserve. This applies to everyone, whether you are considering counselling for the first time, have experienced therapy in the past or have struggled to find a solution that feels right for you. Taking the first step is often the most difficult.
I appreciate that choosing a therapist can be an overwhelming and challenging task. Finding someone who will understand your experience, and that you feel comfortable speaking to, can be an intimidating process. To help make this easier, I offer a free telephone consultation, allowing you to speak to me directly and get a sense of the type of therapy I offer.
I am an integrative relational therapist who will adapt my practice to you. I choose to be integrative in my approach as I believe that the needs and story behind each individual are unique and a “one size fits all” ethos cannot be applied when it comes to counselling. Together we will find a style that works for you.
You may already have an understanding of your reasons for seeking therapy, or maybe you have reached a point where you know you are ready for support but aren’t quite sure why you feel the way you do. I can provide you with a safe space, where you can talk in a relaxed and informal way to explore what it is that brought you to therapy.
I can help you gain insight around your internalised beliefs, unconscious patterns and repeated behaviours that may dictate your life. With this awareness, you may find yourself empowered to make new autonomous decisions. While you explore your emotions at a pace that is right for you, I will listen without making any judgements, seeking to help you overcome barriers and make progress on your journey.
If you choose to have sessions with me, the amount of time you attend therapy is completely up to you. I enjoy working with people long-term to get to the root of what it is they are experiencing. I often work with clients who describe feeling left with a sense of “unfinished business” from previous short-term counselling and feel ready to explore themselves beyond a surface level.
Whatever your situation, please feel free to contact me to find out more. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about myself, the way I work, or counselling in general. I also have a website you can visit for further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, trained at the Northern Guild for psychotherapy. Based in Newcastle, the Northern Guild is one of the leading accredited training organisations for those studying therapy in the region.
I have been in practice since May 2018. Whilst this has given me a wealth of experience to date, I am still extremely passionate about supporting those who feel ready to face their therapeutic journey.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Telephone consultation - Free
50 minute initial assessment - £25
50 minute session - £45
I offer a 20% discount available for full time students and to those who are unemployed.
Please see my website for more information.
Concessions offered for
I am currently only offering video call sessions and "Walk and Talk" therapy (please feel free to contact me for more information).