Hello my name is Lenore. I am an Integrative Counsellor which means that I am able to use different models to suit the individual as I do not believe that one model is suited to everyone, as each one is a unique individual. I have been qualified since 1999 and have worked in education, disability, addiction and mental health and with people of different ages and cultural background. I have a wealth of life experiences and I am able to empathise on an experential level. I believe it is important to "Take Time Out To Listen To Yourself" To question, to reflect and hear those things that we may not be able to admit to ourselves or we may not want to hear so they get lost in the rush of everyday life.
Besides my practice I work as an Affiliate Counsellor for several EAP (Employee Assistant Programme) I work on a one to one basis with adults and older people. I offer a confidential service and I aim to work with you in a sensitive way that will enable you to make sense of things, gain a different perspectives and develop a deeper awareness of self and understanding of your problems. I am sensitive to the cultural and ethical background of individuals, to people's religious beliefs and respect these as an important part of who they are
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a therapeutic relationship which gives you the space to talk about your problems and concerns with someone who is skilled and has the time and objectivity to listen without judging, giving advice or becoming involved. Counselling is not only about problems but a way of building your Personal Development for example, having a better relationship with yourself and getting to understanding your relationship patterns etc....
How can Counselling help?
People seek counselling for different reasons. They may feel sad, hurt or angry, even overwhelmed by the things that have happened to them in the past; painful or difficult situations in the present and anxiety about the future. Whatever your reasons, I am committed to providing you with a safe space where you can explore your concerns and arrive at your own adult decisions without fear of being judged or shamed.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us". ( Ralph Waldo Emerson)
What you can expect in your first session:
The first session is an opportunity for us to get a feel of what it would be like to work together. It is as important that you feel comfortable to work with your counsellor, as it is for the counsellor to work with you. I believe that having a good working relationship is important to our work and helps to build trust and mutual respect.
I would take some personal details and ask some questions in order to begin to get some ideas of what you are hoping to get from the sessions this helps to give the sessions some focus. It also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions or concern you may have at the end.
If you feel that we can work together you will be given an "information sheet" outlining how I work and what you can expect from me. The sessions last for 50 minutes which is regarded an hour in counselling time.
My practice is based in Purley and the nearest stations are Purley Oaks and Purley. There's also good bus routes from Croydon, Coulsdon and the surrounding areas. My Practice is set within a garden and there is access to a toilet within the practice and it's own side entrance. There is good parking availability.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma In Clinical Counselling Supervision.
Post Graduate Diploma inTherapeutic Counselling.
Certificate in Teaching Adults.
CSCT/AEB Combined Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory.
RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills and the Development of Learning.
Prior to my Private Practice I taught Counselling skills and Personal Development for many years at a Further Education College. I have also, worked as a volunteer Counsellor for charities.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My Fees are as Follows:
Inital Assessment for £40.00.
Each Following Session - £45.00
Students/ Trainee Counsellors: £35.00 for the initial Assessment. and £35 per following session.
Supervision: £50.00 for one hour session. I offer a Concession rate for Trainee Counsellors who may be looking for extra supervision.
Couples Counselling: £65.00 per one hour session.
As a Registered MBACP (Accredited member) I subscribe to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I maintain this by attending CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and regular supervision which helps me to become more effective in my work and to ensure both therapeutic and professional standards are maintained.
Making the decision to come to counselling can be very difficult for some people, especially if you are someone who finds it difficult to ask for help and see it as a weakness. It is quite the opposite. Take the first step by making that call as it may help you to decide if you want to take it a step further.
I have a voice mail service so should you call and I am not available to take the call please leave a message and I shall return your call within 24 hours.