Leigh Whittaker - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (MBACP)
We are currently experiencing an unusual time as a result of COVID-19. This may naturally cause anxiety, stress and low mood. Everyone should have the opportunity to talk through their experiences during such a troubling time, therefore I will be offering discounted sessions to those who have found themselves unemployed as a result of the pandemic. You may have already been experiencing these feelings before the current situation and would like to use this time to explore them. I can support you in making sense of your thoughts, feelings and needs, at a pace that is comfortable for you.
I am an integrative relational therapist who will adapt my practice to you, focusing on your story in order to better achieve your goals.
My core training is in Transactional Analysis which forms the theoretical framework for the therapy that I offer. This would mean I ask you to come up with a therapeutic goal so that I know we are working on what you need. If you are uncertain of what this goal is when you begin therapy, then we can take our time. Together, we can make sense of what it is you need.
You might attend therapy for only a short period, or you might extend this over a few months or even years. However long you would like to attend, is entirely up to you.
I can provide you with a safe space, where you can talk in a relaxed and informal way, exploring what it is that brought you to therapy. While there may be no easy answer to some of the complex problems in your life, I will listen and help you to frame the difficult questions. 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 progress on your personal journey.
If you would like to find out more, please feel free to explore my website.
or alternatively, email me to arrange a free telephone consultation.
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 video call 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).