Seeking out a Counsellor probably isn’t on anyone’s bucket list and the prospect of asking for help or divulging your private thoughts to a stranger can feel daunting and scary.
Feeling comfortable with the right therapist is essential and it is the relationship and connection between client and therapist that facilitates respect, trust, and feeling understood, in terms of what your world and life feels like for you. My training as an Integrative Counsellor reflects the needs of the individual, integrating different approaches in a way that best suits the person I am working with.
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Life events can create much turmoil, whether from past or current relationship / experiences. A break-up in relationship, the loss of somebody close, work place stress, a lack of control can lead to a feeling of helplessness and anxiety, depression and a loss of confidence.
You may be dealing with a difficult issue alone with seemingly no way out, be tired of holding a secret or having to behave in a certain way. Alternatively you may not be feeling yourself and can’t pinpoint why, feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger or depression can be triggered and come to the surface when we least expect it.
At times like these we sometimes benefit from a different type of support apart from what friends and family can provide. Counselling can help you to get through those times. It is a unique process that helps you to develop self-awareness and supports you to discover and strengthen your inner resources, empowering you to make changes in life.
Seeking counselling does not mean you are going crazy or are weak. In fact taking this step has shown strength and initiative to recognise that you want to stop feeling the way that you do.
I am a warm and down to earth counsellor with much life experience and like you do not exist in a perfect life. No matter how strong, independent and ‘together’ we think we are we all have times in our lives that are challenging and take us off balance. My training enables me to support you to gain insight and awareness into what has caused this imbalance and supports you to become empowered in dealing with your situation and regain control of your feelings and behaviour.
I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space to listen, explore and support you to work through what is distressing you. I support you to develop strategies to understand, manage perspectives and to come to a healthier and happier balance.
My website leilajackson Counselling.com (within the blog section) provides more information on how I can support you with the debilitating feelings of anxiety, depression, relationship issues and loss amongst other issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained in London and have a certificate in Humanistic Counselling, a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling and am also a qualified Cognitive Behaviour hypnotherapist. I have full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance, I also have regular supervision. I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Code of Ethics for good practice.
My work has enabled me to experience a broad and diverse range of clients from all walks of life. I have experience of working within an alcohol and drug addiction centre and as a counsellor in the primary care sector in GP surgeries. I can help with relationship issues, feelings of depression, anxiety, panic, bereavement, loss, stillbirth, termination, phobias, work related stress, specific mental health or loss of meaning. Working in the voluntary sector I have supported clients and carers whose lives have been impacted by cancer and in turmoil by an unknown future. I work within a Woman’s centre with self referring clients struggling to come to terms with domestic, sexual or emotional abuse.
Further training in:
- Time limited counselling
- Psychiatry, Psychopathology and Psychodynamics
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Eating Disorders
- Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Insomnia
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
I offer an extended consultation session of approximate one and half hours which is an opportunity for us to meet and discuss your concerns and to ensure you feel comfortable and confident working together.
What can you expect? The consultation provides an opportunity for you to gain an understanding of what you can expect from a counselling session and resolve questions to help alleviating any fear or stigma. Subsequent sessions are £45 for a 50 minute counselling session.
Concessions. I may be able to offer a reduced fee for low income and unemployed clients. I will do my best to help.
Weekdays,Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. limited weekend and evening availability
I am a Qualified Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist.
People at times can undermine or feel that what they are going through is not important or relevant enough, compared to others. We are all individuals and your concerns are relative and meaningful if it is blocking or getting in the way of your sense of emotional or physiological wellbeing. Whether you feel the need to deal with a particular crisis or trauma or want help with more general issues, I offer both short term focused sessions and on-going counselling.
If you feel you would benefit from this form of counselling or like to explore further please feel free to contact me